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ThisProject utilizes poor women affected by dumped waste by providing earning source at the same time preventing production greenhouse gas.


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Summary

The world of fashion may be stylish, glamorous and exciting, but its impact on environment is worsening day by day. Bangladesh where readymade garment industris are blooming and also increasing the greenhouse gas emission. There are around 8000 registered garment factories in Bangladesh. There is no Jhuta processing system in Bangladesh. Few recognized garment factories export their cutting waste/ Jhuta (1 sack = 100 BDT). Most well-known factories dump their cutting waste in landfill area because the selling price of jhuta is cost effective for them though the negative effect on the environment is huge. Most factories can’t do this Jhuta business due to local influential mobs, murders etc. Many investigation report claims that there are approximately 13 thousands organized criminals who have become desperate across the country including capital. Only in Narayanganj, there are 20 groups and each group has minimum 150 criminals. This is not good sign for this business. China announced the ban in July last. The ban bars imports of 24 categories of solid waste, including certain types of plastics, paper and textiles. Where the Carbon emitted by these factories make up 5% in the total emission in Bangladesh.11% women of urban area lives below the extreme poverty line.1090000 women in the urban areas of Bangladesh live in slums out of which 62% i.e.700000 are married out of which 54 % i.e.400000 are unemployed. That is why we are targeting this labor force to make a huge impact in our country. The textile waste is Bengali in Bangladesh is about 48.17million tons/year out of which is 28.42 million tons/year is cutting waste which emits about 3.19 million tons of Carbon every year. This project  connects urban waste and poverty where the slum dwellers are affected by waste directly on a daily basis though they summon to produce less waste in the society. 


Proposals

We are bot being able to find relevant such Climate Colab proposals to integrate. This is a unique idea which can be implemented not only in Bangladesh but in many RMG- centric countries. 

Our project will be able to-

  • Ensure healthy and skilled workforce
  • Saving capital
  • Investment
  • Increase monthly earning
  • Increase purchasing power
  • Ensure child education
  • Ensure women health
  • Decreasing cost of maintaining health issues due to hazards waste
  • Decrease crime tendency
  • Decrease early marriage
  • Develop social norms
  • Women empowerment
  • Adapting to environment friendly society where there will be decreasing CO2  emission.

Our proposal is meeting SDG 1, 3, 5, 10, 11,12, 13, 15


What actions do you propose?

Initially we wanted to start our project in Dhaka with 75 unemployed housewives from 3 slums in Bangladesh 25 from each and the centers from which they will receive training and knowledge will be the government schools located at Gawair, Uttara; Karail, Banani and  Chalaban, Uttara. While doing a two year research on slum dwellers we realized that the most convenient place to get the slum women is in the schools that is why we chose school as our center point where these women will receive workshop on waste management and training on how to make valuable goods out of cutting waste. The initial timeline for this project is 6 months. Importance of waste management workshop 1stweek in the month of January, For 16 days in the month of January they will receive training on handicraft making out of cutting waste, Then between February and March after every 15 days they will be trained on entrepreneurship so that they acquire the skills required to sell their handcrafted product. They will also be divided into groups of 5 each group will have a leader so that they can practice at each other’s homes and the leader can assist them. Between the month of April, May and June they will create value and will develop the skill required to produce and sell quality handcrafts. The product of handcrafts out of cutting waste include pillow cushions, bags, hijab pins, hair accessories and jewelries which they make and sell.

 


Who will take these actions and which types of actors are involved?

Trainees, Environment activist, housewives, different stakeholders, trainers.


Where will these actions be taken and how could they scale?

We have selected a convenient government primary school in every community as a training and workshop venue because it is the most accessible place to gather nearest local housewives since most of their kids study in the schools. Each training will have capacity of 25 families.

We organized 3 workshops and training to educate and motivate them.

 

Workshop 1: The workshop on “Importance of waste management” was conducted by environmental activists.

Workshop 2: The workshop on “Entrepreneurship” was conducted by successful female entrepreneurs to understand the core business skill, marketing strategies, creativity and innovation, how to build relationship with customers, making partnership, acquire and develop small scale business.

Training: Housewives were trained by handicraft professionals on how to craft out of cutting waste to build efficiency. This training took place for 15 days.

Garments waste 5% of the country’s CO2 production annually. Each garment produces 6000 tons textile waste per year. 59% of these are cutting waste called “JHUTA” in our country. Each garment produce (6000 X 59%) = 3540 tons/year cutting waste. In total it produces 28.42 million tons cutting waste annually.

Women are estimated to sell products by the month of June and the average estimate calculation that they will be making is 5000 taka a month. 4 tons of textile cutting waste  and our Carbon savings will be 0.017 tons with a QALY of 2000tk and Social returns on Investment (SROI) is 2.4Tk. The SROI we calculated is only for the 75 unemployed housewives so one can only imagine the impact when this project will be applied on 400000 current existing unemployed housewives in Bangladesh living in slums we believed that we will be able to reduce 28.42 million tons of cutting waste decreasing about 3.15 million tons of Carbon emissions which will create a huge impact in the climate. This will be able to reduce millions tons of cutting waste in RMG centered developing countries which will be able to reduce at least 2% of every RMG centered developing countries’ carbon emissions bringing a sustainable change where women will empower as to contribute to national GDP which will strive to decrease poverty.


In addition, specify the countries where these actions will be taken.

Bangladesh


Country 2

No country selected


Country 3

No country selected


Country 4

No country selected


Country 5

No country selected


Impact/Benefits:


What impact will these actions have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapting to climate change?

Garments waste 5% of the country’s CO2 production annually. Each garment produces 6000 tons textile waste per year. 59% of these are cutting waste called “JHUTA” in our country. Each garment produce (6000 X 59%) = 3540 tons/year cutting waste. In total it produces 28.42 million tons cutting waste annually.

Women are estimated to sell products by the month of June and the average estimate calculation that they will be making is 5000 taka a month. 4 tons of textile cutting waste  and our Carbon savings will be 0.017 tons with a QALY of 2000tk and Social returns on Investment (SROI) is 2.4Tk. The SROI we calculated is only for the 75 unemployed housewives so one can only imagine the impact when this project will be applied on 400000 current existing unemployed housewives in Bangladesh living in slums we believed that we will be able to reduce 28.42 million tons of cutting waste decreasing about 3.15 million tons of Carbon emissions which will create a huge impact in the climate.


What are the most innovative aspects and main strengths of this approach?

It be able to reduce millions tons of cutting waste in RMG centered developing countries which will be able to reduce at least 2% of every RMG centered developing countries’ carbon emissions bringing a sustainable change where women will empower and develop so as to contribute to national GDP which will strive to decrease poverty.

Recently China has imposed a banned on imports of 24 types of rubbish, as a part of a campaign against “foreign garbage” and environmental pollution. China was Bangladesh’s biggest exporter of waste. Due to this policy Bangladesh will face a huge challenge to allocate this waste creating a direct impact on environment and climate. That’s why it is very necessary to create resources out of these waste and our project WAR fulfills this criteria.

 

 


Costs/Challenges:


What are the proposal’s projected costs?

Cost Structure: (BDT)

Workshops- 80,000

Raw Cutting materials- 80,000

Raw materials – 20,000

Transport- 20,000

Refreshment – 10,000

total - 2,10,000

This project is quite inexpensive because our process of accessing is very convenient to fulfill our project goal. The cost to be considered is the cost of trainers and training conducted. The networking can be built within the stakeholders since the women receiving the trainings can inform their neighbors and their neighbors can advocate to other communities which is more authentic since they are listening from genuine source. Therefore there is no need of flyers and posters are not needed at a primary stage. Since this is direct one to one communication there is no need of logistic support at the primary stage.


About the Authors

Effectively working with a variety of stakeholders for the last two years in the Teach For Bangladesh programme has developed my ability to lead, mediate and negotiate in challenging situations. We possess a range of qualities including organisation, empathy, tact, diplomacy and the highest level of communication skills.

 

  1. Sadia Jafrin
    Fellow at Teach For Bangladesh (2 years teaching experience in Government Primary School); Fellow at Global Girls Education Fellowship; Co-Founder of Grow your Reader; B.Sc in Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University; M.Sc. in Governance and Development Studies, Jahangirnagar University; Post graduate of Educational Leadership & School Improvement in Brac University (Current)

 

  1. Amina Azad
    Fellow at Teach For Bangladesh (2 years teaching experience in Government Primary School); Fellow at Global Girls Education Fellowship; Co-Founder of Grow your Reader; B.Sc in Economics, Independent University Bangladesh; Post graduate of Educational Leadership & School Improvement in Brac University (Current)

 

Our Initiatives                                                                                 May 2015- Present

  • Founder of “Grow your Reader” – A program for enriching literacy skill among children received Citizens Open Forum Award.
  • Organizer of “WAR- Learn to Empower” A project that deals waste management, utilizing recyclable waste to empower the community along with keeping the environment clean as a noble citizen selected for top 20 ideas of global youth video competition organized by The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UNDP/GEF Small Grant Program.
  • Developer of “Reach For The Stars” A community project where we aspired the community by showing the children’s potential thus ensure parent’s involvement in child’s learning.
  • Developer of “FACEDUCATION” A innovative teaching learning approach which ensure ICT in classroom among low income earning society by utilizing social media (facebook) to create an inexpensive innovative method for inclusive, equitable and quality education accepted by UNESCO MGIEP Tech 2017 conference.

 


References

https://www.textiletoday.com.bd/jhuta-processing-bangladeshs-clothing-industry-unique-example-sustainable-solid-waste-management


What enabling environment would be required in order to implement this proposal?

We have selected a convenient government primary school in every community as a training and workshop venue because it is the most accessible place to gather nearest local housewives since most of their kids study in the schools. Each training will have capacity of 25 families.

We organized 3 workshops and training to educate and motivate them.

Workshop 1: The workshop on “Importance of waste management” was conducted by environmental activists.

Workshop 2: The workshop on “Entrepreneurship” was conducted by successful female entrepreneurs to understand the core business skill, marketing strategies, creativity and innovation, how to build relationship with customers, making partnership, acquire and develop small scale business.

Training: Housewives were trained by handicraft professionals on how to craft out of cutting waste to build efficiency. This training took place for 15 days.

Enabling Environment:

1. Permission from the school

2. Permission from the influential stakeholders to executing the whole project.

3. Convincing the garments authority to collect "Jhuta".

4. Controlling the flow of workshops

Challenges

  • The first and foremost challenge is allocating funding for the project. Although the budget is not so significant but it is a severe challenge for us.
  • Dealing with the mobsters since they play a huge negative role with the garments industries and especially with textile cutting waste since most of the cutting waste is smuggled by them.