Mainetti, an Italy-based apparel and packaging manufacturer, has opened a new plastic bag factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The new facility spans across 85,000 square feet and uses recycled content from Mainetti Polyloop, a closed-loop recycling system first launched in 2021. The system has received substantial interest and demand from retailers, brands, and garment manufacturers in Asia, Mainetti said in a statement.
Mainetti operates a clear polyethylene recycling process through which it clears packaging of ink, labelling, and contamination. The Polyloop process includes collecting unused polybags from distribution centres where they are cleaned and processed in the UK before being distributed to Mainetti’s manufacturing sites offshore, including the new factory in Bangladesh. The system has an annual processing capacity of 4,000 tonnes of recycled material. Mainetti then incorporates up to 100% recycled content in its production process.
The Dhaka facility is projected output 1.3 million bags per day, including transit bags, self-seal adhesive bags, and display bags. Production is also shortly set to commence for paper banderoles, with plans in place to produce hangers, care labels, and tags that incorporate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Mainetti is also planning to install solar panels at the new factory, aiming to generate 650 kW of clean energy.