CEMBA has a distinguishable business model as it is the only company in the world, which produces humanitarian aid products from garment waste. It is also the first company, which customizes its products based on the needs of the end users (refugees). CEMBA’s goal is to design its products based on the needs, comfort and the feedback it gets from the users. Therefore, it strives to combine the high standards of its products with the sleeping traditions in Bangladesh, by integrating traditional elements within its modern design. CEMBA is also a pioneer in implementing strategies for closing the loop in the humanitarian aid products, by extending their life cycle. The goal is to maximize the impact of the humanitarian response, enabling as such the humanitarian organizations to save resources and subsequently maximizing their aid.
CEMBA’s goal is to work together with NGOs and Humanitarian agencies in order to address the sleeping needs of the vulnerable people. CEMBA’s vision is to offer dignity to the uprooted population worldwide, which according to the UNHCR are 68,6 million. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Most of the children have experienced multiple traumas and are a high-risk group for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The effects of trauma are known to be associated with sleep problems. CEMBA’s goal is to work together with NGOs and Humanitarian agencies in order to address the sleeping needs of the vulnerable people. CEMBA designs sleeping products with special focus to ensure comfortable and cozy sleep for the children who have been going through the traumatic experience of “being refugee”. CEMBA believes that providing high quality sleeping products can improve the dignity of these people – its products can keep refugees dry and warm protecting them from illnesses.
Traumas & sleeping problems
NGO's & humanitarian organizations
For the production of its products, CEMBA is utilizing the waste produced during the manufacturing operations from the garment industry in Bangladesh. Between 500,000 and 700,000 tonnes of textile leftovers are created in Bangladesh each year. CEMBA is re-using the textile for producing mattresses and blankets and preventing the waste to end up in the landfills, which through incineration is releasing hazardous emissions – CO2 and N2O. It estimates to absorb approximately 4,5kg of synthetic waste, which is equal to 4kg of CO2 and 28gr of N2O from the production of each unit of mattress.
Textile leftovers per year
Absorption of CO2 and N2O per mattress