Croatia is home to one of the world’s largest green textile industries.
Its GDP grew by 5.4 per cent in the first quarter of the year and its textile production increased by 7 per cent.
But its green textile manufacturing industry is worth a total of $50 billion.
In the same period, the economy in the neighbouring country of Serbia grew by 7.5 per cent, according to statistics from the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The value of the Croatian textile industry is currently estimated at around $12bn.
According to a report from the Slovenian National Council for Science and Technology (LNSST), the green textile sector is one of Europe’s most important green technologies.
The country’s textile production and textile industries employ more than 40,000 people and contribute to Croatia’s economic growth.
The government is working to create a green textile research centre, an environmental protection agency and a green technology training centre.
However, the country is struggling to get the right mix of green technologies and green businesses, LNSST said.
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This article was first published on Al Jazeera’s website on June 17, 2018 and is updated frequently.