Sri Lanka Brandix apparels cuts eco impact, sets new targets

Sept 04, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Brandix apparel group said it had set a target to cut its environmental impact by 20 percent in the next eight year after reaching an earlier milestone ahead of schedule. The firm had recycled 961,000 cubic metres of water or 44 percent of its total intake and collects 1,400 cubic metres of rainwater each year. Brandix had also recycled 430,000 kilograms of paper this year, exported 2.5 million kilograms of cut fabric waste.

In 2011 it had supplied 164,000 kilograms of shredded defective garments to handicrafts and cleaning applications, which would have normally been incinerated.

Experiments were under way to use industrial sludge – a byproduct of water treatment, which was earlier made into construction bricks – in coal boilers.

Somarathne said Brandix had issued a sustainability report which the firm says is a first for a privately held group.

The group is expecting annual revenues to hit 600 million US dollar in the current financial year from around 540 million US dollars last year. The group operates 42 facilities in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

The company had switched from using furnace oil to biomass in boilers at its factories with