Sept 09, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Brandix, an apparel maker said one of its eco-friendly factories that made clothes for UK’s Marks & Spencer retail chain, had received a top rating from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC, leadership in energy and environmental design ‘platinum’ rating was won by a 130,000 square foot factory in Seeduwa, north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.
Brandix says it was the first time in the world that an apparel factory had received a ‘platinum’ rating from the certification body.
The plant was converted at a cost of 3 million US dollars to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent, achieve energy savings of 46 percent and water saving of 58 percent and zero sold waste for landfills.
“The fact that it is a global first for us, our country and the apparel industry worldwide, makes it all the more significant, and is a huge shot in the arm for our apparel sector¦” Brandix director AJ Johnpillai was quoted as saying in a statement.
“This is also a tribute to the local engineering skills available and in particular to our consultants EnergySolve International¦”
Brandix says its factory scored 76 points 12 points higher than the 64 required to win a platinum rating.