Sri Lanka’s Brandix clothing exporter cuts energy, water use with redesigned plant

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

April 15, 2008 (PBO) Sri Lanka’s Brandix Group, which exports clothes to international retailer Marks & Spencer, has spent 2.5 million dollars to redesign a 30-year-old factory to meet ‘green’ factory standards. The conversion achieved a 45 percent saving in energy, cut water consumption by nearly 60 percent, improved solid waste management and reduced carbon emissions, a company statement said Tuesday.

The 130,000 square-foot casual-wear factory at Seeduwa, north of Colombo, to be commissioned this month, has a rain water harvesting system contributing 15 percent of the 64,000 litres of recycled water used daily.

Brandix is one of Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporters and says it has a consolidated annual turnover of over 320 million dollars.

The Seeduwa factory underwent an “exhaustive conversion” that took nearly 10 months to complete, the statement said.

It was supported by Marks & Spencer’s initiative to encourage suppliers around the world to make their supply chains carbon neutral through ‘Green’ manufacturing processes, it said.

It quoted Brandix Group Director A J Johnpillai as saying that the redesigned factory will reduce its carbon footprint by as much as 75 percent.

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