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BOI Sri Lankan industry introduces “Green Factories”

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(Colombo, Lankapuvath March 17) – In today’s world the consumer will increasingly decide to purchase goods, which are manufactured in an ethical manner and not the result of unethical or exploitative processes of production. Hence, many consumers will be socially aware that currently the environment faces many threats and will insist that the goods they purchase are produced in an environmentally friendly manner. It is also correct to say that in many western countries there is a conscious policy to introduce an eco friendly lifestyle.

Sri Lanka has always had a good environmental record and the lifestyle of her people is generally considered eco-friendly. Presently many of her exports are textiles and garments, which are destined to countries where the consumers often expect imports to be produced in an environmentally friendly manner.

It therefore follows that the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, the country’s investment promotion agency, has actively encouraged investors who produce goods, notably garments in an environmentally friendly manner. In fact many of the leading players in the textile and garment industries have indeed introduced such measures at their manufacturing plants.

These measures are multifaceted and include the adoption by many of the leading clients of policies aimed at reducing global warming and which favour recycling and reducing emissions of chemical substances. In addition new factories are built from the onset as green factories to ensure the protection of the atmosphere, the water and soil. They have also focused on the creation of an environmental awareness among their staff in addition to building and strengthening strong ties with local communities.

These are some of the criteria that need to be adopted to be awarded green factory status, which three leading apparel manufacturers from Sri Lanka, Brandix green factory at Seeduwa, MAS Intimates “Thurulie” and CKT Apparel – “Mihila” operating under the BOI have already achieved. Their success stories need to be examined.

Brandix green factory at Seeduwa
Being the pioneer of the concept of “total solutions” in Sri Lanka’s apparel sector, the Brandix Green Factory at Seeduwa was the first apparel manufacturing facility in the world to be rated Platinum under the LEED Green Building System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

MAS Intimates “Thurulie”
The MAS Intimates Thuruli factory in Thulhiriya is the world’s first garment eco-friendly factory recently awarded LEED (Platinum) Certification established by the US Green Building Council.

CKT Apparel – “Mihila”
Mihila is the newest addition to the Hirdramani Group and the first apparel factory in the world to be honoured with the Gold rating of the LEED certification under new construction category by the US green building council. This state of the art factory saves 48% of its energy, when compared to a conventional factory.

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