The internationally unique Brandix Green Plant in Seeduwa, the world's first and only Platinum-rated Green apparel factory, clinched the Gold Award at the National Cleaner Production Awards 2008, in recognition of its environment-friendly production practices.
The factory which won the top award in Large Organization category, also received an award for energy efficiency and a Merit certificate for excellence in resources efficiency, at a gala awards ceremony held at Trans Asia Hotel last week.
The awards recognise organizations that have voluntarily adopted cleaner production to generate demonstrable benefits such as quality improvement, easier penetration of and easier legal and regulatory compliance, new market opportunities, improvements in work environments, better public image and easier legal and regulatory compliance.
Commenting on this latest accolade, Brandix Casualwear Managing Director AJ Johnpillai said cleaner production is motivated by environmental imperatives but also makes economic sense as it could increase production efficiency while minimising waste and emissions.
"Cleaner production increases the productivity of a business by ensuring a more efficient use of raw materials, energy and water and also promotes environmental compliance. The Brandix Green Plant has been recognized internationally as a model for all of these aspects," he said.
Cleaner production is motivated by environmental imperatives but also makes economic sense as it could increase production efficiency while minimising waste and emissions. AJ Johnpillai, Managing Director
The Brandix Green Factory at Seeduwa was rated Platinum under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The 130,000 square-foot complex is Brandix Casualwear's lead manufacturing plant for global giant Marks & Spencer and sets a global benchmark for low energy consumption, water conservation, solid waste management and low carbon emissions. It is the only converted Green Factory in the world to receive the Platinum rating, the highest standard in eco-friendly manufacture.
Following its conversion to an Eco Centre at a cost of US $ 3 million, the 30-year old factory has achieved a reduction of carbon emissions by 80 per cent, an energy saving of 46 per cent, a reduction of water consumption of 58 per cent and zero solid waste to landfill, eco-friendly indicators as yet unmatched by any re-designed Green Plant anywhere in the world.
A member of United Nations International Development Organisation's (UNIDO) and United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global network of cleaner production centres, the National Cleaner Production Center of Sri Lanka has been functioning for the past six years promoting cleaner production in enterprises.
Brandix pioneered the concept of total solutions in the Sri Lankan apparel industry and has been recognized as Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter by the Export Development Board for the past two years. Comprising of 25 fully-integrated manufacturing facilities backed by strategically located international sourcing offices, the Brandix Group specializes in casual bottoms, intimate and active wear, textiles, knitted fabrics, sewing and embroidery thread, accessories and hangers, and offers wet processing and finishing and fabric printing. Brandix is a preferred solutions provider to some of the world's best brands, including Gap, Marks & Spencer, Victoria's Secret, NEXT, Lands End, Ann Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch and Tommy Hilfiger.