Brandix to open first converted Green Factory
Sri Lanka’s Brandix Group will achieve an environmental milestone
this month when the apparel sector giant formally commissions the
country’s first redesigned Green Factory.
The 130,000 square-foot Brandix Casualwear factory at Seeduwa, the
Group’s lead manufacturing plant for top international retailer Marks
and Spencer (M&S) will surpass stipulated Green factory standards for
energy consumption, water conservation, solid waste management and
carbon emissions, the Group said this week.
The 30 year old factory has undergone an exhaustive conversion that
took nearly 10 months to complete and will support Marks and Spencer’s
‘Plan A’ initiative to encourage suppliers around the world to make
their supply chains carbon neutral through Green manufacturing
“The commitment of M&S fired our own passion for best practices in
eco-friendly manufacturing,” said Brandix Group Director AJ Johnpillai.
“The result is a redesigned factory that will reduce its carbon
footprint by as much as 75 per cent, achieve a 45 per cent saving in
energy and cut water consumption by nearly 60 per cent.”
He said the Green factory is one of a series of initiatives across
the group to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 35 per cent by
With an investment of US 2.5 million Dollars, the conversion of the
factory was made more challenging by the fact it was originally built
more than 30 years ago, and that it had to continue production during
its transformation into a Green manufacturing facility, Johnpillai
Another challenge was a decision that energy conservation targets
would be achieved with air-conditioning, which accounts for about 70 per
cent of the energy consumed in a garment factory, he said.