From left: Nik Bollons - Senior Consultant, Carbon Consulting Company; Dr. SampathWahala - Lecturer, Sabaragamuwa University; Lakmini Senadheera - Manager - Sustainability Assurance & Advisory Services, Sustainable Future Group; Fazal Fausz, MD, Rainco; Sanith de S Wijeyeratne - CEO, Carbon Consulting Company; Mahesh Amalean – Chairman MAS ; Sarinda Unamboowe – Outgoing CEO, Linea Aqua; Muditha Ferdinando - Incoming CEO, Linea Aqua; Sharika Senanayake – Director, Environmental Sustainability MAS
Leading swimwear manufacturer Linea Aqua (Pvt) Ltd announced its latest landmark accomplishment in the field of environmental sustainability through obtaining WaterNeutral certification for its Hanwella factory, thereby making it the first apparel manufacturing facility in the world to have achieved this status.
Water neutrality is a novel concept first coined by the Water Footprint Network of the Netherlands - a non-profit, multi-stakeholder, global organization, in collaboration with the University of Twente, which was further customised by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG) taking into account other published global concepts in developing its WaterNeutral certification. The theory behind it is based on achieving the maximum, reasonably possible reduction of a business entity’s fresh water consumption by means of reusing and recycling water. Another important requirement of this certification is the reasonable, responsible and effective investment(s) into projects aimed toward improving sustainable and equitable use of water.
Commenting on the historic occasion at the official handover ceremony, Sarinda Unamboowe, outgoing CEO/Managing Director of Linea Aqua (Pvt) Ltd who initiated the project remarked, “Linea Aqua has always placed sustainability at the forefront of its business operations and this latest initiative is no different. We pledge to become the first-ever WaterNeutral apparel manufacturer in the world, and we hope that our efforts towards reducing our operational water footprint would set a precedent within the industry.”
The Hanwella Factory has been systematically monitoring, mitigating, and replenishing its overall water consumption over a period of three years through exhaustive Water Footprint Assessments and Water Audits, conducted for its operations by an independent sustainability solutions provider - The Carbon Consulting Company - the results of which have been further verified by SFG prior to certifying the factory as WaterNeutral.
Sanith De S Wijeyeratne, CEO of CCC added, “Water is a precious natural resource that is in abundance in Sri Lanka, but we don’t give much thought about its conservation. It is heartening to see companies like Linea Aqua take the initiative towards measuring and minimising the impact of their operations on our water table. I hope that other companies will follow suit and help us safeguard one of the most vital resources we have been blessed with.”