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Asia’s Greenest Apparel Factory recognised as the World’s Best Garment Maker

06 April 2016 |

Asia’s FIRST CarbonNeutral® Apparel Manufacturer, and the county’s iconic green factory – the Hirdaramani Group’s Mihila, was recently recognised as Garment Maker of the Year at the World Textile Awards.

Headquartered in London, the mission of the World Textile Awards is to provide a global platform for outstanding textile companies to share their successes and promote excellence at all levels of the industry. Formed of a combination of textile professionals and individuals with experience across events and awards competitions, the award are committed to promoting excellence across the textile industry worldwide and rewarding the best companies, irrespective of their size or geographical location.

“Being recognised as the Garment Maker of the year is a pinnacle of our many recent achievements” says Chamara De Silva – General Manger of the Mihila Factory. “ We were set up with a vision of demonstrating that manufacturing could be carried out in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. And I believe that this award aptly demonstrates that we have fulfilled our founding mandate. We are a preferred manufacturing partner for many leading global brands, and our internationally recognised sustainability credentials proved that we are carrying out our business in an environmentally sustainable manner.”

“The recognition of Mihila as the Garment Maker of the Year has far reaching ramifications” says Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne; CEO of The Carbon Consulting Company. “This award fundamentally puts to rest the never ending debate among top industry executives, that sustainability and business success were mutually exclusive. Many senior executives often look on environmentally sustainability as an unnecessary, expensive or worst irrelevant aspect of their manufacturing business. The holistic view that was adopted by the Hirdaramani Group, in building and running a sustainable eco factory has now yielded dividends many fold. We at CCC are proud to partner the Mihila Team in their ongoing efforts to push the boundaries of corporate environmental sustainability.”

The award coincided with the recertification of the factory as a CarbonNeutral® Manufacturer by The CarbonNeutral Company’s Client Relationship Manager Ms. Vivian Frost.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Frost went on to say “We would like to congratulate Mihila in maintaining their CarbonNeutral® certification for a fourth year in a row. Having visited the Mihila factory and seen first-hand the efforts Hidramani Group is making in reducing their environmental impact, we can see that they are truly setting a great example for sustainable manufacturing in Sri Lanka.”

About the Carbon Consulting Company

The Carbon Consulting Company (http://carbonconsultingcompany.com) is a leading provider of Integrated Sustainability Solutions such as Carbon & Water Footprinting, Carbon Asset Management, Biodiversity Assessment and Life Cycle Analysis. CCC also provides mitigation options, facilitates the purchase of ethical Carbon Offsets and consults on Corporate Sustainability Management Strategies such as Carbon, Water, Waste and Energy Management to ensure that corporates are able to take accurate stock of the impact of their operations on the environment. CCC is the regional partner of the CarbonNeutral® Company, one of the world’s leading providers of carbon reduction solutions.

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Demith Gooneratne - Assistant Manager - Environmental Sustainability

Sampath Aruna - Executive - Environmental Sustainability

Chamara De Silva - General Manager – Mihila

Vivian Frost - Client Relationship Manager – The CarbonNeutral Company

Sanith de S Wijeyeratne – Chief Executive Officer - The Carbon Consulting Company

Lakmini Senadheera – Manager Sustainability Solutions - The Carbon Consulting Company