Brandix breathes life into World Environment Day with reforestation
Wednesday 8 June 2022 00:24 SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
June 7, Colombo: Brandix celebrates World Environment Day 2022 by reforesting a 10 hectare patch of land in Rambukkana, Sri Lanka in partnership with the Department of Forest Conservation and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sri Lanka.
With concern for the planet sewn into the fabric of its operations for over a decade and a half, the company continues its sustainability journey by planting 3000 ‘Gaaya’ trees with Nishantha on land adjacent to Brandix Essentials’ facility in Rambukkana Edirisinghe – Conservator of Forest, Department of Forest Conservation, Sampath Ranasinghe, Program Coordinator (Energy & Waste) of UNDP in Sri Lanka, and Ahamed Ilthimas, Group Head – Engineering of Brandix also attended the event.
As a prerequisite for long-term growth and value creation for the company and its stakeholders, the company’s sustainability framework is anchored in the pillars of air, water and earth. With a concern for its employees, the communities in which it operates and the planet we live on, Brandix is at the heart of everything the company does and is driven by the goal of committed to sustainability.
Vinura Jayewardene, Environmental Sustainability Engineer at Brandix, said the following at the ceremony. “Forests are home to most of the Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity, and the plants that grow within them are instrumental in mitigating climate change, provide quality water and provide habitats for many pollinators essential to sustainable food production. Against this background, feeding humanity and preserving ecosystems are complementary and interdependent goals.”
Vinura spoke of carefully selecting the gaaya plant for this reforestation as the fallen branches are popular firewood that supports the community.
“Given our current context in Sri Lanka with the prevailing energy and possible food crisis, there is no better time to do our part to give back to the environment that, quite frankly, enables our existence.”
Brandix has already demonstrated its strong commitment to sustainability, including with global benchmarks such as its Batticaloa factory, recognized in 2019 as the world’s first net carbon neutral apparel manufacturing facility, and the Seeduwa facility, the world’s first LEED Platinum certified manufacturing facility in 2008. Green buildings like this have a profound impact on combating climate change and also on people’s quality of life. Going even beyond the focus on reducing negative impacts, the company now includes many new initiatives like this reforestation project in Rambukkana, which has a positive impact on the environment, in its multi-pronged approach to truly transformative action.
“As the world goes ‘Code Red’ due to climate change and the loss of nature and biodiversity around the world, this year’s World Environment Day 2022 #OnlyOneEarth campaign calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate ours protect and restore planet. UNDP in Sri Lanka has long provided support in responding to the impacts of climate change and natural and man-made disasters by exploring the potential of renewable energy, while supporting the reform and upgrading of environmental management systems and protecting our biodiversity. Through the ongoing partnership with Brandix, we look forward to making a lasting impact for a sustainable Sri Lanka built on a green development path,” said Malin Herwig, UNDP Sri Lanka Executive Director.
Reforestation is a conscious attempt to regrow vegetation normally lost to human activity or natural disasters, and helps restore and maintain balance in our environment. Replenishing the air we breathe by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through carbon sequestration is crucial, in addition to improving biodiversity in wildlife habitats and soil fertility.
As a leading apparel manufacturer serving world-renowned brands, Brandix firmly believes in leading the way in sustainable manufacturing through long-term initiatives that make a positive impact on climate change for its business, stakeholders, communities and the planet. Moving forward, the company will continue to drive sustainable business growth by continually benchmarking its operations against global best practices through multi-stakeholder partnerships and in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). .