The region's leading swimwear manufacturer recently reinforced their standing as a frontrunner in environmental sustainability by rectifying their Hanwella Factory as CarbonConscious®, WaterConscious® & WasteConscious® for a second consecutive year. The certifications were awarded following stringent conformity assessments that measured the factory’s greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation, water consumption & wastage, and inspections of the comprehensive management plans that have been introduced to mitigate the environmental impact caused by the said focus areas.
Receiving the certifications, Sarinda Unamboowe, CEO/Managing Director of Linea Aqua (Pvt) Ltd remarked, “We have always placed sustainability at the forefront of our business operations. The certifications are a testament to Aqua’s long-term commitment towards reducing our impact, in the hope of safeguarding the environment for the next generation; and we will continue to find innovative ways to achieve these goals.”
The independent consultancy services were provided by the country’s most recognised sustainability solutions expert - The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC). Commenting on Linea Aqua’s achievements,
Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne, CEO of Carbon Consulting Company, stated, “We are humbled to work alongside industry giants such as Linea Aqua who are passionate about conserving our national resources and taking strong action to ensure that they mitigate the impact of their operations on the planet.”
CertifiedConscious® is part of a proprietary, diverse range of certifications developed following internationally accepted standards and protocols to measure, manage and mitigate/enhance key environmental impact areas such as carbon, water, waste and biodiversity, by the region’s first verification & certification provider to be accredited for ISO14064 - The Sustainable Future Group (SFG).
“We can confirm that Linea Aqua has met all the required criteria to obtain Carbon, Water & WasteConscious® certifications, including having systems in place for the reduction of the identified impact areas”, Lakmini Senadheera, Manager Sustainability Assurance & Advisory Services at Sustainability Future Group stated during the certificate handover.
Linea Aqua is no stranger to sustainable business practices. From tree planting in the Sri Lankan rainforest conservation project “Hiniduma Bio-link”; improving facilities in rural schools & elders’ homes; to large-scale habitat restoration & clearing-up projects in Bundala & Yala National Parks, they have made sure sustainability is part and parcel of their organisational operations. In addition, Linea Aqua announced their intention to make their Hanwella Factory WaterNeutral® by the next fiscal year. The company plans to systematically replenish all the water they use in their factory operations, towards reaching an ambitious goal of becoming the first garment manufacturer to become ‘water neutral’ - a concept first coined by the Water Footprint Network of the Netherlands that has been adapted to a regional context by SFG.