Ocean Lanka has partnered cotton made in Africa (CmiA) to increase its share of sustainable cotton. The partnership will allow Ocean Lanka to increase its proportion of sustainable cotton to 75 per cent by 2025. It will also allow the company to expand its responsible fabrics portfolio, which includes; organic cotton, GOTS certified organic cotton fibers, and BCI cotton.
Established in 1996, Ocean Lanka supplies knitted fabrics to renowned international brands including Victoria’s Secret, PVH (Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein), Nike, Uniqlo, GAP, Amazon, Michael Kors, Marks and Spencer, Lacoste, Puma, Intimissimi, and Hanes. The company is a joint venture between Hong Kong-based Fountain Set Holdings and local apparel giants Hirdaramani Group and Brandix Lanka.
Cotton made in Africa is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation, which operates on the principle that partnering retailers and brands pay a license fee for every product bearing the CmiA label. CmiA then reinvests the licensing revenue towards training smallholder cotton farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, thereby improving their living conditions.