In the heart of Sri Lanka, Ocean Lanka emerges as a beacon of sustainable manufacturing, spearheading environmental initiatives in the textile and apparel industry. Founded in 1996, the company has not only cemented its position as Sri Lanka's largest weft-knitted fabric manufacturer but has also set a precedent by being the first in its sector to partner with Bluesign.
Ocean Lanka's commitment to sustainable practices is palpable, evident in its strategic alliances with certification bodies like the Global Organic Textile Standard, Better Cotton Initiative, and Global Recycled Standard. The company is steadfastly working towards reducing water and energy consumption while simultaneously managing biomass responsibly, with a target to decrease consumption by over 3 percent in the next five years.
Waste management takes center stage in Ocean Lanka's operations, with a meticulous categorization system implemented for efficient disposal. An auction mechanism for fabric waste ensures responsible management, preventing overflow and maintaining a record of disposal. Collaborating with the Open University of Sri Lanka, the company is actively researching eco-friendly technologies to recycle wastewater from dyeing operations, showcasing a commitment to innovative water conservation.
Ocean Lanka's foray into energy conservation and renewable resources is equally commendable. From transitioning to LED lamps to investing in solar power, the company is on a mission to reduce its carbon footprint. Additionally, efforts towards sustainable fuelwood cultivation exemplify a holistic approach, benefiting not only the company but also the community and the environment.
Beyond its factory walls, Ocean Lanka takes bold steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Guided by a comprehensive GHG Policy, the company initiates projects aligned with Sustainable Development Goals, including carbon-neutral agriculture and reforestation programs. Collaborating with NGOs like "Rainforest Trust," Ocean Lanka extends its environmental protection commitment to preserve virgin forests across the island.
In the words of Compliance Manager Anuruddha Weerasekera, "Ocean Lanka is not just weaving fabric; we are weaving a sustainable future." The company's dedication transcends industry norms, establishing a model that emphasizes sustainability as a continuous journey towards a greener, better future. Through collaboration, innovation, and unwavering environmental responsibility, Ocean Lanka sets the stage for a global paradigm shift in manufacturing.