Spring and summer collections at UK retailer Next will feature organic cotton clothing from Sri Lanka's Brandix Group this year.

In addition, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Woolworth in South Africa have also placed orders for organics from Brandix.

The group's main casualwear production facility for Next, in Giritale, Sri Lanka, has already supplied more than 10,000 semi-cargo pants for the retailer. These cotton ladies' pants are manufactured with organic fabric, processed at the Brandix textiles factory at Makandura, Pannala.

The Makandura factory has organic and Fairtrade certification from the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) of Switzerland.

Brandix has also received orders for 37,000 pieces of organic clothing items from M&S and Woolworth, South Africa. 

Organic certified fabrics could cost up to 30% more than standard fabric and organic garments retail at higher prices.

But the orders for organics are expected to increase and Brandix is developing its domestic supply chain to tap into the opportunity.

"This is just the first phase of initiatives within the group to establish a fully-integrated organic-certified supply chain that will enable Brandix to produce 100% organic apparel for leading global brands," said Brandix Casualwear CEO, Pravin Kalpage.

Seven Brandix Casualwear operations in Sri Lanka have already applied for GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification and the group's garment finishing operation, Brandix Finishing Limited (BFL), is also in the process of getting organic certification.

Once BFL is certified, Brandix expects to be fully linked up to provide 'organic textiles,' 'organic manufacturing' and 'organic washing'.

By Dilshani Samaraweera.