Two manufacturing plants in the Brandix Apparel Solutions Lingerie Cluster in Sri Lanka have been awarded the Eco Factory Attributes accolade by retailer Marks & Spencer.

The award to the plants in Nittambuwa comes in recognition of them cutting energy and water consumption by 30% and 15% respectively, as well as reusing 100% of their solid waste.

That led to the factories scoring 91 points out of 100 in the M&S Eco Factory Audit, part of the retailer’s Plan A initiative launched in January 2007.

Brandix now has seven Eco Attribute recipient factories, at Koggala, Seeduwa, Giritalé and Nittambuwa in Sri Lanka, and one each in India and Bangladesh.

“Reducing the impact of our operations on the environment is a key group initiative and a continuing process at Brandix, and progressively encompasses more manufacturing locations, as we reach and surpass enterprise-wide annual targets for reducing our carbon footprint,” said Rajiv Malalasekera, CEO of Brandix Apparel Solutions Limited – Lingerie Cluster.

“Along the way, factories that produce apparel for Marks & Spencer qualify for Eco Factory Attributes, which are important independent certifications of their sustainability-linked achievements.”