Innovation meets sustainability at Sri Lanka’s Hayleys Fabric’s “Nature” Forum.
Ada Derana: Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer, Hayleys Fabric, hosted its inaugural Sustainability Forum ‘Nature’, showcasing a new generation of home-grown innovations with the potential to enable greater circularity in fashion globally.
Drawing together an array of distinguished industry stakeholders, the event served as a platform for Hayleys Fabric to demonstrate the versatile form and function of extensive collection of innovative textiles – each with their own unique innovations in sustainability, as well as the systemic optimisations made across the manufacturing process in pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
“Even though Sri Lanka contributes 0.03% to global pollution, it is still vulnerable to climate change given that it is one of the 33 global biodiversity hotspots. As the Ministry of Environment, we have set strict measures to counteract these changes but this is not a journey we can take alone. We need the support of all stakeholders, including corporates who are driving a green and circular economy. This is also a great opportunity for local businesses to capture and be a part of global supply chains which are striving to be green,” Chief Guest of the forum, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.
Hayleys Group Chairman and Chief Executive Mohan Pandithage together with members of the Hayleys Group Management Committee were present at the forum.
“The UNSDGs are especially relevant for nations like Sri Lanka. Global apparel brands require socially responsible supply chain partners who act on this priority and demonstrate transparency. We view this as an opportunity to create sustainable innovations that can transform the global fashion industry from having one of the largest environmental footprints into a truly sustainable, circular model. In this manner, we hope to strengthen the fabric of society by knitting together a better environment for all,” Hayleys Fabric Managing Director Rohan Goonetilleke said.
The highlight of the evening was a fashion show showcasing Hayleys Fabric’s innovative product range for its global and local partners. Hosted by the manufacturer’s in-house design teams the segment launched four new collections, namely; Re-cyclo (active wear) The Refuse (athleisure), Mid-Night (casual wear) and The Tone of Nature (sleep wear).
“Re-cyclo” displayed a wide range of applications of self-coloured yarns and piece dyeing methods using 100% Recycled Polyester from PET waste in dyed and undyed forms.
Utilising recycled cotton and recycled polyester from post-consumer and pre-consumer garment wastes, Hayleys Fabric showcased innovation at its best in “The Refuse” bringing the 3R concept ‘Reduce, reuse and recycle’ into action.
Offering a glimpse into sustainable fashion, a wide range of Casual Wear designed from undyed materials were showcased with the Mid-Night collection, including innovative print techniques, such as black print made from charcoal – recycled from biomass waste.
“The Tone of Nature” collection included a Sleep Wear comfort range packed with regenerated cellulosic materials and natural dyes extracted from raw materials and natural waste, processed by in-house experts.
Sri Lankan businesses are heavily focused on meeting sustainable development goals in their workplaces in keeping with the latest global trends. This move has also opened up new business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s private sector. The government of Sri Lanka is also focused on sustainable development with a special Council specially dedicated for the purpose as well as the setting up of a climate change Secretariat. Being nature friendly in innovation especially in the manufacturing sector presents lucrative business/investment opportunities for foreign businesses/investors. Given the growth and business potential of Sri Lanka’s manufacturing sector, investments in the sector would guarantee quick returns on investment.
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