‘Teejay, first in the industry to develop Green Fabric’


From left: Ms Samadhi Weerakoon, DGM, CorpCom & CSR – Teejay, Rodney Arland, Chief Operating Officer, Marketing & Business Development – Teejay, receiving the green certificate from Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne, CEO of Carbon Consulting Company, Dr. Sampath Wahala, Senior Technical Advisor and Nick Bollons, Consultant - CCC

Teejay, South Asia’s leading fabric manufacturer, has taken the lead in producing green fabric for some of their key customers. The Company who was named amongst the 2016 Forbes list of Asia’s Top 200 Companies under a Billion US dollars, announced their new identity last month and the sustainability initiative is one of the long term goals under Teejay’s new direction.

This green initiative is an initial step by Teejay, who wants to drive the sustainability agenda in all aspects of their business. The Company has entered into a partnership with The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) to calculate the product carbon footprint of a selected range of their fabrics. CCC who has calculated the emissions of a selected range of Teejay’s fabric has been able to completely offset the carbon emissions associated with their production through their partner, Natural Capital Partners (NCP), UK the world’s Best Offset Retailer for six years running.

For the present, Teejay has brought together one of the leading Apparel Groups in the Island and their client UK’s Marks & Spencer (M&S) to quantify, measure and offset carbon emissions associated with a garment produced using a CarbonNeutral® fabric from Teejay’s Spring / Summer 2017 collection. Employing both local expertise and international standards, Teejay & M&S are working together to refine the calculations and aim to complete the work in time for the up and coming product lines for their spring/summer 2017 season.

Teejay’s COO for Marketing Rodney Arland says, "Sustainability is a key pillar on which we build our strategy, and this revolutionary new product is yet another demonstration of our leadership in this arena. We are proud to work with these global partners to make the world a greener place."

Having already developed an outline carbon footprint for one of its garments - including the fabric and raw materials, production and transportation process, i.e. to the end of Teejay’s’ responsibility in the supply chain (called a ‘cradle to gate’ assessment) - Teejay is now working with CCC and M&S to extend this initiative to encompass the retail, consumer use and disposal phase of the garment; otherwise known as a full 'Life Cycle Assessment.’

Teejay has already secured through CCC, a sizable stock of carbon credits from NCP, and this stock of credits will then be retired against the production runs of the garment.   

CEO of CCC, Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne says that the steps taken by Teejay to create a CarbonNeutral® product is creditable. He says, "This is the first time such a product is being developed in this region and all credit goes to the Teejay team for conceptualizing it and the level of coordination, they have managed to achieve." - Teejay

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