The global apparel industry has earned itself a reputation of being the second most polluting industry in the world. It is also the industry that consumes the most amount of water and is seen to contribute heavily to our global carbon footprint. We at FAAMA realise that in order to build a truly valuable supply chain it is important to focus on not just coming together to strengthen our local manufacturing base but also to create unique value by committing to being the most sustainable, collaborative and transparent manufacturing supply chain globally.
We have made a pact to collaborate at FAAMA on scaling the unique innovations of FAAMA’s member entities to minimize water consumption, waste and carbon footprint and create a fully sustainable supply chain.
One key sustainability initiative spearheaded by FAAMA is a knowledge-sharing platform among its members that looks at best practices for achieving sustainability as well as restoring environments through initiatives like tree-planting programmes.
Our goal is to make Sri Lanka the world’s foremost destination for sustainable apparel. FAAMA’s priority is to lead by example to support its growing vendor base by ensuring that its supply chain offers maximum traceability and minimum impact on the planet.
As much as it is our responsibility to protect our planet, it is also our responsibility to protect our people. FAAMA and its member entities strive to give back to the country that they call home.
One of FAAMA’s upcoming CSR initiatives is the institution of the Coastal Clean Up Crew – a group of FAAMA members who came together to put together an islandwide beach clean up, investing Rs. 1.5m in protecting and preserving our coastlines from the ravages of pollution.
Sri Lanka’s marine environments and coastlines have seen great distress over the last two years, most majorly with the sinking of the MV Express Pearl off its western coast in May 2021, contributing heavily to an already widespread plastic pollution problem in Sri Lankan waters. Through the Coastal Clean Up Crew, FAAMA hopes to play at least a small part in helping restoring Sri Lanka’s coastlines to their former glory.
A virtual roadshow will be held where FAAMA will host representatives from the Textile and Accessory sector & organizations in the apparel industry by providing a stage for introducing innovative new ideas and solutions that embrace the importance of sustainability driven innovation. This initial exchange of knowledge will be sustained through the ‘FAAMA Collective’.
The ‘FAAMA Collective’
The FAAMA Collective will be a continuously evolving hub of knowledge comprised of all the major sectors of the textile and accessory industry (i.e., fabrics, elastics, threads, needles, packaging, etc.).
Each sector is to have a representative for efficient communication and exchange of information. The main role of the ‘Collective’ will be to continue the development and exchange of innovative solutions within the industry.
Bi-annual meetings will be held where sectors & organizations will be able to present respective challenges that they have identified at different levels of the apparel industry. Following which, through the exchange of new innovative ideas facilitated by the FAAMA Collective, solutions will be proposed to the Apparel industry as a whole.