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Hirdaramani Sustains True Progress with Mihila

Updated: Apr 7



Sustainability is a concept that carries so much weight in the modern business environment. You can’t ignore the importance of adapting existing practices, and making conscious choices for a cleaner world. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have been set to make the world much better by 2030, something EO members are quite familiar with. One member of the EO community took the challenge and stepped up to the plate to help change the apparel industry in Sri Lanka.


Nikhil Hirdaramani is the director of the Hirdaramani Group, a 4th generation leader in apparel manufacturing across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Ethiopia. Nikhil’s years in the family business had him focusing on supply chains and marketing, essential aspects of any successful business. Nowadays, he leads the entire group’s sustainability initiatives, putting it front and center of their strategies moving forward. His personal convictions have allowed him to become a true mover and shaker in sustainability in his home country, chairing the Sri Lanka Sustainability Forum as part of the Sri Lanka Design Festival. The commitment is there, but it is also in how Nikhil and the Hirdaramani group approach sustainability that makes them so intriguing.



The most concrete example of these efforts has been the group’s revolutionary carbon neutral facility in Sri Lanka. The Hiradaramani Group’s Mihilia factory was the first certified carbon neutral factory in Asia in 2012, later earning an LEED Gold certification for good measure. Mihila is the world’s first custom built green apparel factory, focusing on reducing energy consumption, water consumption, and waste management. Through better tech choices, and a conscious effort towards conserving resources, Mihilia is the gem of the Sri Lankan clothing industry. They tick all the boxes for making a facility more eco-friendly, from the rainwater collection, to the solar panel implementation. Mihilia was also the site of the first ever factory to mass produce upcycled garments en masse which were sold by Tesco.


The Hiradaramani Group’s efforts towards sustainable practices haven’t gone unnoticed in their industry. Patagonia is one such brand that has taken their business to Mihilia in recent years. As one of the planet’s most socially active apparel groups, Patagonia’s choice to work with Hiradaramani shows that there is room for sustainability in the clothing industry .

Nikhil and his group have seen going green as an opportunity to make a positive impact for their more that 60,000 employees and their communities. Customers understand how that The Hiradaramani Group’s environmental efforts make the world a better place. The fact that customers are putting their money behind a group like Hiradaramani shows that being sustainable doesn’t need to translate to a monetary loss. Even in a specialized industry like garment manufacturing, Mihila, one of its newer facilities in Sri Lanka is the 1st ever carbon neutral facility in Asia.

Nikhil and his group have seen going green as an opportunity to make a positive impact for their more that 60,000 employees and their communities. Customers understand how that The Hiradaramani Group’s environmental efforts make the world a better place. The fact that customers are putting their money behind a group like Hiradaramani shows that being sustainable doesn’t need to translate to a monetary loss. Even in a specialized industry like garment manufacturing,


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Mihila in Sri Lanka is the 1st ever Carbon Neutral certified, LEED Gold certified and Fair Trade Certified™ facility in Asia. For a better look at their impact, read about the factory's conservational statistics here




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