Linea Aqua prides itself on being one of the world’s premier Swimwear manufacturers, producing for several countries and numerous global events. The company has manufactured swimwear in collaboration with Speedo at the 2004 Olympics for over 15 countries and the Melbourne World Championships in 2006. Linea Aqua has a highly skilled in-house innovation team and design studio responsible for the revolutionary design and product innovation, such as the “Shape & Enhance” range using MAS-licensed Silicon technology to give the customer a more, contoured, comfortable, and premium experience.
The CCC team carried out a comprehensive assessment of Carbon, Water and Waste Footprints of the operations and identified several options for optimisation and reductions in all three areas. Linea Aqua also went one step further, by conducting a water audit to identify further reduction opportunities within the factory premises. Key areas of inefficiencies and solutions for reduction methods were also observed/noted.
Following the audits/assessments, the Hanwella factory of Linea Aqua were awarded the CarbonConscious®, WaterConscious® and WasteConscious® certifications.
Following receiving the aforementioned certifications, the Hanwella factory also achieved the milestone of becoming the FIRST WaterNeutral® Factory in Asia.
Through the findings and recommended implementations of the conducted audits/assessments, water usage in the canteen reduced by 22.9% as push taps were changed to sensor taps. Kitchen water consumption also reduced by 8.5%, as significant changes were made by changing inefficient fixtures. Freshwater consumption was also optimised, reducing by 12.7%, due to the increased use of STP water for flushing.
Precise recommendations were given to install a RO Treated Water Plant to send treated wastewater to the cooling tower and wastewater was also used for flushing purposes, which recovered 43.98% of the water needed for the factory.
The Hanwella factory of Linea Aqua undertook Water Replenishment Projects in order to claim water neutrality. One such project was the funding and implementation of a water recharge well, where rainwater was collected and acted as a passageway to recharge ground water. Another project involved the installation of proper plumbing lines and a water distribution system at the local Henegama Mahabodhi School.