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Top Founders of Green Start-ups in Sri Lanka

Our student ambassadors have carefully curated lists of professionals who have made a significant impact on sustainability in their industry.

From Finnish CEOs to entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, the professionals hand-picked on this list come from a variety of professions and countries.

We continue adding people on the lists that deserve to be noticed for the good they have done for nature.

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Top Founders of Green Start-ups in Sri Lanka

This list contains the most successful, sustainable green start-up founders in Sri Lanka. They are involved in the industries such as lifestyle, education, packaging, fashion, and food. 

Therefore, those entrepreneurs have been chosen based on the following criteria:

  • They have done a great impact on the environment.
  • They educate the audience why it is so important to choose wisely, while lead by example.
  • Their business model is centred around sustainability goals.
  • Their concept is “Good for our people. Good for our earth”.

Achala Samaradivakara

The Good Market

Founder of The Good Market, a social enterprise that sources organic, craft, rural and environmental produce to sell in Colombo and online.

GoodMarket is a Sri Lankan startups concept that expanded to a global concept and features startups in countries such as New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Their services for Sri Lanka include the Saturday Market, a retail outlet opposite the Colombo Racecourse and an Organic Participatory Guarantee System. The GM global community has 1,266 enterprises across 39 countries as at March 2020, all of which align with the central vision of “Good for People. Good for the Planet”. 

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Ronali Perera

Raw Sri Lanka

Founder of Raw Sri Lanka, which makes nutritious cold press fruit and vegetable juices and offers a daily requirement of natural essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in one jar. 

Their glass jars are delivered in reusable cloth bags. RAW only uses renewable energy from solar panels to make juice. Further, all their food waste is used to make compost and is put back into the soil to fertilize the produce. Moreover they asked the customers to return their RAW juice bottles to be sterilized and reused.


Savera Weerasinghe

Ananta Sustainables

Founder of Ananta Sustainables company that sources, transports, and designs sustainable products and packaging.

She studied social entrepreneurship and environmental studies while at New York University, and felt that it was time to put her knowledge to use. For the passionate millennial, building a sustainable business had always been non-negotiable.

In an effort to expand her environmental efforts, Ananta recently partnered with R Parker Publishing to support WALK, a citizen-drive response to tackle the island’s waste crisis.

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Lonali Rodrigo

House of Lonali

Fonder of House of Lonali, which upcycles extra and unwanted textiles from large manufacturers waste that would otherwise end up as landfill and transforms them into original clothes and lifestyle products.

Lonali works closely with the cottage industries in Sri Lanka to hand-make their pieces, providing income in fair conditions for local artisans.

Lonali work with the concept that consumption should be approached thoughtfully. Where possible we should recycle, reuse things we already have and reduce our impact on the environment and human resources.


Chathurika Herath

Rika Fashion

Founder of Rika Fashion, modern maternity wear brand that runs a production house concept that employees’ young women in rural areas.

They focus on suing natural material such as cotton and linen, reducing waste through optimal cutting as well as using the left-over material to make cloth bags, pouches, and crafts etc to provide income for single moms in the area.

Chathurika is also working on a body positive slow fashion brand.


Yasodhara Pathanjali

Pathanny’s

Founder of Pathanny’s, a fashion brand uses natural, locally sourced and hand-printed material.

The brand encourages people to buy handloom clothing as opposed to fast fashion.


Shehani Raspathura

Just Goodness

Founder of JustGoodness, Sri Lanka’s first zero-waste store.

The store sells everything from chemical-free bathroom essentials to vegetables and is built around the concept of “zero waste” where customers bring in their own containers, weigh and buy the items and show all-natural, chemical-free products.

Her effort is to live and encourage a more sustainable lifestyle.


Dinushika Gunaratne

Sustainableeyours

Founder of Sustainableeyours, which promotes sustainable living with a curated range of locally sourced, eco-friendly products such as reusable culinary and travel sets, upcycled stationery and chemical-free hygiene products.


Chullaka Hapuarachchi

ECO 360′

Founder of ECO 360’, make sustainable, earth-friendly packaging.

The products are made from cornstarch and cassava as alternatives to plastic.

All products can be composted at home.

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Achala Fernando

The Sustainability Agency

This startup is in its early stages. Founded in 2020 by Achala Fernando, the sustainability agency measures, consults and helps brands carry out their operations and work towards carbon neutrality and efficient use of energy and water.


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