May 18, 2008 (LBO) – Built on the naturally sloping ground inside the 180-acre Thulhiriya Fabric Park, north of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, surrounded by patches of greenery and pools of water stands a building. At first glance, the MAS group’s new lingerie factory that manufactures exclusively for Marks and Spencer looks like any other.
But the plant is a ‘green factory’ inspired by Marks and Spencer’s five year plan to make their operations more environmentally friendly.
The company says the green surroundings of the factory helps to reduce the overall temperature by two to three degrees.
Neil Hackett, former Country Director for Marks & Spencer, says the firm has an eco plan that would change the way that it does business over the next five years.
“By 2012 we will be carbon neutral and send no waste to land fill, extend sustainable sourcing and set new standards in ethical trading.”
Hackett was addressing Sri Lankan ready made clothes makers in Colombo who are under pressure to improve their industries’ environmental record.
Marks and Spencer has convinced their suppliers like Sri Lanka’s MAS Group to adopt environmentally friendlier m