MAS Holdings, a company that manufactures lingerie in Sra Lanka, has begun construction on a 110,000 square foot eco manufacturing plant that will manufacture bras exclusively for Marks & Spencer, according to MAS (via Lean Reflections).
MAS expects it to deliver more than 50 percent and 40 percent savings on water and electricity respectively in comparison to a standard factory.
Earlier this year, MAS announced its commitment to support UK retailer M&S in the implementation of its Plan-A initiative. M&S will support the development of the factory by providing advice on sustainable construction through its experience in store development and the creation of its ‘green’ stores in the UK. It will also provide sponsorship for the architects design costs.
The facility will be surrounded by green-belts with native or adapted flora and endemic plants, as part of a comprehensive bio-diversity plan. Incentives will also be offered to management and employees to promote the use of bicycles and reduce fuel consumption.
Solar-electric, solar-thermal, wind and methane through sewerage treatment will be used as renewable energy sources on site, while energy saving equipment including LED based task lights will be used to minimize energy consumption. Rainwater harvesting is also planned for the full roof area.
Ecologically friendly construction material including Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and cement-stabilized-earth bricks will be used for construction.