British retailer Marks and Spencer has just invested $200,000 GBP in the manufacture of ladies underwear, in what they are heralding as the world’s first, carbon-neutral clothing factory. Located in Sri Lanka, the factory has one of the country‘s biggest installations of solar panels, and all power will come from alternative energy. They’ve installed low-energy cooling systems and are capturing rainwater to use throughout the facility. M&S are planning on building similar plants in Wales and Bangladesh.
Social Groups, although recognizing the company’s efforts, have questioned the company’s commitment to labour rights in the countries that they operate.
M&S CEO, Sir Stuart Rose, responded to the criticism by saying:
“Some people are cyncial but you have to wear that. I’m sure we are not perfect everywhere but we are on the ground with these people doing these things,” he said. “We are going to engage our suppliers and see what can learn to keep moving forward.”
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M&S goes ‘green’ in the lingerie department