Marks and Spencers in Thurulie, Sri Lanka

The aim: 

  • 100 percent carbon neutral
  • 100 percentgreen
  • 100 percent ethical factory

Funded and built by Marks & Spencer in partnership with a local, award winning manufacturer called, confusingly, MAS, this temple to sustainability now produces the world’s first eco underwear:

Eco Friendly Evaporative Cooling - cooling the factoryEvaporative Cooling - eco friendly air cooling for industry


EcoCooling were approached by the contractors for the project to advice on the design of the Evaporative cooling for the factory, because of our worldwide expertise and knowledge of evaporative cooling.

The resulting design involved the installation of 36 top discharge EcoCooling evaporative coolers to cool and ventilate the large open plan production factory area which was already being kept cooler than most buildings of this type by specialised roof material which cut heat transfer.

As MAS spokesman, Vidhura Ralapanawe, explains “ the evaporative cooling system, which replaces conventional air conditioning, reduces energy consumption by up to 75%,” MAS claims that the resulting conditions provide a comfortable work environment for the 200 workers and the total effect is to cut energy costs by over 40% compared to a similar sized building.