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Sri Lanka’s MAS Cleaning Up Chemicals With Bluesign

Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings aims to address its environmental impact through a partnership with Bluesign.

The South Asian design, development and manufacturing service providers has teamed with the sustainability solutions provider to help advance its social and environmental “Plan for Change,” first announced in 2021. MAS Holdings’ MAS Fabrics-Intimo Division said it “acknowledges that the industry it operates in has a significant footprint,” and has committed to achieving 12 goals associated with its product, employees and carbon impact by 2025—including mitigating chemical waste.

With help from Bluesign, the company said it will ensure a transition to safer chemical inputs across its product lines and processes. Bluesign’s system for sustainable textile production sets control standards to ensure the safety of workers, consumers and the environment. Calling the commitment an “important step” in achieving its Plan for Change targets, Nemanthie Kooragamage, MAS director of sustainable business, said the company’s “long-term ambition is to onboard all our dyeing facilities as Bluesign system partners in time to come.”

“Staying true to the company’s core values and moving towards our purpose, MAS believes our commitment to ethical manufacturing will lead us to achieve sustainable and profitable growth as a team,” Kooragamage added.

CEO of MAS Active Chelan Goonetilleke said working with Bluesign to revamp chemical-based production “is a true testament to the efforts by our teams at MAS Active to reduce harmful chemicals in our manufacturing process.”

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“This being a first for MAS, we will sustain our commitment towards safer chemical management practices in our manufacturing,” he added.

The company in 2020 opened a new dyeing facility at MAS Fabric Park in Sri Lanka, expanding its seamless garment manufacturing MAS Active division. The 147,000-square foot fabric mill has in-house knitting and dyeing facilities that churn out up to 7.4 million garments each year for brands like Lululemon and Nike. Today, the factory is ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 14064 accredited, and uses Bluesign-approved chemicals. MAS Holdings aims to increase the facility’s use of Bluesign-approved textiles to 100 percent by 2025.

“Our team was impressed by the high standards MAS Fabrics-Intimo has already established and applaud the company’s perseverance to continually improve its operations,” Bluesign CEO Daniel Rufenacht said. “We welcome MAS to the Bluesign ecosystem as a true partner in helping  them achieve their ambitious goals.”