L’Oreal’s green distribution center aims to ‘share beauty’ with all
Photo courtesy of The Nation
As part of a sustainability commitment for 2020, L’Oreal Thailand’s green distribution center at TPARK Bangna is Asia’s first LEED-certified silver level green distribution center.
“The opening of our new green distribution center truly underscores our commitment to sustainability, to improve the way we do business across our value chain,” said Nathalie Gerschtein Keraudy, the company’s managing director. “With this new distribution centre, we are driving our ‘Sharing Beauty With All’ vision under the pillar of ‘producing sustainably,’ by reducing our environmental footprint while bringing beauty to more new consumers.”
The new green distribution center will support L’Oreal Group’s mission in reducing the environmental footprint by 60 percent from the 2005 baseline, reports The Nation. The distribution center was built in collaboration with TPARK, a leading provider of serviced rental factories.
The distribution center in Thailand is the first LEED-certified silver level of L’Oreal Group in Asia. The LEED rating system is devised by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate the environmental performance of sustainable buildings.
The center, covering 21,036 square meters of indoor space, will reduce environmental footprint compared to conventional buildings:
- 43 percent energy saving with low lighting power density of 0.6 watt per square foot – almost half the conventional standard of 1 watt per square foot
- 40 percent less indoor water consumption
- 60 percent less water usage of landscape by using plants that require least water and soil surface mulching
- Improved indoor air quality and increased natural airflow
The environmental footprint reduction started with the initial construction of the facility. More than 30 percent of materials used were recycled and local-based materials, reusing up to 75 percent of their total waste during construction.
Apart from emphasizing its sustainability commitment, the new green distribution center is set to be one of L’Oreal Thailand’s five key focus areas – distribution channel growth – to support its robust expansion in the beauty market and help accelerate further business growth in Thailand.
L’Oreal Thailand had an impressive performance in 2016, which grew more than twice the market from its leadership in facial skincare segment and accelerated growth in the makeup segment. L’Oreal Thailand sold 123 million product items across all categories of its 21 brands.
The new green distribution center will be the warehouse for L’Oreal Thailand’s products across four divisions, including consumer products division, L’Oreal Luxe division, professional products division and active cosmetic division.
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