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Share via Email The Ecover factory outside Antwerp is designed to be environmentally friendly, with no heating or air conditioning. Go into your local Tesco and you'll see a new range of green cleaning products on the shelves. The Tesco Naturally products don't use synthetic colours, phosphates, chlorine bleaches or enzymes.
And on the shelves in their full-recyclable plastic bottles, they bear some resemblance to those made by Ecover. The resemblance is certainly close enough to cause some shoppers to wonder if they are made by the Belgium manufacturer they're not and enough to raise the hackles of Ecover's chief executive, Mick Bremans.
But what really annoys him, he says, is not the packaging - it's that the supermarket's customers may not see the bigger picture. That is the backbone, the mission of our company. To reduce waste further, the bottle can be refilled - Bremans says he once received a bottle from a customer that had been in use for 13 years.
The factory is also designed to be environmentally friendly. An extension on the original unit is built of wood and brick and insulated with a living roof - succulent plants grow successfully in the soil that lies on top of the wooden base, soaking up the rain in the winter and the sun in the summer months.
There is no heating or air conditioning, and skylights make the most of the natural light. The 80 workers are given incentives to travel to the factory by bike or public transport, and car-pooling is also rewarded. The only obvious fly in the no doubt phosphate-free ointment at the production site is its offices, which are temporarily housed in a conventional industrial unit across the road.
Having seen news stories about the dangers of phosphates, he decided to make his own phosphate-free cleaning products. His production line soon outgrew his garden shed and he moved to a unit on the current site in Byhe had established a market selling in healthfood shops across Europe, and the UK was already his biggest market.
The boom in interest in green issues in the early s gave him the chance to get his products into Sainsbury's and Asda. Ecover was unable to cope with the demand and "what looked like an opportunity turned into a threat for the company".
Boggerts needed to expand the factory and had plans for the low-energy, sustainable structure that stands now, but he lacked the money to see them through. The business was sold to his son, then to a Danish investor who was interested in its money-making potential.
By this time Sainsbury's and Tesco had entered the market with their own products, competition was stiff. And then the market collapsed. While the supermarkets withdrew, Ecover's managers were left wondering how to recoup the money spent on the new building.
Demand is such that a second factory is being built in Boulogne. This will reduce some of the road miles done by the products the company sells in the UK, which could be seen as an argument against buying imported cleaning products.
Bremans says the company has cut down some of the miles built into the products by looking closer to home for ingredients to perfume its products, though things like aloe vera are from the southern hemisphere. Lorries are always full when they leave the Ecover factory and make drop-offs at wholesalers who transport full loads to the shops.
The company does its best to limit the packaging it uses to transport its goods. So much so that a supermarket's request that some of products be supplied in boxes of 10 so that it can simply put the cartons on the shelves is causing disquiet, as its boxes of 12 are more space- and packaging-efficient.
This kind of problem, and other dilemmas encountered when sourcing ingredients or deciding which areas to move into are tackled by Ecover's "concept manager" Peter Malaise.
He scrutinises potential suppliers, which include big companies like ICI and Bayer, to make sure that what Ecover buys from them is environmentally sound.
It is his job to "take complexity away from the consumer" he says, so they know they can trust the product they are buying. When dealing with companies in China, for example, he will ask for details of the policies on human rights in the country. He is an enthusiastic spokesman for the company, but when talking about how he believes consumers have to change their attitudes if they want the planet to survive, he says: It's not buying Ecover products that will change the world.Case 27, "New Belgium Brewery: Building a Business on Sustainability" 1) What are the ethical issues in this case?
2) What keeps other companies from having the commitment to environmental sustainability that NBB has evidenced? In summary, numerous ethical models can be applied to business practices.
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