Caring for Maiya, an Orphaned Elephant Calf
On 3rd December 2010, a baby elephant was found in the Periyakadu area in Vavuniya. The orphaned elephant, just 2 and a half months old at the time of its rescue, had bruises all over its body and was in poor health. The calf was taken in by the Elephant Transit Home (ETH), which rehabilitates orphaned elephants under the sponsorship of 'foster parents'.

Hearing his story, Lalan adopted responsibility of the elephant calf, naming him Maiya. Following treatment by the veterinary surgeon of ETH, Maiya's bruises have healed, and once he is strong enough to survive on his own, he will be released to the forest once more. Till then, Lalan continues to donate approximately Rs. 480,000 each year to meet Maiya's needs for milk and medicine.
Planting Trees for a Greener World
At Lalan, we are well aware of the benefits trees bring to the environment and community. Apart from minimising the effects of global warming, producing oxygen for us to breathe, supporting wildlife and biodiversity, preventing soil erosion and beautifying our environment, they also slow down water runoff following floods, naturally control temperature and enrich the soil they stand on.

It is for all these reasons that on 15th November 2010, we participated with enthusiasm in the Tree Planting Ceremony organised by the BOI of Biyagama. The Lalan team joined hands to plant over 100,000 trees across three estates (Delmar, Aigburth and Gammaduwa) for the benefit of society and the environment.
Purification of Effluent Water
At Lalan, we take the environmental impact of our operations seriously. Thus, we engage in schemes to minimise these negative ecological effects. One such effort was the introduction of a water purification scheme at our mattress manufacturing factory in Bandaragama. The treatment procedure uses a reverse osmosis process to recycle the effluent and produce water which is ultimately fit for drinking. Daily, 60 cubic metres of water is treated via this process.

Lalan is now preparing to introduce the purification scheme at its largest glove manufacturing factory in Seethawaka, which would result in the purification of a further 1000 cubic metres of water each day. Following successful implementation at Seethawaka, the process will be introduced to Lalan's other factories as well.
Planting and Protecting Forestland
The management of Lalan is committed to the long term sustainability of its plantations' whilst caring for its watersheds, preserving its flora & fauna, enriching of soil through improved agricultural practices, whilst getting everyone participated in protecting the environment. Lalan presently maintain about 1,000 acres of natural forestland (nearly 10% of the total extent of natural forest area) and has plans to expand this area to include a further 700 acres. The land will be permanently under forest cover and will not be used for harvesting Timber. As such, it will benefit both the environment and the community.

In addition, we plant permanent forests in the buffer zones of our ravines and close to waterways in order to maintain moisture levels and to prevent top soils getting eroded. We have also launched a programme aimed at planting specific tree species to act as windbreakers in areas susceptible to strong winds, to prevent damages to buildings and crops which includes the properties of the neighbors as well.

The flora and fauna diversity of our forest areas has been inventoried with the help of experts from leading universities. The diversity is monitored through permanent sample plots established in our forest areas. Further, the threatened species listed in the (International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN) Red List have been identified, and awareness programs are conducted regularly to keep estate workers and communities living nearby informed.

Ecologically friendly Estate Management
All 13 plantations of LRPL are FSC-certified, and the only chemicals used on the estates are those recommended by the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) of Sri Lanka. The estate management continuously strives to minimise the use of chemicals in improving agricultural practices. We also place a high level of importance on soil conservation practices such as growing cover crops, terracing and draining done on contour. At Lalan, we maintain buffer zones to avoid pollution of the watercourse flows through the estates. The Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) levels of such watercourses are monitored regularly.

To integrate ecological perspectives into estate workers and the surrounding community, Lalan conducts education programmes on the concept of sustainability.