A&E Releases 2015-2016 Sustainability Report

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — April 22, 2016 — American & Efird (A&E) — a manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles — announced today it is releasing its 2015-2016 Sustainability Report in conjunction with the global celebration of Earth Day. This year’s report details A&E’s accomplishments in the areas of safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and specifically global water-reduction and Zero-Waste-to-Landfill achievements.

“Our Eco*Driven® program and our 10 Threads of Sustainability continue to guide and challenge us,” said Jimmy Summers, Vice President Environmental, Health & Safety/Sustainability at A&E. “We are very proud of the progress that our global manufacturing teams have made through their continued dedication to safety, sustainability, and social responsibility.”

A&E continues to abide by its pledge to create a better world through responsible corporate actions, environmentally protective efforts, and numerous contributions to the communities in which it operates.

A&E has installed state-of-the-art wastewater recycling systems across the world, and these investments have paid off through significant reductions in water use. A&E continues to focus on energy conservation and has increased use of biofuels and clean fuels, resulting in reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

To create its 2015-2016 Sustainability Report, A&E evaluated all of the global yarn spinning, dyeing and finishing facilities in which the company has ownership. Categories measured in the report include global carbon footprint, water conservation, energy conservation, and recycling and waste reduction.

Highlights include:

  • Global Carbon Footprint*
    A&E achieved a 9.1% reduction of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per kg of thread produced in 2015.
  • Water Conservation
    38% reduction in global water consumption since 2006.
    273 million liters of wastewater was treated and reused in 2015 through reverse osmosis treatment systems.
  • Sustainable Packaging, Recycling and Waste Reduction
    Zero-Waste-to-Landfill was achieved in the United States manufacturing operations in 2015. A&E’s global goal is to achieve this in every manufacturing operation worldwide.

A&E continues to use the American Apparel and Footwear Association Restricted Substances List (RSL) to screen all dyes and chemicals which are used in its operations worldwide. The RSL categorizes chemicals and substances which are restricted or banned in the production of home, textile, apparel and footwear products. This list is updated biannually and reflects current international chemical and substance restrictions.

Posted April 22, 2016

Source: American & Efird (A&E)