San Francisco-based GAP Inc. has announced a new sustainable manufacturing goal of saving 10 billion liters of water by the end of 2020. The company reports product innovation and efficiency improvements at fabric plants and laundries are at the center of these water savings. The total of 10 billion liters is a volume equivalent to the daily drinking water need by 5 billion people. According to Gap., through company-led projects, the company already has saved more than 2.4 billion liters of water since 2014.
“Water is critical to nearly all aspects of our business, and we recognize the responsibility and the opportunity we have to reduce the amount of water used to create our products,” said Christophe Roussel, executive vice president of Global sourcing, Gap. “Leveraging the power of product innovation and improved manufacturing practices, we can help ensure that our customers not only look great in their favorite jeans and T-shirts, but also feel good about how their purchases are helping to make a positive impact for communities and helping to tackle global water scarcity.”
Gap also has committed to a 50 percent absolute reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its owned and operated facilities globally as measured from a 2015 baseline.