A&E Releases 2014-2015 Sustainability Report

MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. — July 9, 2015 — American & Efird (A&E) — a manufacturer and distributor of industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles — today announced the release of its 2014-2015 Sustainability Report. The report details A&E’s achievements in the areas of safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

“Practicing sustainability and corporate social responsibility is the right thing to do,” said John Eapen, Vice President Environmental, Health & Safety/Sustainability at A&E. “It is vital that corporations are committed to these initiatives, not only for their own success and survival, but for the success and survival of future generations.”

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 uses critical data to examine closely its engineering protocols, equipment specifications, and emerging technology, for the purpose of upgrading systems and continuing its trend in greenhouse gas emission reduction. A&E was one of the first thread manufacturers to maintain a global standard of measurement.

A&E adheres to the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) standards. The AAFA’s Restricted Substances List (RSL) provides guidelines for 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 international chemical and substance restrictions.

To create its 2014-2015 Sustainability Report, A&E evaluated all of the global yarn spinning and 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 two percent reduction of its global carbon footprint since 2006, while still growing as a worldwide business.
  • 48 million kilograms of greenhouse gas has been avoided since 2006.

Water Conservation

  • 34 percent reduction in global water consumption since 2006.
  • 1.1 million kilograms of thread produced, using recycled water from the industry’s first zero liquid discharge system in the Perundurai, India dyehouse.

Energy Conservation

  • 106 million kilowatt hours of energy saved since 2006, contributing to a 7% reduction of global energy use.
  • 100% of the power used in Gutach, Germany by Güterman is certified to come from hydroelectric power.

Sustainable Packing, Recycling & Waste Reduction

  • Zero waste to landfill achieved in the United States, joining Sri Lanka in achieving this global goal of all A&E operations.

For a copy of the full 2012-2013 Sustainability Report, please visit www.amefird.com.

Posted July 14, 2015

Source: A&E