A&E Releases Sustainability Report

June 16, 2017

American & Efird (A&E), Mount Holly, N.C., recently released its 2016-2017 Corporate Sustainability Report there reflect’s the company’s three sustainability concepts: transparency, traceability and trust.

The report also highlight’s A&E’s accomplishments in safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Its A&E’s continued improvements in global water reduction and zero-waste-to-landfill efforts serve as an example of leadership and good stewardship throughout the textile industry, according to the company.

“A core part of our business strategy is to operate all of our global facilities in a sustainable manner,” says Les Miller, CEO, A&E. “It is not only a good business practice to do so, but it is the right thing to do for all of our stakeholders.”

A&E regularly evaluates all of the global yarn spinning, dyeing and finishing facilities in which it has ownership to provide the information contained in its annual sustainability report. Categories measured in this report include water stewardship; solid waste; carbon footprint and energy conservation; product stewardship; social responsibility; employee health and safety; sustainable products; and areas of improvement.

This year’s notable sustainability highlights include:

• More than 1.1 billion liters of wastewater has been recycled and reused since 2013
• Nearly 1 million liters of wastewater are recycled and reused each day of operation
• A 41% reduction in global water consumption since 2006
• Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status has grown to 16 global manufacturing operations and support facilities in 2017, with five other operations over the 91 percentile mark. A&E’s global goal is to achieve this sustainability designation in every manufacturing operation worldwide.
• A 6% reduction of global carbon footprint since 2006
• About 44% of the fuels used to create steam at A&E dyeing operations were renewable and carbon-neutral in 2016
• A 10% reduction in global power consumption since 2006.

In 2016, A&E developed and implemented its Product RSL Environmental Profile (PREP) form in order to collect Restricted Substance List and environmental data on all dyes and chemicals used by its operations. A&E is on track to comply with the chemical restrictions contained in the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Compounds (ZDHC) program by the end of 2018. — J.L.