American & Efird Releases Sustainability Report

July 15, 2015

American & Efird (A&E), Mount Holly, N.C., has released its 2014-2015 sustainability report detailing achievements in the areas of safety, environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

“Practicing sustainability and corporate social responsibility is the right thing to do,” says John Eapen, vice president of environmental, health and 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 uses critical data to examine its engineering protocols, equipment specifications and emerging technology for the purpose of upgrading systems and reducing its greenhouse gas emission. 

The company adheres to American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) standards, and 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.

To create its 2014-2015 sustainability report, A&E evaluated all of its affiliated global yarn spinning and dyeing and finishing facilities. Categories measured in the report include global carbon footprint, water conservation, energy conservation, and recycling and waste reduction. 

Highlights include:   

Global Carbon Footprin
– A&E achieved a 2% 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% reduction in global water consumption since 2006
– 1.1 million kilograms of thread produced, using recycled water from a zero-liquid discharge system in the Perundurai, India, dye house

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 and Waste Reduction

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

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