Thread maker A&E com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion, re­duces car­bon foot­print, wa­ter & power con­sump­tion

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Amer­i­can & Efird (A&E), the US-based man­u­fac­turer of sewing threads and in­dus­trial yarns, has re­leased its 2017-2018 Sus­tain­abil­ity Re­port. The re­lease of this re­port themed ‘Eth­i­cal Thread’ co­in­cides with Earth Day (April 22).

Wa­ter ste­ward­ship, solid waste, car­bon foot­print, en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, em­ployee health and safety, sus­tain­able prod­ucts, prod­uct ste­ward­ship, sus­tain­able pack­ag­ing, and sup­ply chain sus­tain­abil­ity are the ma­jor fo­cus ar­eas for the com­pany, as stated in the re­port. In the re­port, the thread maker has claimed to have re­cy­cled and reused 1.5+ bil­lion litres of waste­water in the last five years. Markedly, the vol­ume of wa­ter saved is enough to sup­ply 75 mil­lion peo­ple for one day at 20 litres per per­son.

Fur­ther, a 48 per cent re­duc­tion in global wa­ter con­sump­tion since 2006 has also been achieved by the com­pany.

A&E’s Zero-Waste-to-Land­fill sta­tus that pro­motes sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing has grown to 16 global pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and sup­ported units in the year 2017.

The tex­tile in­dus­try has al­ways been tagged as the big­gest pol­luter due to its in­creas­ing car­bon foot­print. A&E, in its re­port, stated that it brought down its global car­bon foot­print by 11 per cent since 2006, along­side a 7 per cent de­crease in power con­sump­tion.

Im­por­tantly, the thread man­u­fac­turer has also stated that 5 of its units re­cy­cle 90 per cent of the by-prod­ucts used dur­ing pro­duc­tion. Also, 16 of its fa­cil­i­ties scored 100 per cent in mak­ing sure that ‘zero’ waste is sent to land­fill.

The com­pany has so far in­vested US $ 12 mil­lion in the past eight years to re­search and de­ploy wa­ter sav­ing tech­nolo­gies at its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Other than pro­tect­ing Mother Na­ture, A&E has also un­der­taken some key ini­tia­tives to be so­cially re­spon­si­ble. The com­pany has re­leased its Global Code of Con­duct, which ad­dresses is­sues such as ha­rass­ment, dis­crim­i­na­tion, child labour, forced labour, wages, work­ing hours, etc., in 18 dif­fer­ent lan­guages for its em­ploy­ees.

In 2017, the firm con­tin­ued its com­mit­ment to launch sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als. It launched two prod­ucts last year, namely Perma Core and Magic us­ing Repreve fi­bres.

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