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