In time for this year’s Earth Day on April 22, international thread and technical textile supplier American & Efird published its annual “Ethical Thread: Corporate Sustainability Report.”
It details the Mount Holly, North Carolina-based company’s commitment to human health and safety, environmental sustainability throughout its supply chain and manufacturing processes, product stewardship and more.
Highlights include A&E’s continued global progress on water recycling and reuse, its zero-waste efforts and progress in reducing its carbon footprint. The company has recycled or reused close to 400 million gallons of water since 2013, and lowered its overall water consumption by almost 50% since 2006. In handling solid waste, A&E has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status at 16 of its facilities, with five other operations above the 91st percentile mark. Since 2006, it has reduced its carbon footprint by 11% and its power consumption by 7%.
“We strive to produce and distribute responsible, premium quality, ‘ethical thread’ products every day through excellence in innovation and good manufacturing practices,” said Les Miller, A&E chief executive officer. “We are committed to ethical manufacturing. It’s the right thing to do for our customers and stakeholders, but also our future generations.”
A&E’s products are manufactured in 22 countries, distributed in 50 and sold in more than 100. It operates 27 manufacturing facilities and employs more than 10,000 around the world, directly or in partnership with joint-venture partners.