Mount Holly, North Carolina-based American & Efird, a subsidiary of Elevate Textiles headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, has released its ninth annual corporate sustainability report covering global operations. The technical textiles and thread supplier outlined progress in the Ten Threads of Sustainability program, which covers global carbon footprint, water stewardship, energy conservation, sustainable packaging, recycling and waste reduction, social responsibility, employee health and safety, sustainable products, product stewardship, sustainable packaging, and supply chain sustainability.
Highlights of the report include the recycling and reuse of more than 528 million gallons of wastewater since 2013 and 100% zero-waste-to-landfill status at 16 global manufacturing operations in 2018. The report also notes reductions in the company’s overall carbon footprint and an increase in its use of renewable energy.
“A&E has a long heritage, built on the manufacturing and distribution of quality, premium thread products and responsible manufacturing,” said A&E President Chris Alt. “We are excited to share with you the accomplishments achieved and challenges faced over the last 12 months in this important area for our company. We remain committed to holding ourselves accountable to our customers and stakeholders as we conduct our business in a transparent and ethical fashion.”
A&E’s products are manufactured at 28 facilities in 22 countries and used in more than 100 countries. It employs more than 10,000 people directly or through joint-venture partners.