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A&E report highlights its sustainability initiatives

US-based American & Efird (A&E), a portfolio company of Elevate Textiles and the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, released its 9th annual, Corporate Sustainability Report, ‘A Focus on the Future’ on April 22, 2019.

The report notes that A&E recently implemented a global energy efficiency best practice program to assist in enhancing the energy efficiency and conversation practice already in place and accomplish reduction goals. Its operations in this year will complete the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) facility Socila Labour Module (Higg FSLM). It’s results will be available for A&E’ clients as well as suppliers through the Higg Index System.

The company recycled and reused over 2 billion litres of wastewater through its global operations since 2013 and there was 41 per cent reduction in global water consumption (litres per kg of thread) since 2006. It claims 100 per cent zero-waste-to-landfill status at 16 of its global manufacturing operations and support facilities in 2018, with five other operations recycling more than 90 per cent of by-products and created waste.

There was 13 per cent reduction of global carbon footprint (measured in CO2e in kg per kg of thread) since 2006 and 11 per cent reduction was noticed in global power consumption (KwH per kg of thread) since 2006. The company’s global incident rate improved to 0.55 in 2018. Though it is well below the US industry’s average, but the company’s target is to reach at zero accidents.