recycled or repurposed
sent to landfill compared with the previous year
from our cutting sewing operations
Understanding that sustainable materials play an increasingly important role in our overall product strategies, we use a recycled performance fibre called Repreve® in a number of our brands, and in 2019, we received a ‘Champion of Sustainability’ award from its maker Unifi Fibres for using an amount of recycled polyester that equated to 10 million or more plastic bottles recycled.
Where waste is unavoidable, we look for ways to recycle or reuse, and in some instances, we have found ways to recycle waste from some products into partial inputs of another.
We recycle 100% of our cutting room scraps in Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Mexico. These textile clips are used in manufacturing new products such as textiles, socks, industrial materials and mops.
As with all of our global environmental initiatives, we are implementing several programs which take sustainability considerations into account . These programs include the following:
Our largest use of packaging comes from the cartons we use to ship the products that we sell to our global network of distributors. These cartons contain recycled materials with more than 70% of the corrugate made with recycled paper. We are currently looking at options to use recycled polyester for several of our inner pack bags.