A&E Launches Sustainability Study

Over the last six years, sewing-thread maker American & Efrid saved more than 557 million gallons of water, reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 9 percent and saved more than 85 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

At the Mount Holly, N.C.–based company’s recent Global Sustainability Managers Conference, A&E released its 2011–2012 Sustainability Report.

“We’re proud that our latest sustainability report shows greater cumulative results from the impact of our efforts and investments,” said John Eapen, A&E’s vice president environmental, health and safety/sustainability. “We’re particularly proud of our zero liquid-discharge plant in Perundari, India, and our 50 percent recycle/reuse facility in Dongguan, China. The water conserved by A&E’s global operations during a year could supply 15.5 million people in India with fresh water for a day.”

The study tracked the company’s carbon footprint, water conservation, energy consumption, recycling efforts and waste reduction at its global yarn spinning, dyeing and finishing facilities.

The company has also nearly reached its goal to send “zero waste to landfill” in the United States.

Founded in 1891, A&E has manufacturing centers and distribution points in 41 countries.

Alison Nieder