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HanesBrands Hits Environmental Goals—Like Diverting 84% of Supply Chain Waste From Landfill

HanesBrands Inc. has hit on its environmental goals to reduce water and energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and landfill diversion—and it’s on track to achieve its 2020 targets.

In its environmental evaluation, the innerwear and activewear company, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted strong results across all categories it measures compared to 2016. HanesBrands, which counts Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Just My Size, L’eggs and Wonderbra among its brands, said it reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent, energy use by 6 percent and water use by 7 percent, while increasing its use of renewable energy by 7 percent. Adding to that, the company, which owns a significant majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations, diverted 84 percent of its supply chain waste from landfills during the year.

Hanesbrand said when compared to its 2007 baseline, the company has committed to reducing carbon emissions and energy use by 40 percent each, and water use by 50 percent by 2020. The company also pledged to secure at least 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources compared to 33 percent in 2017 and achieve zero waste by diverting company-owned supply chain waste from landfills.

“These across-the-board improvements indicate our strong commitment to create a more efficient and energy-conscious organization for both the areas where we do business and the larger worldwide community,” Michael E. Faircloth, group president of global supply chain, information technology and e-commerce for HanesBrands, said. “We have taken great strides toward our 2020 goals and we intend to continue pushing to fulfill our promise to create a more environmentally friendly company.”

On its Hanes for Good website, HanesBrands notes it is committed to the responsible management of energy, carbon emissions, water, wastewater, chemicals, solid waste and recycled materials in all of its facilities worldwide. The company is also committed to increase its use of energy from renewable sources, such as biomass, hydro and geothermal, to avoid energy created by burning coal and oil.

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HanesBrands’ environmental efforts also include ensuring wastewater-treatment systems at all of its textile manufacturing facilities adhere to or exceed leading global wastewater-management practices. The company also recycles cotton fabric waste from its textile-cutting operations. The cotton waste is spun into yarn that can be used to make socks and other apparel. Cotton fabric waste that cannot be used for recycled yarn is sent to other companies that recycle or reuse the material in the production of carpeting and other commercial products. HanesBrands sand uses recycled polyester filament yarns and fibers derived from plastic bottles to make its fleece products, and in cotton and polyester blend EcoSmart T-shirts sold to screen printers.

The company noted that for eight consecutive years it has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence/Partner of the Year award, making it the only apparel company to earn Sustained Excellence honors.