Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical (ZDHC) Programme, a collaboration of over 20 leading brands, more than 30 value chain affiliates and 14 associates, has a new addition to the list as A&E joins in.
Proud to join the Programme, American & Efird (A&E) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles. By becoming a ZDHC member, the manufacturer is supporting its vision of widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.
The company’s commitment to work sustainably was notable in its latest annual Corporate Sustainability Report, which highlighted continued reduction (41%) in water consumption. Additionally, A&E recycled 1.1 billion litres of wastewater in last four years. Its business operations and facilities have also attained a 100% Zero-Waste-to-Landfill label.
The company believes that as various brands are coming together to drive a change towards responsible chemicals management in the industry, it is their duty as well to partner with them in ensuring less harmful and environment-friendly chemicals are used at the time of production.
“Being a part of the ZDHC Programme provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge and insights, partner and collaborate on issues with others in our industry, and improve our knowledge on sustainability, environmental, and chemical management issues,” averred Jimmy Summers, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety/Sustainability, A&E.