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Mount Holly – American & Efird (A&E), the manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles widely used in the knitting industry, has outlined progress towards its environmental goals in its 2021 Sustainability Report.

The report comes from A&E's parent company Elevate Textiles, which also owns the Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components brands.

The report focuses on sustainably-sourced fibres, reduced water consumption and its reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as it reveals its performance towards its 2025 sustainability targets.

This year’s report is structured in line with the key UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) commitments of Elevate, and its brands, and is aligned with the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles.

Achievements highlighted in the report include:

  • a 7.5 per cent reduction in global water consumption since 2016
  • increased water recycling by 65 per cent since 2016 by implementing new wastewater technologies
  • reaching 68 per cent sustainably-sourced cotton against a goal of 80 per cent by 2025
  • reducing global carbon emissions across scopes by 2.5 per cent each year
  • joining the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and contributing to the Higg Index
  • Increased participation within the ZDHC Programme and the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
  • Installation of a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) facility in Parras, Mexico, in 2021, bringing the company's total to three ZLD facilities globally

“As a valued supply partner and responsible manufacturer, our Elevate teams and brands are committed to understanding our customers’ needs and aligning our actions to help achieve critical sustainability goals,” said Sim Skinner, president and CEO of Elevate Textiles.

The most recent developments from A&E include the launch of ECO100, a new line of 100% recycled, industrial sewing threads. Offering a variety of ethically-made, sewing threads, the ECO100 product line includes Perma Core ECO100, Anefil Poly ECO100, and Wildcat ECO100.

Availability of the ECO100 thread line has also bolstered an already robust selection of sustainable sewing threads from the Eco-Driven Thread Collection, which includes its popular Repreve and organic thread products.

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