A&E adds Oeko-Tex program
American & Efird stands out in the sewing thread industry as a top manufacturer as well as a leader in sustainability and environmental responsibility. For more than twenty years, A&E has put in place programs to ensure that their products attain the industry's highest standards, often establishing those industry standards themselves. A&E trusts OEKO-TEX to provide the product safety certification that meets its own stringent requirements as well as those of its customers around the world.
“With our large, global manufacturing network, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification ensures that our products consistently meet the high quality and product safety standards we expect no matter where they are made,” says John Eapen, A&E's Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety. “Many of our worldwide customers require OEKO-TEX certification and all of them appreciate it.”
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification ensures that products are tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances that are believed to be dangerous to human health. In addition, OEKO-TEX tests for color fastness and pH levels. The OEKO-TEX Restricted Substances List is constantly reviewed to confirm that it reflects the strictest global regulatory requirements, the most current textile chemistry and manufacturing processes, and the latest medical knowledge.
“Product safety is a key component of A&E's total sustainability strategy,” continues Eapen. “Safe products are sustainable products. First, we develop products that are harmless for the people who make and use them then we make those products in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible. We have taken this approach for more than two decades.”
A&E is committed to sustainability for the entire textile industry. As chair of the American Apparel and Footwear Association's Environmental Committee, Eapen worked with other industry leaders to create the first AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) which was published in 2007. Release 7 will be published in early October 2010.
The AAFA's RSL is intended to provide apparel and footwear companies with information related to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain chemicals and substances in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products around the world. Committee members included OEKO-TEX representatives and OEKO-TEX's RSL and review process were used as one of the models for the AAFA's RSL program.
A&E has been recognized many times for their many achievements in social responsibility, employee health and safety, and business ethics.
Headquartered in Mt. Holly, N.C., American & Efird, Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sewing thread, embroidery yarns and technical textiles for worldwide industrial and consumer markets. With 34 manufacturing centers and 68 service centers in 42 countries, A&E is truly a global supplier. A&E maintains a long-standing commitment to Environmental, Health & Safety and Sustainability and Social Responsibility in all of its worldwide operations.