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AEO's new sustainability goals plan carbon neutrality

Oct '19
Pic: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc
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American Eagle Outfitters intends to reduce energy and water use in its production supply chain and source more sustainable raw materials as part of its new sustainability goals through 2023 and beyond. By 2030, AEO will achieve carbon neutrality in its owned and operated facilities and employee business travel, and reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent.

“At AEO we focus on youth and their optimism toward the future, so building a better world for generations to come is fundamental to our brands, values and purpose,” commented Jay Schottenstein, executive chairman and chief executive officer. “We pledge to accelerate sustainability improvements across our entire organisation, and throughout the supply chain, holding ourselves accountable through the adoption of science-based targets. As a leading retailer, we are dedicated to working across the industry to create systemic changes in garment manufacturing.”

AEO aims to achieve carbon neutrality in all of AEO’s owned and operated facilities (offices, stores, distribution centres) and employee business travel by 2030, reduce carbon emissions 40 per cent by 2030 and 60 per cent by 2040 in AEO’s manufacturing from a 2018 base year,

Throughout its supply chain, by 2023, AEO will ensure that 50 per cent of water used in its laundries is recycled, reduce water usage in jeans production by 30 per cent, ensure that wastewater from water-intensive facilities is free from hazardous chemicals, all cotton used in products is 100 per cent sustainably sourced, use 50 per cent sustainable polyester, and ensure that 100 per cent of viscose is from non-endangered forests and increase sourcing of sustainably produced viscose fibres.

The company says that it will continue to work together as an industry leader to build partnerships in order to contribute to broad changes within garment manufacturing, reduce the use of plastic in stores, offices and throughout the supply chain, and shift to recycled plastic content where possible, strategically partner with industry initiatives and multi-stakeholder organisations to influence policy change, uphold a commitment to recycling and paper reduction in its owned facilities, encourage customers to reduce apparel waste through jeans recycling in American Eagle stores and bra recycling in Aerie stores.

AEO is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Better Cotton Initiative and pledged to the CanopyStyle Initiative. AEO is also engaging with the Science Based Targets Initiative to validate targets to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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