AEO takes steps to be carbon neutral
Pic: American Eagle Outfitters, Inc
American Eagle Outfitters has taken several steps towards its goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. It has joined RE100, a global initiative that brings together businesses committed to the use of renewable power, and signed the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to drive the fashion industry to net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
The company has also developed Science Based Targets (greenhouse gas reduction goals aligned with climate science) and submitted these targets to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an NGO consortium that validates company commitments.
“At AEO we believe in turning our commitment to sustainability into action for our customers, our associates and all of our stakeholders,” commented Jay Schottenstein, executive chairman and chief executive officer. “By working together, as part of a global network to reduce carbon emissions, we will begin to build a sustainable future through innovation and collaboration.”
In 2019, AEO unveiled a comprehensive plan to be carbon neutral by 2030 with a commitment to water reduction, energy reduction and the use of more sustainable raw materials.
AEO intends to achieve carbon neutrality in all of AEO’s owned and operated facilities (offices, stores, distribution centres) and employee business travel by 2030. It aims to reduce carbon emissions 40 per cent by 2030 and 60 per cent by 2040 in AEO’s manufacturing from a 2018 base year.
By 2023, it will ensure that 50 per cent of water used in its laundries is recycled, water usage in jeans production is reduced by 30 per cent, wastewater from water-intensive facilities is free from hazardous chemicals, all cotton used in products is 100 per cent sustainably sourced, 50 per cent polyester used is sustainable, and that 100 per cent of viscose is from non-endangered forests and sourcing of sustainably produced viscose fibres is increased.
AEO’s 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.
It will also encourage customers to reduce apparel waste through jeans recycling in American Eagle stores and bra recycling in Aerie stores.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)