Hanes Receives Top Sustainability Award

Hanes, the clothing company, will be receiving for the second consecutive time the coveted Energy Star Sustained Excellence for 2013, and receiving recognition from Energy Star for the fourth consecutive year. The award is given to companies with a sustained track record in sustainability leadership. In particular, Hanes will be honored for its commitment to energy efficiency and for promoting sustainable energy management. "Hanes is proud to be a leader in energy management and sustainability as we continue to strive to minimize our energy consumption and carbon footprint," said Sidney Falken , chief branding officer at Hanes. "We are proud to receive recognition for the second consecutive year and look forward to another sustainable year for Hanes and our consumers." Among its achievements, Hanes reduced its energy usage per pound produced by 2.7 percent in 2012 and has reduced its energy use and carbon emissions by 22 percent and 23 percent, respectively, since 2007. Hanes' manufacturing facilities have also improved their energy performance through EPA's Energy Star Challenge for Industry program. In 2012 nine facilities were recognized for meeting the Challenge by reducing energy consumption by 10 percent within five years. The company sustainability initiatives also include its EcoSmart product line featuring hoodies, socks, sweats and T-shirts. This product line is made with fabric produced with a mixture of recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton, preventing the equivalent of 43 million plastic bottles from going into landfills this year alone. Hanes EcoSmart socks contain either some recycled cotton fiber or alternative flax fibers, while the fabric in 67 percent of Hanes men's and boys' undershirts is made using renewable energy. The company adds that it it succeeded in reducing its CO2 emissions from its transportation and logistics operations by 41 percent in 2009 while water use per product has been reduced by 18 percent since 2007. Image credit: Hanes Green