COLUMBIA, SC — April 27, 2010 — Apparel Magazine announces its five 2010 Sustainability All Stars: Cintas, GoLite, Hanna Andersson Corp., Intradeco Apparel and NIKE, Inc.
All Star Sustainability award winners are selected by the Apparel editorial staff from nominations by industry executives. The honorees are chosen based upon their having taken significant steps toward incorporating sustainable best practices in their businesses.
The winners were recognized at Apparel’s Tech Conference West at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles last month, and will be profiled in Apparel’s June issue.
Cintas is a leading corporate uniform and custom apparel manufacturer, and provider of corporate uniform service programs, that has committed itself to eco-friendly apparel concepts, green products and services and corporate sustainability. For example, its Regeneration Suiting Collection of coordinating tailored pieces is made of 100 percent recycled polyester produced entirely from post-consumer waste. Cintas is a charter member of the Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program and is transitioning company-wide to a more environmentally-friendly detergent. Cintas also is focused on heat re-claimers, modern moisture management methods, local recycling, and reduction of fuel through condensed routes and idle shut-off. Cintas was self-nominated.
A premier global manufacturer of lightweight, high performance, sustainable apparel and equipment designed specifically for outdoor athletes, GoLite has replaced virgin, petro-chemical based materials in all of its main pack fabrics and travel luggage with 50 percent Tier 1 recycled nylon, and in all of its sleeping bag collections with 100 percent Tier 1 recycled polyester. Its 2009 Sustainability Report demonstrates how the company will be following a multi-year, metrics-based path to sustainability and documents how overarching goals set in 2006 are being met. For example, GoLite is close to achieving a 30 percent absolute greenhouse gas emissions reduction (not including offsets), despite doubling of sales. GoLite was nominated by OutsidePR.
Designer and manufacturer of high quality children’s clothing, Hanna Andersson is working to weave sustainability into every aspect of its business, from its physical buildings, to its products and processes, to its employees and customers. Its corporate headquarters is an eco-friendly building and its DC boasts shipping materials made of post-consumer waste that are recyclable. More than 800,000 units will be sold from Hanna Andersson’s organic cotton lines this year, and its entire line of organic cotton product is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. The company’s employee Green Teams were launched three years ago and create new sustainability goals each year. Hanna Andersson Corp. was self-nominated.
El Salvador-based Intradeco Apparel is a world-class vertical supplier of knit apparel to North America, and the only vertical resource in Central America spinning certified raw bales of organic cotton. In 2007, Walmart named Intradeco as its first ever Supplier of the Year for Sustainability, based on its efforts related to organic products, recycled polyester, the use of biodegradable bags and recycled boxes and its energy efficient initiatives in its buildings and operations. In 2008, Intradeco won the prestigious Walmart Sustainability award once again. The company’s ongoing efforts remain focused on creating products that sustain our resources and environment, achieving zero waste and being energy efficient. Intradeco currently has the capacity to manufacture up to 1 million sustainable units a month. Intradeco Apparel was self-nominated.
Nike views sustainable practices and innovation as an integral part of how it uses the power of its brand, the passion of its people and the scale of its size to create meaningful change. Its Considered Design program aims to reduce or eliminate toxics and waste and increase the use of environmentally-friendly products while continuing to produce the most innovative athletic footwear and apparel. The long-term goal for Considered Design is for products to be closed loop — made with the fewest possible materials and designed to be easily disassembled and either recycled into new product or safely returned to nature at the end of their life. Nike’s goal is that by next year, 100 percent of new Nike footwear will be meet baseline Considered Design standards; likewise with Nike apparel by 2015. Nike was nominated by Maersk. esign, Nike is combining sustainability principles and innovative design
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