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"Being a part of the ZDHC Programme provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge and insights, partner, and collaborate on issues with others in our industry, and improve our knowledge on sustainability, environmental, and chemical management issues,” states Jimmy Summers, A&E vice president of environmental, health, and safety/sustainability.

American & Efird Joins Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme


MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.—American & Efird (A&E) joins the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme (ZDHC). The embroidery thread and technical textiles manufacturer joins more than 20 other brands in the effort to enact responsible chemical management.

"Being a part of the ZDHC Programme provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge and insights, partner, and collaborate on issues with others in our industry, and improve our knowledge on sustainability, environmental, and chemical management issues,” states Jimmy Summers, vice president of the environmental, health, and safety/sustainability division at A&E. "We believe it is very important to be actively involved in driving positive change throughout the industry. It's simply the right thing to do."

The ZDHC drives efforts to reduce the discharge of hazardous chemicals in the manufacture of products such as textile, leather, and footwear. The organization says its goal is to implement “widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices” in these industries. The ZDHC rates contributing companies on four main criteria: Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) guidance, wastewater quality, audit protocol, and research.

A&E’s addition to the ZDHC comes as the company’s latest efforts towards environmental sustainability. The company recently released a corporate sustainability report, detailing its progress in waste reduction, chemical management, safety compliance, and other factors.

For more information, visit http://www.amefird.com