American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., plans to accelerate its sustainability improvements and become carbon neutral by 2030.
The company is committed to carbon reduction, water reduction and the use of more sustainable raw materials, according to a Sept. 26 news release from American Eagle.
“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,” Jay Schottenstein, the Central Ohio-based executive chairman and CEO, said in the release. “We pledge to accelerate sustainability improvements across our entire organization, 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.”
The company’s sustainability goals include:
• Achieve carbon neutrality in all of American Eagle’s owned and operated facilities (offices, stores, distribution centers) and employee business travel by 2030.
• Reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040 in AEO’s manufacturing, from a 2018 base year.
• Implement the following throughout the supply chain by 2023: Ensure 50% of water used in laundries is recycled; reduce water usage in jeans production by 30%; ensure wastewater from water-intensive facilities is free from hazardous chemicals; all cotton used in products will be 100% sustainably sourced; use 50% sustainable polyester; ensure 100% of viscose is from non-endangered forests and increase sourcing of sustainably produced viscose fibers.
It will also continue to:
• Work together as an industry leader to build partnerships 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 organizations to influence policy change.
• Uphold a commitment to recycling and paper reduction in owned facilities.
• Encourage customers to reduce apparel waste through jeans recycling in American Eagle stores and bra recycling in Aerie stores.