Kontoor Brands has reached zero-waste designation for all of its owned distribution centres in North America, meaning at least 95 per cent of the waste from these facilities will be diverted from landfills through recycling, composting and reuse. It is a leading apparel firm, with a portfolio led by two of the most iconic consumer brands, Wrangler and Lee.
The designation illustrates Kontoor’s continued commitment to embed sustainable business practices throughout its global operations and supply chain.
The latest distribution centre to earn the zero-waste honour is in Mexico City. The North American facilities that have previously received and maintained their zero-waste designation include: El Paso, TX; Hackleburg, Ala.; Luray, Va.; Mocksville, N.C.; and Seminole, Okla, the company said in a media statement.
The zero-waste designation at Kontoor’s owned distribution centres in North America was achieved by prioritising efficient use of materials and conservation of natural resources. Through standardised waste reporting across all facilities, Kontoor has identified, shared and implemented opportunities for waste diversion improvement, while also developing advanced waste reduction initiatives across facilities.
The company’s waste reduction and recycling efforts have been supported by Cascadia consulting group, a Seattle-based consulting firm that works with organisations on zero-waste strategies and planning. As part of the zero-waste designation process, Cascadia collected data to help Kontoor distribution centres track and meet their waste reduction, reuse and recycling targets.
While the zero-waste designation at all owned distribution centres in North America marks a major milestone in Kontoor’s commitment to sustainable business practices, Kontoor is dedicated to reaching a zero-waste designation for all distribution centres globally. Kontoor is also committed to further reducing waste in product design, operations at Kontoor-owned manufacturing facilities, retail stores and corporate offices.
“Waste reduction and the responsible use of natural resources are key components to Kontoor’s sustainability efforts. Reaching and maintaining a zero-waste designation at our North American distribution centres is an important milestone in our commitment to having a positive impact on the communities and environments in which we operate,” Randy Fortenberry, vice president, supply chain, Kontoor Brands said.