Reducing Single-Use Plastic Isn’t Cutting It Anymore
To make real measurable change we need to dig deeper. That’s why we’ve started assessing the environmental impacts of our order fulfillment process to determine keyways to cut emissions and reduce resource consumption.
We’ve got a long way to go but check out where our initiatives have landed us so far!
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Occupational Health & Safety
S&S Activewear’s goal is not only to minimize operational accidents, but to have zero incidents year-round. To reach this goal, we will continue to pursue Health and Safety improvements through various initiatives.
Reducing & Recycling
It is estimated that by 2050, solar will account for 20% of the nation’s energy needs.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
To remedy this, we're in the process of pushing towards a science-based target that will help us reduce our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources we own or control, like driving company cars.
Scope 2 and 3 emissions are indirect emissions that result from our activities but are controlled by other companies, like lighting, heating and cooling our stores, or the products we design and manufacture.
This means our shipment freights are presorted at the point of origin based on its final destination before the carrier takes possession.
This method of shipment will reduce carrier hassle and cut expenses as a result of smaller loads.
Waste & Water Management
Keeping the environment and the health of our employees in mind, we’re continuing to decrease the amount of water consumed by our facilities.
We are also expanding our recovery and recycling efforts, reducing our disposal costs and decreasing our reliance on natural resources.
Baskets: Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper can save an impressive 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water. We’ve also chosen to place paper-recycling bins throughout our offices, so it’s easy breezy for employees to recycle their paper waste.
Recycling Stations: Our office lunchrooms include individual receptacles, so our employees and guests proactively recycle their paper, aluminum, and plastic.
Textiles: We want to provide a more sustainable solution to landfills, so we're launching a donation program that makes it easy to give used clothing and accessories a second life—while also supporting local nonprofit organizations.
That’s why we decided to install water-refilling stations at all ourfacilities. Then, we gave our employees S&S stainless steel travel tumblers.
We’re happy to say that we’ve greatly reduced our plastic bottle waste, plus our employees are happily hydrated.