ithin the past decade, lots of major corporations have launched efforts to become more environmentally responsible. However, there are very few, who have gone as far as adidas has gone to develop an extremely broad and comprehensive sustainability program, both internally and externally. Here’s a quick look at why you can feel good about buying adidas’ products.
Reducing plastic waste has been a big initiative for adidas over the past few years. Since 2016, adidas retail stores no longer use plastic bags. In 2018, they reduced plastic waste in their offices, retail stores, warehouses and distribution centers worldwide by OVER 40 TONS, and then replaced it with sustainable solutions. And if that wasn’t enough, in 2019, the company plans on producing 11 MILLION PAIRSOF SHOES containing recycled ocean plastic – up from 5 million pairs produced in 2018.
With the help of their in-house travel agency tracking employee air travel, they’ve been able to reduce their absolute emissions by around 16%. But not only have they taken air travel seriously, adidas has also created a company initiative encouraging employees and management to use low-carbon vehicles and public transportation on the ground. The initiative rewards them with a monetary bonus, when they follow through with the program’s recommendations.
Because most carbon emissions come from the manufacturing process, adidas works closely with their suppliers in various ways to increase energy efficiency and sustainability in their manufacturing processes. One thing they do is to ship most of their cargo by sea, which aids in reducing the environmental impact of the shipping process. They also train suppliers using initiatives like their Energy and Water Investment Plan Project, which will help five main sourcing locations (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan) hit their targets for reductions in energy and water usage by 2020.
All of these efforts make us even more proud to be partnered with adidas, as their exclusive wholesale supplier! We commend them for all of their efforts in setting an example for how a company can positively impact the environment.
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