Our teams prioritize efficient use of materials and other inputs to help us conserve natural resources and reduce our impact.
Wrangler tracks waste diversion rates for every owned facility around the globe. A three-phase program launched in 2014 should drive our 51% diversion rate significantly higher, as we aim to have all of our facilities produce zero waste. The program is helping to: standardize waste reporting across facilities; identify, share and implement opportunities for improvement; and develop advanced waste reduction initiatives.
All five of Wrangler’s U.S. distribution facilities have achieved zero-waste designations. Our Hackleburg, Ala. facility led the way after it was rebuilt to LEED Gold standards following a deadly tornado that destroyed the previous facility in 2011. The LEED Gold designation commends the facility’s best-in-class, environmentally responsible building strategies and practices such as water efficient landscaping, automated and natural lighting, and fuel-efficient vehicle parking. The management team engaged the site’s associates in evaluating waste streams, creating recycling programs, and ultimately eliminating the waste sent to landfill.
Our Hackleburg facility and all of our locations share technologies and best practices for waste reduction to help other sites improve. For example, we carefully track marker waste on all of our production floors. As a result, we’re able to reduce scrap material waste by fine-tuning the accuracy with which we mark and cut denim and then share our best practices. In addition, we gather the leftover scrap for reuse as insulation in homes and cars. Similarly, scrap copper and cardboard is sent back to Wrangler vendors for reuse.
Our Torréon, Mexico facility has used the nitrogen-rich sludge waste from the laundry process as a fertilizer on the grounds and in local reforestation projects.