For close to 20 years, we have measured, monitored, optimized, and reported our environmental results to understand and lower our impact on the planet. Since then, we have pursued continuous improvements in every aspect of our operations to become one of the world’s most efficient and sustainable apparel manufacturers.
Made with respect for climate change and energy
of our total energy comes from renewable sources
in CDP's 2020 Climate Change report
decrease in our energy intensity from 2015-2020
Our biomass energy systems burn agricultural, factory, and process waste – including wood by-products, paper, cardboard, and cotton waste – in high-efficiency boilers that generate steam and thermal energy required in our textile factories. These systems help us generate close to half of our total energy needs through renewable sources.
This process is carbon neutral because it prevents organic materials from entering landfills where dangerous GHGs would be emitted during the decomposition phase. The ash created during the process remains organic and serves as an effective fertilizer with low levels of sulphur for local agricultural processes.
Condensate is the hot liquid by-product resulting from steam energy that has been used in heat transfer processes. Condensate is warm water containing chemical additives that can be reused to produce steam, at just one-third of the cost of generating steam from fresh water and new chemicals.
Our heat recovery systems use thermal energy to heat water for our dyeing process. This allows us to significantly reduce the amount of steam we need to generate the required temperature for dyeing, and ultimately allows us to conserve water and reduce energy consumption.
Our absorption chillers capture thermal energy from our steam to create cool water that drives many of our factories' air conditioning systems. This system generates energy savings in the millions allowing us to reduce our energy use.
Made with respect for water
less water needed when compared to industry average
reduction in water intensity from 2015- 2020
from our Biotop to irrigate our green areas
We use the Gildan Biotop, an innovative biological wastewater treatment system that uses bacteria and microorganisms to clean water until it’s virtually dye and chemical-free. Only then do we return the water to the environment, where it feeds the wetlands, effectively promoting biodiversity.
Lowing water intensity
Another way we manage water is by ensuring we optimize its utilization. We leverage systems that allow us to integrate practices focused on reusing and recycling to maximize how much of it we use.