高士正积极与客户和供应商合作，帮助他们提高产品的可持续性。 新产品正在使用可回收材料开发，或者可以被其他人重复使用或回收。 高士于2018年推出了 Epic EcoVerde，这是第一个使用100%可回收材料的优质缝纫线。 此外，我们正在所有业务中推出废物管理流程和行动计划。
“We are largely a plastics
company, with polyester our
principal product material,
and with current technology
options that it likely to continue
for the foreseeable future.
Our products are engineered
to have a life span of many
years. In most cases the seams
made using our threads will
still be in good condition at
the end of a garment’s life.
That is a good use for a highly
engineered plastic material, but
it is important for us to think
beyond that single, extended
lifecycle as the polymers
used in our threads can be
used virtually indefinitely.
The challenge we, and the textile
industry in general, face is how
to achieve repeated circular
recycling of our products. The
hurdles are both technical
and organisational, spanning
complex supply chains. We
must continue to work in
to establish this circularity.
Meanwhile we continue to
develop our EcoVerde products
which use recycled materials
from other industries to
produce high quality threads,
thus giving a second lifecycle to
Our focus on waste is crucial
as it reduces the amount of
material we need to make
our threads. Waste is both an
excess use of resources and a
loss of value.”
Waste is generated in various ways during textile processing, and over 70% of it is reused internally or recycled externally.
Our target is to reduce the waste we generate, as a percentage of all materials used, by 25%. The first stage is to ensure that we have comprehensive global reporting and analysis of waste and we have been focussing on this in 2019. As a percentage our waste increased by 6% in 2019 to 9.2%. We believe that this is related mainly to the increase in accuracy in reporting from the global reporting system, but highlights the work that needs to be done to achieve our ambitious 2022 target. Action plans for waste reductions in 2020 are being developed.
materials to make
We launched our premium recycled polyester
products in early 2019. These are Epic EcoVerde
and Gramax EcoVerde. More product types will be
added as we develop more fibre and filament types.
Demand has been strong, consistently outstripping
our supply. We have been working very closely with
our upstream supply chain partners to ensure that
as more high quality material becomes available
we can continue to increase the availability of our
Over the course of the year we have gone from
a rate of about 0.5% of sales of these brands to
3.6% and expect to continue this strong growth in
2020 as we have new supply scheduled to come on
stream during the year.
% of premium polyester sales from recycled material
12018 data has been restated without NA Crafts, with Gotex and Patrick Yarn Mills and with finished goods output basis to help with like for like comparisons to 2019
For more information on our historical performance download our full data disclosure.