Environmental Goals & Accomplishments

HanesBrands surpassed its initial five-year year goals for significant reductions in energy use, carbon-dioxide emissions and water use in 2012, and set even more ambitious goals for environmental performance by 2020. Compared to its 2007 baseline, Hanes is committed to:

  • Reducing energy consumption by 40%;
  • Decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by 40%;
  • Cutting water use by 50%;
  • Securing at least 40% of its total energy from renewable sources; and,
  • Achieving zero waste by diverting company-owned supply chain waste from landfills.

Download Hanes’ 2018 environmental performance data, including comparisons to 2007 baseline, here. Following are highlights from the company’s 2018 performance:

22% Energy Reduction

Hanes’ robust energy-management program, which has an enterprise-wide approach and an intense focus in the company’s mostly owned supply chain operation, resulted in 22% less energy used per pound of apparel manufactured in 2018 versus 2007.

The company’s manufacturing facilities play a large role in its energy-reduction goal. To date, 25 of Hanes’ manufacturing facilities have earned awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry for reducing energy use by more than 10 percent within a five-year period.

34% Fewer Carbon Emissions

Hanes’ energy management program has the added benefit of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, which dropped 34% in 2018 compared with 2007. This achievement has the benefit equivalent to eliminating nearly 320 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.


31% Less Water Used

Water conservation, along with wastewater treatment, are important aspects of Hanes’ commitment to environmental responsibility. In 2018, the company used 31% less water per pound of manufactured apparel than we did in 2007.

Globally, the company adheres to world-class water-management and waste-water treatment practices as we strive to reduce our impact on the environment. Additionally, Hanes sources nearly all of its cotton from the southeastern United States, where annual rainfall exceeds a cotton plant’s water requirements.

40% Renewable Energy Use

Not only has Hanes reduced its energy consumption, but it has also shifted 40% of the energy it does use to renewable sources.

HanesBrands owns and operates two state-of-the-art biomass facilities in its global energy portfolio. The first is a process steam biomass boiler at the company’s textiles facility in the Dominican Republic, and the second is a biomass-fueled combined heat and power system connected to its textile and sock plants in El Salvador.

A large portion of the energy used to make Hanes’ T-shirts and underwear in the Western Hemisphere is generated by biomass, hydro and geothermal energy sources – and this helps the company avoid using energy created by burning coal and oil.

Zero Waste

In 2018, Hanes achieved a landfill diversion rate of 86% recycling more than 107 million pounds of fabric-cut parts, corrugate, plastic and other materials. The company is continuously working to identify opportunities to minimize waste and reuse materials.


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