HanesBrands Renews U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

HanesBrands is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport program, which works to support environmental stewardship. The company reports that since 2008, it has reduced carbon emissions from its transportation by more than 50 percent, helping HanesBrands achieve a 34-percent reduction in carbon emissions across its supply chain operations. Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as suppliers Hanes/Champion/ComfortWash (PPAI 191138, S10) and Alternative Apparel (PPAI 217134, S5).

HanesBrands, which has been a program partner for three years, recently submitted its data on shipping and energy-conservation efforts associated with the transportation of raw materials and distribution of finished products. The SmartWay Transport program reviewed and validated this information before approving the company’s partnership renewal.

“We’re very proud to participate in the U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transportation program, as it is integral to being successful in our overall environmental sustainability program,” says Robin Hager, director of global logistics, freight and customs.

The SmartWay Transport program was developed in 2003 by the U.S. EPA, industry stakeholders and environmental groups. Annually since its inception, the partnership estimates that the program has helped save nearly 280 million barrels of oil, or more than 5.3 billion gallons of gas, along with $38 billion in fuel costs. Additionally, emissions have been reduced by 134 million tons.

HanesBrands uses SmartWay’s tools and approaches to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of shipping within its supply chains and help reduce fuel use and associated emissions. SmartWay has more than 3,000 partners, including manufacturers, shippers, logistics companies and truck, rail, barge and multimodal carriers.

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