Imperial announced today a new sustainability platform where the brand commits to striving for improvement goals and alignment with like-minded suppliers.
“Sustainability is how we create long term value for our customers and society,” said Mike Wrightson, President of Imperial. “There is not a more important issue than striving toward a safer and better planet.”
Imperial’s platform is based on the pillars of Compliance, Environmental Excellence, Waste Reduction and Energy Conservation:
- Compliance: Comply with all customer, international, federal, local and governmental policies. We will audit for compliance and maintain action plans that ensure that we move forward.
- Environmental Excellence: Strive to create a positive impact on the environment through our business policies and development of our people. Our roadmap will consist of looking for environmentally friendly alternatives in all aspects of our business: raw materials, production methods and production equipment and facilities.
- Waste Reduction: Strive for zero landfill. We will track and develop for month to month and year over year improvements.
- Energy Conservation: Strive do more with less through execution of a vision that continually reduces all resources. We will develop action plans that drive and track continual improvement across all these resources.
Imperial commits to periodically keeping its customers and entire industry updated on their progress toward operating a more sustainable company.
As of January 1, 2022, approximately 33% of the power used in Imperial domestic decoration and USA made visor facilities will be provided by solar energy.
By the end of 2023, Imperial has the ambitious goal to move its best-selling performance fabrics, including the X210P lineup, to 100% recycled polyester. In addition, Imperial also intends on implementing Oeko-Tex®* certified cotton into its collections. Both changes will account for over 75% of products sold and set them on course to make that 100% by the end of 2024.
“The journey towards sustainability and improved environmental responsibility will not be easy and will require many strategic decisions, new ways of thinking and working,” said David Shaffer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Imperial. “One technology or process will not be the complete answer. It’s more about being bold and having the courage to stand up, make these declarations and begin to align the tactics for our organization and operations.”