Historic AW Hainsworth highlights sustainability in new report

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Historic West Leeds textile mill AW Hainsworth has produced a report detailing initiatives highlighting its commitment to the environment, local community, employees, customers and supply partners.

In 2023 AW Hainsworth is entering its 240th year, weaving iconic cloth at their mill at Stanningley Bottom for eight generations. A focus on sustainability is crucial to their longevity moving forwards.

In the report published this week, AW Hainsworth says sustainability projects include:

  • Installing a water re-circulation unit that will save 1.25 million litres of water and 45,000 kWh of electricity per year
  • Increased recycling
  • Connecting with local schools, charities, and suppliers
  • Offering affordable housing
  • Training and rewards for their employees
  • Investment in skills and quality

Managing director Amanda McLaren said: “Being sustainable as a manufacturing business is challenging, but despite this, we continue to work towards ambitious goals to reduce our environmental impact. We know we must take proactive measures to ensure our operations are sustainable.

“We have already implemented numerous initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, and we are working on a shift in culture to embed sustainability into the working lives of every employee. This has to come from the top, so the Senior Leadership Team is heavily involved in our Sustainability Committee and has attended additional training.

“I am very proud that, in our 240th year, we are leading the way in sustainability for businesses of our type. I will continue to be personally responsible for driving us forward.”

AW Hainsworth has further plans to build on this in 2023, including waste management initiatives, a further roll-out of re-circulation units throughout milling, and collaborating with customers on sustainability projects.

Read the Sustainability Report in full here.

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