Manufacturer Yunus Textile Mills tracks sustainability holistically with Higg
How Higg can help design-out waste
After reviewing a recent Higg assessment with a third-party verifier, Anum was asked if any of the company’s products were circular, or waste-free by design. When she answered ‘no yet,’ she knew prioritizing circularity would be an important area to focus on, not only in order to meet Yunus’s zero-waste goal, but also as part of the company’s greater commitment to the planet’s health.
According to Anum, “Higg’s assessment really encouraged us to initiate a circular economy program. From 2019 to 2020, we started recycling cotton and polyester fibers to create new yarns, and embraced the ongoing improvement principle of kaizen to reduce operational waste.” In recognition of their hard work, Yunus earned a cradle to cradle certification, and continues to strive to make more products.
To meet their goal of zero-waste operations, Yunus is always evaluating opportunities to cut waste in every aspect of its operations. For example, when Higg helped the company identify packaging as a significant contributor to their waste, they made a switch to corrugated recycled cardboard. This not only reduces waste, but also diverts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.
Yunus also uses Higg data as the conduit to communicate progress and earn new business. Each year when Yunus reports its impact data on the Higg portal, the insights spark conversations with their customers about sustainability progress, and opportunities for future investment.
Achieving net zero, both in waste and emissions, is no small feat, and requires active management of multiple initiatives and stakeholders. With Higg, Yunus has been able to measure their progress to net zero year over year, and ensure they stay on track, with 2050 in sight.