According to the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” We couldn’t have stated things better ourselves. As a manufacturer with a community orientation (and by community, we mean that in the broadest sense – local, regional, state, national, global) it’s incumbent that our business practices don’t disrupt our community. Here are just a couple of small examples of what we’re doing:
Lakeshirts / Blue 84 has been an early supporter of solar energy in our home town, and have contributed to our first local community solar garden. Since its launch in 2017, the total solar array has been responsible for 58,000 lbs. of CO2 emission reduction, and has been the environmental equivalent of nearly 1,500 new trees being planted. And this is just a start. We’re now committed to and using 100% of our energy via renewable sources. Because it’s that important.
If we can reuse it, we will. That goes for inbound shipping boxes that we can empty and send out again, to the multiple recycling stations that we have scattered throughout our 250,000 sq. ft. campus. We pride ourselves on continually looking for ways to eliminate, repurpose, and recycle waste.
The dyes that we use to dye our variety of garments are naturally based and environmentally friendly. The waste water that is generated via that process is thoroughly audited to ensure that the water leaving our facility can be effectively absorbed into the water system. We’re proud that the water we send down the line is friendlier to the environment than common dishwater is. It’s our commitment to keep it that way.
As stated, these are just a couple of examples of our commitment to sustainability. We’ll augment this section as we continue to evolve, innovate, and mitigate our environmental footprint.