We have our planet in mind, always.

It’s all about progress. Our REAL GOOD.™ Collection is growing…

When it comes to feeling good about what you wear, we know that means more than just keeping it cozy and #AerieREAL.

Sustainability is important to you, and to us! Aerie is all about making better choices—like using less water, sourcing sustainable materials, and bettering the lives of the people who are producing those materials. That’s why we’ve embarked on partnerships and initiatives that help us develop our biggest work in progress:
The REAL GOOD.™ Collection!

We source more than 1600 tons of sustainable cotton

In the 2020 sourcing season we used 50,843kg of recycled nylon

We use recycled polyester made from around 31 million plastic bottles


Aerie is a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). BCI is a not-for-profit organization that is working to improve global cotton production, making it more sustainable and better for the farmers who grow the cotton. In 2020, an estimated 174 million gallons of water were saved thanks to our sourcing of Better Cotton!


Recycled nylon has a little less than half the carbon emissions impact as regular nylon. In the 2020 sourcing season, Aerie used 50,843kg of recycled nylon! That’s a great start, but we’re excited to do even better. We have big sustainability goals on the horizon! We know we have a long way to go to get where we want to be—now that’s REAL.

Our recycled polyester process


Aerie is also now using recycled polyester for around 12% of our polyester supply. For the 2020 sourcing season, we were able to use recycled polyester made from around 31 million plastic bottles (that’s 1.48 million lbs of polyester!!!).*

*based on the assumption that 27 plastic bottles = 1lb.

Sustainability Goals

Let’s talk about our cotton goals. For Aerie, we see a number of different programs are making cotton more sustainable, and we count cotton that is recycled, organic, transitional organic, or sourced through BCI toward our goal. In 2020, more than 1600 tons of cotton were sustainably sourced! This makes up around 16% of our cotton supply – but we’re not stopping there.

In 2020, Aerie sourced more than 30 million plastic bottle’s worth of recycled polyester! This makes up about 12% of our polyester supply. Our goal is to reach 50% recycled polyester by 2023—that would mean around over 120 million plastic bottles saved!

And it’s not just us! Our friends at American Eagle are working hard to make their
assortment as GOOD as it can be. Read more here to see what they’re up to.
Shop AE’s REAL GOOD.™ Collection here.

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