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 916 metric tons of sustainable cotton
In the 2020 sourcing season we used 43,172kg of recycled nylon
We use recycled polyester made from around 23 million plastic bottles
BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE
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, totaling 25% of our cotton that year.
So far in 2021, Aerie has already sourced enough Better Cotton to total 55% of our total cotton used, and we aren’t finished yet!
Recycled nylon has a little less than half the carbon emissions impact as regular nylon. In the 2020 sourcing season, Aerie used 43,172kg 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 23,093,805 bottles (that’s 855,326 lbs of polyester!!!).*
*based on the assumption that 27 plastic bottles = 1lb.
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 916 tons of cotton were sustainably sourced! This makes up around 25% of our cotton supply – but we’re not stopping there.
In 2020, Aerie sourced more than 23,093,805 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!
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