Innovative ideas for protecting the environment are bubbling up virtually everywhere we look at Glen Raven these days. These creative approaches range from eliminating landfill wastes to reducing the amount of water and electricity used during manufacturing.

The Concept Gallery recently brought together many of the Glen Raven associates who are involved in environmental protection for a half day of sharing innovative ideas. The goal was to encourage greater collaboration across our company’s global footprint.

“We are committed to environmental responsibility for two reasons,” said Allen E. Gant, Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven. “It is clearly the right thing to do as a globally responsible company. At the same time, environmental best practices make us a stronger company by helping to control costs while encouraging collaboration with customers and trade partners who share similar values.”

Presenters for the EcoSocial event included Randy Blackston, vice president of operations for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics; John Gant, manager of sustainable development for Custom Fabrics; Eddie Gant, manager of the Park Avenue Finishing Plant; Allen E. Gant, III, development engineer; and Patrick Hennessy, automotive market manager for Glen Raven Technical Fabrics.

Some of the key insights included:

  • Every company can reduce landfill wastes.
  • Water and energy use reduction are possible with a methodical approach.
  • Buildings that follow LEED guidelines are less expensive to operate.
  • Consumers are drawn to products that include recycled content.
  • Sustainability includes many elements, from product design to recycling.