Elevate Textiles, the owner of the American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components textile brands, has joined the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership as part of its continued efforts to promote and further sustainability throughout its supply chain operations.

The initiative is a collaboration between the EPA and industry designed to reduce carbon emissions in the freight transportation sector. The Partnership includes more than 3,000 members including manufacturers, freight shippers and freight logistics companies that share a commitment to assessing and improving the environmental and energy efficiency of moving goods across the US.

"We are very pleased to join the efforts of the Smartway Partnership and actively participate in identifying ways to reduce our carbon emissions in the transportation of our fabric and thread products," said Jimmy Summers, chief sustainability officer for Elevate. "Across our brands, we are committed to being a market leader and responsible manufacturer, and that includes the transportation of our goods through our own private fleet and outsourced resources. The actions of the Smartway Partnership very much align to Elevate's goal to achieve an annual trajectory of 2.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025."

The move follows Elevate Textiles' membership to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) last month.