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We passionately challenge ourselves and bring people together to create a stronger, more sustainable future.
OUR COMMITMENT BY 2025
Power 100 percent of all owned and operated facilities with renewable energy.
Utilize more than 50 percent sustainable synthetics.
Source 100 percent sustainably-grown or recycled cotton.
Increase Indigood™ dyed products every year.
Lee is committed to bring more people together to transform communities in which we operate.
Hundreds of Hours of Service
Every year, our employees spend hundreds of hours of volunteering for their communities around the world. From installing denim insulation after natural disasters to planting gardens, we encourage and support employees to give back.Dressing the Workforce
Lee has always dressed the American workforce and supported local communities. In October 2020, Lee announced it will supply apparel to workers in a new high-tech greenhouse built by AgTech company, AppHarvest. As one of the largest controlled environment agriculture facilities in the world, the site aims to grow fresh non-GMO produce using 90% less water compared to traditional open-field agriculture. It also brings hundreds of jobs to the Appalachia region, an area heavily impacted by the collapse of the coal industry. Lee is proud to be the exclusive denim provider for the workers of AppHarvest’s new facility.Worker Well-Being
The people who grow our materials and design & craft our products are the true fabric of Lee. To protect their health, promote their safety and ensure their well-being, we’ve enacted Terms of Engagement and Global Compliance Principles by which we expect all our partners and suppliers to abide.
Lee is committed to seek out more sustainable solutions.Zero Waste Distribution Centers
We are committed to embed sustainable business practices throughout our global operations and supply chain. Lee has reached zero-waste designation for all of our owned distribution centers in North America. This means that at least 95% of the waste from these facilities will be diverted from landfills through recycling, composting and reuse. We are also committed to further reducing waste in product design, retail stores and composite offices.Saving 1 Billion Liters of Water in Manufacturing
At Lee, we make sure we conserve water wherever we can. Lee has launched Indigood™ Denim, a signature denim collection that eliminates water from the denim dying process, producing a more sustainable jean. Additionally, in 2019, Lee celebrated over one billion liters of water saved during the water-intensive finishing process for our denim products, and we’re still counting.
Lee is committed to finding more innovative design solutions to deliver better products that meet consumers’ growing demand for high-quality apparel looks good and fits great and uphold our values for social and environmental impact.Making Fashion Circular
On circularity, we work with Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign. By forming guidelines that minimize waste associated with denim production, establish requirements for jean durability and recyclability, and ensure positive impacts on the environment, this initiative is transforming our approach to design. We’re developing high-quality clothing that’s less harmful to the planet, our communities, and the people who craft our products.Technology Solutions to Reduce Waste
Lee has become an industry leader in the world of virtual design, using technology to revolutionize the way we develop our products. Our advancements in virtual design technology have reduced the number of physical prototypes generated by 30%. Producing fewer prototypes saves the same amount of water as 72,000 Americans use in a day and reduces the equivalent carbon emissions of nearly 1 million passenger-vehicle miles.Sustainable Cotton
One of the ways Lee plans to meet our sustainable cotton goal is through our partnership with Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). BCI aims to reduce the use of pesticides and promote the use of efficient water use, crop rotation, and fair working conditions. Each year, Kontoor Brands, the parent company of Lee, increase the volume of sustainable cotton purchased - from 700 MT in 2014 to 21,299 MT in 2020. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance and is not physically traceable to end products. See Bettercotton.org for more details around their sustainable initiative.
A new show from Kingpins and Lee®, The Indigood™ Podcast celebrates everything good happening in denim. Host Roian Atwood explores denim sustainability – from the cotton field to the consumer – with industry leaders, non-profit experts, and apparel’s most creative innovators.