Cecile CorralOctober 7, 2019
DALTON, Ga. — It may be its ruby anniversary. But Oriental Weavers is all about being green.
“We are pushing 40 years of sustainability,” Jonathan Witt, president, told Furniture Today.
The company’s Egypt-based parent, Oriental Weavers Group, is keenly focused on ramping up its environmental efforts and was recently earned kudos for its strides.
This summer, the company was honored by the Green Economy Financing Facility for “pioneering environmentally sustainable production methods,” having saved 42,0000 megawatt hours and 7,600 tons of carbon dioxide last year. In honor of these achievements, the company was recognized at an award ceremony in June at Cairo’s Sofitel Hotel.
“The purpose of the award is to encourage more Green Economy financing in Egypt and inspire other businesses to become more competitive by using GEFF technical assistance and financing,” the company said.
The award comes as Oriental Weavers is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in 1979, the company produces printed, tufted, woven and hospitality soft flooring products at manufacturing facilities in the United States, China and Egypt.
In 2016, it made a strategic decision to improve energy performance and consumption, and a year later Qatar National Bank introduced Oriental Weavers Group to GEFF.
Through a combination of grant funding and support from GEFF’s team, Oriental Weavers has since been able to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint, not only in the core business of carpet weaving, but also through the management of utilities and tree planting initiatives.
“Oriental Weavers will continue to invest in new green initiatives to reduce its emissions and to enable energy efficient manufacturing at all of its facilities worldwide,” said Yasmine Khamis, vice president, Oriental Weavers.
Looking ahead, a joint venture between Oriental Weavers and the Orientals for Agricultural Products organization is targeting to eliminate global carbon dioxide emissions by planting trees in cities and costal lands during the coming years to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
This effort answers to the Egyptian government’s newly launched Vision 2030 agenda, which calls for a 45% reduction of global carbon emissions by 2030 vs. 2010 and net zero emissions by 2050.
“This joint venture crowned our developments in different fields that we have started years ago to translate our belief that the shift towards a low-carbon economy can be a driver of green growth and deliver significant long-term economic benefits,” the company said.
Cecile B. Corral is a senior editor with Home Textiles Today and is editor of luxury textiles supplement POSH. She also covers the area rug category for Furniture Today and Home Accents Today.