Threads & Social Responsibility
Mia Mélange believes in sourcing local, sustainable, high quality materials. We love to work with suppliers who share our values. One of our favourite suppliers is our thread supplier, ACA Threads.
ACA Threads, a company that is committed to running their business in an ethical, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner, manufactures our threads in Cape Town. One of the ways ACA Threads reduces their carbon footprint is by utilising the unused land on their factory premises to plant olive trees. To date they have planted 1000 olive trees to help reduce the greenhouse gas CO2 from the air and offset their emissions. ACA also has a Zero Landfill Project which has kept more than 300 cubic metres of polypropylene from entering the landfill. In 2013 ACA Threads installed a solar water heating system for the dye house and in 2015 a 131kWp photovoltaic solar power system was installed. They also have a Water Recharge Project and a Borehole & Water Purification Project.
ACA Threads also reuse cones. At Mia Mélange, we save all our used cones so that they can be reused instead of ending up in a landfill. Sometimes there is still some thread left on the cones that we return to ACA. They have a phenomenal project for this:
"ACA Thread’s collaboration with the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme has resulted in an ongoing spool cleaning project that involves the removal of labels and the cleaning of empty cones and spools to prepare them for reuse. We offer to buy back empty spools from customers, send them to various organisations for handicapped people and pay these organisations for preparing the spools for reuse. In many cases these institutions are also customers of ACA Threads, who include The Association for the Physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth, The Worcester School for the Blind and the Dorothea School for the Handicapped in Stellenbosch. The project has reduced the volume of waste sent to landfills, lowered the company’s energy costs and carbon emissions, saved our customers money and assisted disabled people to find meaningful employment." - ACA Threads
Read more about ACA's social responsibility here.