On living life differently and enjoying the little things
Caterina, Account Clerk for Gildan in Montreal, Canada was diagnosed with cancer in December 2018. Shortly after she went on leave, underwent two surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy, but none of it has gotten her down. In fact, she’s more positive than ever. Here’s her story:
Tell me a bit about yourself?
I have two daughters, one is thirteen and the other eight years old. The older one is an angel, but the youngest is feisty! I have a wonderful husband and something most people don’t know about me is that I also have a twin brother.
This week marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month in the United States. In honor of this event, we interviewed Erika Carrillo Lopez who works at our yarn-spinning facility in Salisbury, North Carolina to find out about her career growth at the company and what her heritage means to her.
Can you share your journey and how you came to live in North Carolina?
Q&A with Marc Doyon, VP Commodities, Gildan talks about the benefits of U.S. cotton
Marc Doyon, VP Commodities, Gildan Activewear talks about how sustainably-grown and ethically harvested U.S. cotton is the better choice.
Q: What do you feel are the benefits cotton offers as a fiber for garments?
The first thing is that cotton is a natural fiber and feels great on the skin. Cotton pulls moisture away from the skin on hot days and provides a soft, comfortable feel. Being a natural fiber cotton also means it is biodegradable at the end of a t-shirt's life, so it becomes natural fertilizer and provides nutrients back to the soil.
Garry Bell, VP Corporate Marketing and Communications talks about the increasing collaboration among farmers, cotton associations, government and brands to continuously improve the footprint of growing cotton.
Q: Do you feel that cotton is a more sustainable resource vs. synthetic fibers?
Gildan enters two-year agreement with World Vision
Gildan and World Vision are partnering in an Education & Transformation of Children project in Honduras. As leaders in their respective industries, the partnership between Gildan and World Vision (WV) will help both organizations leverage a wider range of resources, use them more effectively and build on the strengths of both organizations to positively impact the communities where they both work.
Wilko Reinholz, a German native and avid world traveler, joined Gildan in Barbados just over one and a half years ago as Director of eCommerce, with the responsibility for overseeing the consumer experience and website optimization of the company’s brands.
Prior to joining Gildan, Wilko was living in Portland with his wife where he worked at adidas. In May 2017, the opportunity to build Gildan’s ecommerce presence came up and Wilko felt that it was just too good to say no. Without any hesitation, he and his wife packed their bags and embraced the adventure of moving to Barbados.
Three industry experts in the apparel industry took part in a webinar hosted by the Sourcing Journal on the topic of transparency.
The importance of transparency has continued to gain traction in the apparel and fashion industry in recent years, and for good reasons. Clothing shapes more than just our wardrobes, it shapes the environmental, economic and social landscapes of the countries where they are produced.
The problem of apparel waste has become, with over 10.5 million tons dumped in landfills in North America every year. There are many statistics quoted on the matter, but leave it to say that the vast majority of what we get rid of ends up in landfills, some say as high as 80%.
Marie-Chantal shares her story from losing her job during her maternity leave to finding her fit at Gildan. Here is her story:
Q: Tell us about a challenge you overcame during your career?
Shortly after I began my maternity leave with my second child, the company I was working for at the time restructured and I lost my job. It was hard for me to process the information when I got the phone call as I was in full-time mommy mode - taking care of a new born and completely absorbed by his wellbeing.