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Sustainability

Environment

Chemicals

We are aware that there are real challenges for the textile and fashion industry in managing the impact arising from the use of chemical substances throughout the most varied phases of the clothing production processes.

At Riopele, our goal is to eliminate all hazardous chemical substances from our supply chain. Thus, our chemical management focuses on selecting safer and more sustainable products for people and the environment and reengineering production processes and product design, aiming to increase production efficiency and minimize consumption.

In addition, we respect national and European legislation, complying with the rigorous provisions of legal and statutory requirements, such as the REACH Regulation and the certification STeP – Sustainable Textile Production. We also comply with the Restricted Substance List of the ZDHC - Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals - programme and are committed to the European Union’s new chemical management strategy, aligned with the European Ecological Pact (Green Deal).

Waste

We want to reduce the amount of waste we generate and we strive to make sure that all that waste is reused, recycled or recovered.

Our waste management policy is based on the 4 Rs: recover, reduce, reuse and recycle.

We have installed recycling bins across our facilities to enable a selective collection of all the generated waste, preventing it from going to landfills. Our employees participate in continuous training courses and activities to raise awareness of the importance of proper waste segregation.

Our sorting system ensures the recovery of 99.7% of the waste we generated in 2020, contributing to the preservation of the environment and natural resources.

Energy Efficiency

Our priorities are energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption. We pursue a rational and sustainable energy model and develop activities aimed at reducing our CO2 emissions.

We have installed a solar photovoltaic power plant for self-consumption in one of our production units. We installed high-efficiency lighting systems, variable speed drivers in electric motors and control devices in the HVAC systems. We are also using thermal energy from a cogeneration unit in the form of steam and hot water.

We are therefore achieving higher energy efficiency in our production areas and reducing our energy consumption needs.

CO2 Emissions:
(kg of CO2 per kg of manufactured fabric)

Energy Consumption:
(kgoe per kg of manufactured fabric)

Water Conservation

We are aware of the importance of water to life. Given the impact of our business activity, we believe that a sound management of water resources should be part of our commitment to sustainable development.

Our water management policy is based on three main pillars: an optimised water consumption management, the recovery of effluents generated by our production processes and efficient water abstraction management.

We are continuously investing in programmes aimed at reducing the use of water resources, reusing water and recycling industrial effluents, which allow us to achieve a level of excellence in water management and conservation.

Our facilities are equipped with a water treatment and pre-treatment plant, ensuring that all the process water is appropriately processed and routed to a proper destination while promoting its safe return to the water cycle.

Our experts regularly monitor the water quality in the river Pele, both upstream and downstream of the facilities, ensuring continuous surveillance of the river's health and ecosystem.

We seek to ensure that our processes use as few chemicals as technically possible, thus reducing the consumption of water per process and per kilogram of processed material and minimising the intensity of the end-of-line treatments.

To communicate our performance in all the aspects that support water management and conservation, as well as to promote a water-saving culture across all our levels of business, we have implemented the "Cada Gota Conta" ("Every Drop Counts") programme.

We participate in research and development projects focused on new processing technologies, seeking to find new ways of reducing the amount of water required by the various textile processes.