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Sustainability

Environment

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 waste that is generated, preventing it from going to landfills. Our employees participate in continuous training courses, as well as in activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of a proper waste segregation. 

Our facilities are equipped with an advanced sorting system that ensured the recovery of 99.6% of the waste we generated in 2017. This is how we are contributing to preserve 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 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 a 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 optimized water consumption management, the recovery of effluents generated by our production processes and an 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 what regards 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 are regularly monitoring the water quality in the river Pele, both upstream and downstream of the facilities, ensuring a continuous surveillance of the health of the river and its ecosystem.

We seek to ensure that our processes use as few chemicals as technically possible, thus allowing us to reduce the consumption of water per process and per kilogram of processed material and to minimize 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.