In 2018 the most fashion actors worked together, under the leadership of the United Nations, to identify ways to address the climate issue concretely. Thus, The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action was launched. Its goal is to eliminate the emissions by 2050 and define various questions as the selection of environmentally friendly and sustainable materials, better customer awareness, the exploitation of circular business models …. that will be dealt with the signatories. This document attributes an important responsibility to the fashion industry with regard to climate impact. But at the same time, it recognises the great potential of the fashion industry to reduce emissions through a model of sustainable Continua a leggere
The presence of the Process Factory at the Annual Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Event, currently taking place in Amsterdam, is of absolute importance. The implementation model of the MRSL ZDHC (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) through the Chemical Management 4sustainability Protocol has been presented to the world, in fact, as an excellent reference for consistency and methodological effectiveness. Francesca Rulli, general manager of Process Factory and founder of 4sustainability, the line of services for sustainability, showed from the stage of Tobacco Theater the results of the Implementation Hub project carried out with five companies of the best Italian fashion chain: Cotonificio Albini, Eurojersey, Achille Pinto), Tintoria Jacchetti, Lanificio Cangioli.
On 21st November, an article on the impact of sustainable strategies on the Board of Directors appeared in Il Sole 24 Ore Plus. This article shows how sustainability issues, also known as Esg (environmental, social and governance) are becoming increasingly important to the life of a company. In fact, they can redirect business decisions. At the same time, however, it is stressed that sustainability is considered primarily for issues that have a direct impact on business rather than in a perspective of long-term sustainable development of the economy and the country. The hope is therefore that the Board of Directors will not only have formal responsibilities but will be more involved in the entire process of designing the strategy, which, to date, seems to be the exclusive prerogative of the managers.
From Dhaka to Milan the mission of 4sustainability is the same: to spread the sustainable culture by taking as an example the method developed to support the companies in a path of change capable of combining ethics and profit. This method has already been successfully applied to over 100 companies in the best Italian supply chain, through consulting and training activities. Concrete cases, results, trends and objectives… At the Textile Exchange’s Conference in 2018 in Milan and at the Workshop organized in Bangladesh to raise awareness of the local supply chain on sustainable development and chemical management – entitled A choice for the future of your business: chemical management and sustainable supply chain – 4sustainability expressed its commitment to share methods and objectives.
The Fashion Film Festival Milano has reached its fifth edition. And it confirms itself as an essential appointment for those who work in the international fashion sector. Fashion Film, in fact, is the mean by which fashion expresses itself in the digital age. This year, for the first time, a new category, The Best Green Fashion Film, has been added to the FFF Milan. The aim is to share and make known the sustainability in the fashion sector, the second most polluting industry after the Oil & Gas one. Every year we produce a lot of clothing, but customers do not know much about the living conditions of people in the supply chain. This situation was told by Futerra through the film “Who made my clothes”, the winning film of the new category. Its aim was (and still is) to make people aware of the life and destiny of those who work in the fashion industry. The hope is that the viewer will do something about it, asking and informing in turn, as well as actively participating in actions that affect their favourite brands.
Destination Zero – Seven Years of Detoxing the Clothing Industry is the latest Greenpeace report. It highlights the progress of the world’s leading fashion brands and their network of suppliers in the process of “detoxing” hazardous chemicals. The Detox My Fashion campaign dates back to 2011. The aim is to force fashion companies to become aware of their impact on the environment and human health and to assume the relevant responsibilities. To arrive by 2020 to eliminate all hazardous substances from their production processes. This campaign highlights the great power that fashion companies have to concretely contain this impact. Thanks to their great ability to influence trends and consumption.
The 4sustainability Protocol is a system for the correct management of chemical substances aimed at gradually eliminating from production processes those toxic and harmful to human health and the environment. It is the result of a synthesis of what the most important brands in the world require of companies in the supply chain and their ability to respond. 4sustainability is the first Italian service provider accredited by ZDHC, which collaborates with the fashion brands and companies in the sector for a sustainable development. The elimination of hazardous chemicals is both an ambitious commitment and an essential opportunity of development. But how do we implement this change? For this reason, the Chemical Management 4sustainability Protocol has been created. It is a process that focuses on method, objectives and results.
Recycled Wool is the title of the latest pubblication of the European Outdoor Group in collaboration with GreenroomVoice. It’s report that aims to promote dialogue and build stable relationships between brands and the supply chain of recycled wool. Wool, in fact, is slowly regaining popularity, as it provides new opportunities for product innovation. Consumers are also becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using fibers of animal origin. There are many challenges, including the environmental credentials of recycled content, its traceability and authenticity, and animal welfare. To read the full report you can click here.
A manufacturer oriented forum will be held in Milan, Italy, on February 20 – first stop of a world tour that touches Europe this year for the first time. Organized by Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals – ZDHC in partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition – SAC, the forum will focus on the value of chemical and environmental management, the ZDHC tools and their implementation, the Facility Environmental Module (FEM) 3.0 and continuous improvements at facility level.
ZDHC-SAC Forum in Milan is a closed number event. Registration can be made online from the ZDHC Events section, where the program is also available.
Process Factory is pleased to announce it is joining ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme and in doing so, supports the Programme’s vision of widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.
«Process Factory specializes in implementing sustainability practices in the fashion supply chain», explains Francesca Rulli, Partner and Sustainability Manager at Process Factory. Moreover, since last year we operate in Italy as a ZDHC accredited training provider on chemical management».