At the heart of new developments lies eco-responsibility – and the topic is giving rise to lively discussions! Explore the responsible collections and initiatives dreamed up by our exhibitors, with a spotlight on 3 companies highlighted by the Première Vision Smart Creation* platform: Marini Industrie, Etique et Hausamman + Moos.
Come and meet them on December 11 and 12!
Marini Industrie: a new facility firmly committed to Detox
Inaugurated in the spring of 2019, the new factory opened by fancy-fabric specialist Marini Industrie is consolidating the company’s commitment to Greenpeace’s Detox programme.
Relocating its factory gave Marini Industrie the opportunity to bolster its eco-responsible commitments. Since last spring, their new facility has been fitted with a photovoltaic system that supplies 100% of its electricity needs. Car parks are equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles. Located in the heart of the Prato industrial cluster, the plant complies with the EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme) certification and is part of the G.I.D.A. water-purification programme. To date, this system covers 40% of its companies’ water needs by recycling and reintroducing 4 million cubic metres of water into a separate network each year.
As early as 2016, the Prato-based company had signed on to Greenpeace’s voluntary Detox initiative. The goal is to encourage textile companies to eliminate hazardous substances from their production processes and products, and increase transparency by 2020, with the NGO keeping a running tally of the various commitments made and actions actually implemented.
Since that time, Marini Industrie has been part of an Italian branch of this campaign, called the Italian Consortium Detox Implementation (CID). From a specific list of eleven hazardous substances (phthalates, heavy metals, etc.), Marini has already eliminated nine of them.
On the product side, the wool-fabric specialist is expanding its range of certified fibres.
Under the Stretch Linen label, their fabrics are made from the following fibres:
GOTS-certified organic linen, viscose made from GRS-certified recycled cotton linters, Eco Smart Roica elastane consisting of at least 50% GRS-certified pre-industrial waste, Lyocell fibre from Tencel, and recycled nylon.
The H2Wool brand specifically targets high quality wool. It guarantees total traceability from farm to fabric, for a wool that is washable, crease resistant and animal-friendly (without mulesing). Rounding out the range is a recycled cashmere, wherein fibres derived from post-consumer waste are completely reworked into yarns.
Etique Srl: moving towards expanded certifications
In addition to recycled materials, one silk specialist opts for certified supplies.
The Italian silk mill Etique has a two-pronged sustainable development strategy.
On the product side, Etique concentrates on fabrics and yarns made from recycled yarns. This is true for both the mill’s yarn-dyed and piece-dyed textiles.
Their second priority is on generalizing the certifications the mill requires of its suppliers. Synthetic qualities (PES and PA yarns) are thus now under the Global Recycle Standard (GRS).
Fabrics made of cellulosic fibres from wood pulp, such as viscose and occasionally acetate, are certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), ensuring traceability right on through to the final consumer.
Hausammann+Moos: strict requirements for its cottons
For its top-range market, the Swiss weaver combines environmental management with a certifiably high-quality fabric production.
The Swiss mill has set itself two high standards for its production of high-quality cotton fabrics.
On the production side, spinning, weaving and finishing facilities comply with the Oeko Tex Step (Sustainable Textile Production) improvement programme. This is a complete certification aimed at evaluating and promoting responsible textile production. It covers environmental performance and management, the use of chemicals, CSR, quality management and occupational health and safety. The monitoring of water and industrial waste management follows the Oeko Tex Detox to Zero performance verification system, based on the DETOX campaign launched by Greenpeace to ensure the elimination of toxic chemicals from textile production. Hausammann+Moos has obtained level 2 and 3 (highest level) scores.
On the product side, all its collections are certified Oeko Tex 100 and Oeko Tex 100 +. These certifications guarantee that the textile products pose no health risks and are free of harmful substances. Additionally, a significant part of its production is made from organic materials with GOTS certifications for fibres, weaving, dyeing and finishing.
Within the Swiss industry, all Hausammann+Moos production is identified by the Swiss Cotton quality registered trademark.