• 19 October 2021

    Circular Threads: the report

    Press Release – Circular Threads Tondo has presented the first Italian study on the relationship between Textile industry and Circular Economy in Northern Italy. <To download the report:> To download the executive summary click here. Milan, 18 October 2021 – Tondo is pleased to present “Circular Threads”, the first study that aims to investigate the link between the Italian textile and fashion industry and the Circular Economy. You can download the report here. The study, carried out in collaboration with Fondazione Pistoletto, Associazione Tessile e Salute and rén collective, analysed the level of sustainability and circularity of textile and fashion companies in Northern Italy, with a particular focus on the Biella district, a pole of excellence and reference for the Italian textile sector. The study aims to provide an overview of the current situation and to accelerate the transition towards the circular economy in the textile sector, identifying the best practices implemented and the main challenges faced by companies. Specifically, a three-level analysis was conducted: for the first level, desk research, a series of sustainable and circular actions for the textile industry were identified and it was verified which of these actions were implemented in a sample of 300 companies in Northern Italy. As a second level of analysis, a questionnaire was submitted to a sample of almost 70 companies to assess the level of circular and sustainable practices implemented in a number of key areas. Lastly, a detailed analysis based on material flows was carried out for 2 companies in order to calculate the circularity index at product level using the Ellen MacArthur Foundation methodology. Considering the strategic importance of the Italian fashion and textile industry, the transition towards more circular and sustainable production models represents not only a necessity but also a relevant economic opportunity. However, the...
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