• 28 April 2022

    Successori Reda

    Ercole Botto, CEO of Successori Reda, presented this reality and its approach to circularity during the presentation event of the Circular Threads report last June. Reda is a leading company in the textile sector, began Botto, that feels the responsibility to promote change through sustainable innovation, respect for the environment and social progress in order to ensure a future to next generations.  When it comes to sustainability, Reda embraces several concepts, including transparency, which, as Botto said during his speech, is essential in order to be sustainable. The company is also located in a manufacturing sector that, for economic reasons, had already to apply the principles of circularity to its fibres. For example, during the processing of wool, the first by-product generated in the first step of combing is fat, which is then used as a base in the beauty creams of all the brands in the sector.   Reda’s journey began, continued Botto, somehow in a reckless manner, as they approached this sector when they were already grown up, and it was only through the growing literature on sustainability that they became increasingly aware of the new possibilities and the fact that textiles are the second most polluting sector in the world because they are also the one that wastes the most.   Even the company itself had to learn this: in 2004 it received its first certification for sustainability, and from then until 2018-2019 it was unable to sell its products because they were sustainable products. There were no brands buying from them because they were sustainable and therefore still difficult to justify on the market compared to other similar products.  However, the world has finally started to change and move towards more sustainable and circular purchases. In recent years, the company has also started to certify its products with LCA...
  • 17 March 2022

    The evolution of circular fashion

    Last June, in occasion of the Circular Threads report release, we organised a presentation event with experts from the fashion and textile sector, including Giusy Cannone, CEO of Fashion Technology Accelerator. This accelerator was created to support innovative start-ups within the fashion industry. During her speech, Giusy Cannone talked about some possible applications, innovative case studies that seek to make the process and value chain of fashion more sustainable.   First of all, bith the fashion and the textile industry, she started, uses mainly non-renewable resources usually derived from oil, and synthetic fibres, chemicals and toxic products especially in the dyeing and the finishing phases. Moreover, this sector has a low rate use of the garments, sometimes a maximum of 5-6 times, and has a complicated relationship with recycling activities, which is still not enough widespread. Although at the moment the numbers are not reassuring and there is still a lot to do, there are many stakeholders who, through different steps, can make the fashion industry genuinely more circular.   Zooming on what innovation entrepreneurs, also called innovators, do they start from the input, since fabric is not the only important step in the fashion value chain, but it has a significant impact. In this respect, one of the solutions that has already been developed is fabric derived from recycled materials. For instance, recycled polyester, a fabric that is derived from recycled plastic and then reconstituted into polyester fibres. This operation can save around 59% energy compared to virgin polyester.   Moreover, widely used is also the recycled nylon, a product resulting from activities such as fishing. The well-known company Econyl has done an enormous amount of work to bring this solution to market. Even in the luxury segment, recycled nylon is beginning to be introduced, which can significantly save real resources and reduce oil...
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