If sustainability is the banner under which the 48th edition of Filo will play, similar issues have been discussed during an event organised by PoinTex and Associazione Tessile e Salute, in cooperation with ITA-Agency, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber for Italian Fashion), Sistema Moda Italia and Unione Industriale Biellese (reserved to companies only).
The conference, entitled ‘Sustainability within textile and fashion industry: answers from Made in Italy’, represented an interesting opportunity for information and exchanging experiences among various protagonists of the textile supply chain, where the theme of sustainability is often linked to the issue of innovation. It was particularly interesting to hear from many speakers the many ways and facets in which the concept of sustainability can be declined. However, two concepts clearly came to light. The first one was stated at the beginning of the conference by Marco Bardelle, president of PoinTex, and then shared by the following speakers: “Made in Italy companies – and supply chains – are more sustainable compared to their competitors, thanks to the solid tradition of this industry, the existing laws, the respect for workers’ health and the regulation of labour relations“. In addition, as highlighted by Mauro Rossetti, director of Tessile e Salute, especially those Italian companies that work at the beginning of textile pipeline must respect the European directive REACH (Registration, Evaluation Authorisation of Chemicals) regarding chemicals used during production processes.
The second concept is that it is possible to address ‘sustainability’ only as an issue concerning the global supply chain and not any single company or any single sector. For these reasons, in 2016 the Camera nazionale della moda italiana published guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for items of apparel, leather goods, hosiery and accessories industries, while Sistema Moda Italia created a commission aiming at defining ‘sustainability’ in the context of the textile and apparel industry. Andrea Crespi, president of the Smi commission, explained that: “We have started from strongly different visions about the concept of ‘sustainability’ between upstream and downstream of our supply chain, but we have made progress, thanks to the awareness that this is the only way to proceed in order to maintain competitiveness for the Italian products. The concept of products ‘longevity’, developed in contrast to consumerism, plays a crucial role as well: Italian entrepreneurs of textile and apparel industries are masters in the production of well-made yarns, fabrics, garments or accessories with intrinsic value and designed to last for some time“.
Italian textile and fashion industry has not only all the credentials for addressing the issue of sustainability. Moreover it can change it into a big opportunity in order to consolidate its chances on international markets, relaying on its very-high quality: this further path will be under discussion on the 27th of September 2017 at Filo.
Biella, 26 july 2017