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The 48th edition of Filo: the conference on sustainable chains

As a tradition, the official inauguration of the 48th edition of Filo occurred in the context of the conference organised by Filo together with ITA-Agency and Sistema Moda Italia and dedicated to “The thread of sustainable chains”.

After the welcoming greeting by Marinella Loddo, director of ITA office in Milan, Carlo Piacenza, president of Unione Industriale Biellese, officially opened the 48th edition. During his speech, Piacenza highlighted that: “the very same conference title – connecting the two concepts of chain and sustainability – well represents how the interest of operators is focusing today not only on products quality but also on everything that lies behind the products. Sustainability is a serious word, but over-used. For this reason, we must always remember that Italian textile companies have adopted sustainability for many years. Therefore, we are ready to face this challenge, talking about chain, being aware that this is an important tool to deal with markets, however it has to be well managed”.

Ercole Botto – president of Milano Unica – delivered his speech on the same wavelength: “To those people who ask me if we will talk about sustainability at Milano Unica, I usually answer with the same words pronounced here by Carlo Piacenza: Milano Unica does not talk about sustainability, but tries to realize it”.

In his message to Filo, Ivan Scalfarotto, undersecretary of State for Economic Development, also stressed that: “Sustainability is one of the cornerstones through which we can spread the excellence of Italian yarns. It is already common awareness that corporate social responsibility is one of the factor for products success. A product created according to standards and environmental values meets a higher favour by consumers, especially in the crucial segment represented by Millennials. As well as circular economy and low impact on ecosystem represent a categorical imperative, especially for the West”.

The desire to put in closer contact the chains linked to textile industry was also affirmed by Alessandro Zucchi, president of Acimit (Italian association of textile machinery). In his speech, Zucchi presented the initiatives of his association in order to make sustainability a business model. “The same clients are asking for machines that allow them to stand out from their competitors”. In particular, Acimit Targa verde is focused on machine’s performances, underlying energy and raw materials’ consumption during use. It indeed makes possible to certify the improvement of machine’s performance (a ‘third part’ ensures product’s specifications); it is possible also to measure the environmental impact of the machine through carbon footprint assessment and to communicate to the client the commitment of the producer towards cost reduction.

The initiatives on sustainability in the textile-apparel industry were presented by Andrea Crespi, president of the Commission for sustainability of Sistema Moda Italia: ‘In order to make a true sustainability, we cannot overlook the necessary cooperation between upstream and downstream. Therefore, our main goal as a Commission is to outline guidelines for creating sustainable and excellent products along the entire supply chain. We should also widespread the awareness that environmental impact of a product depends mainly on ‘how’ it is done and less on ‘what has been used to do it’. In this sense, Italian textile and apparel firms have the right and the obligation to make people understand the value of what they produce”. Roberta Ianna, from the Ministry for Environment, explained the measures launched by the government for environmental qualification of products through the acceptance of Made Green in Italy Strategy. While Francesco Laera, from European Commission’s office in Milan, outlined a general view of European directives and projects as far as environmental protection is concerned.

Biella, 11 october 2017

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