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The 52nd edition of Filo: FiloFlow’s results have been shown

The 52nd edition of Filo: FiloFlow’s results have been shown

The first results of FiloFlow have been presented today at Filo, during the workshop ‘Sustainability: a virtuous process’.

Why FiloFlow
The issue of sustainability and contrast to climate change is at the centre of the attention worldwide. Just say that the UN’s Climate Action Summit that has just been carried out in New York, aiming at giving concrete actions to face this issue.
In this context, the attention to sustainability has become an essential condition for the companies belonging to textile-apparel industry to establish in international markets. By the way, the companies exhibiting at Filo have already shown for some years a particular awareness of this theme, introducing working processes which reduce the impact on the environment.
Filo – as per its mission of Exhibition oriented to concreteness, professionalism and efficacy – has then decided, during last spring, to launch its sustainability’s project FiloFlow, just to enable exhibitors to highlight the actions they have implemented towards sustainable production processes and products.

FiloFlow’s objectives
FiloFlow is a long-term project of supply chain tracking, aiming at enhancing and increasing the awareness of the companies towards the creation of sustainable production and products, in relation to both environmental and social-ethic profile.

The path
The exhibiting companies received a questionnaire, purposefully studied, containing questions about the company, raw materials that are used, supply chain traceability, energy consumption, chemical management, waste management, environmental monitoring, gained certifications and the implication in social-ethic activities.
The participation in the project of the companies has been on a voluntary basis and based on the self-certification.
The companies which meet the criteria detected by Filo received the FiloFlow logo, which makes them immediately recognizable, among the stands and in the catalogue of the fair; within the Trend Area, it is shown the logo FiloFlow with the list of the companies that participated and a video with the results of the project.

The results are significant and beyond any expectation, both for the number of subscription and for the contents.

The companies with FiloFlow brand
35% of the companies exhibiting at the 52nd edition of Filo participated in FiloFlow; indeed, all 101 companies which exhibited in the edition of September 2019 have been invited to participate. The participants: 35 companies, 28 Italian ones and 7 foreign ones. In particular, 23 spinning mills (66%), 7 spinning and dyeing mills (22%) and 5 dyeing mills (10%). It is important to highlight that 82% of the production is carried out in Italy.

Raw materials and traceability
82% of the companies participating in FiloFlow use also raw materials coming from recycling, before and after the consumption and biomaterials. 96% uses raw materials of certified origin, while 86% of the companies have a certification or have developed a program of traceability of their supply chain.

Energy savings
81% of the companies over the last year purchased (or decided to purchase) new machinery which reduce energy or water consumption and the environmental impact in general.
Compared to the past, 81% of the companies declare to consume less energy.
24% of the companies have a plant of cogeneration and/or for heat recovery.
39% of the companies have an energy plant from renewable energies.
But only 22% of the companies have a plant for heat recovery and only 40% of the companies have an energy plant from renewable energies: it is clear that there’s a lot to improve in this sense, which could be encouraged by favourable policies.
75% of the companies have reduced water consumption compared to the past.

68% of the companies participating in FiloFlow use or recycle internally production waste of their own production cycle. 72% of them re-sell it to other manufacturing activities.

Chemical management
The question concerning chemical management was something related particularly to dyeing mills: among the ones that participated in FiloFlow, 92% gained a certification in this scope or pursued a program of chemical management.

Social-ethic perspective
75% of the companies have introduced a continuous training plan for employees (not for managers) which go beyond the provisions of law. 40% of the companies have a satisfaction measurement system for employees and 61% carried out their own welfare system dedicated to their employees.
79% of the companies set a system of certification and monitoring of their suppliers, whose 82% is based on indicators that have been shared by the same providers.
89% of the companies appointed an internal responsible for sustainability.

Environmental perspective
44% of the companies have an environmental certification of their own production process or of their products.
74% of the companies don’t have any environmental certification but they have set a monitoring system of emissions and/or discharges.

FiloFlow project is not ending with the 52nd edition, but it continues its path during the next Filo editions.

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