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The 52nd edition of Filo: the sustainability according to FiloFlow

The 52nd edition of Filo: the sustainability according to FiloFlow

The success that FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo, has collected among the exhibiting companies of the 52nd edition, is beyond any expectation. FiloFlow, that has been launched last spring, is a long term project of supply chain tracking. Its primary objective is highlighting and enhancing production’s processes and sustainable products carried out by Filo’s exhibitors.

The first results of FiloFlow have been presented today during the first day of the 52nd edition of Filo, which will be held tomorrow at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan. The results outline a reassuring situation of the awareness of the exhibiting companies in relation to a theme that is increasingly at the core of the attention of the world public opinion: globally, this is proven by the UN’s Climate Action Summit that has just been carried out in New York; as far as Italy is concerned, to stay in the city which hosts Filo, it is proven by the Milan Green Week, which is held in these days and which aims at implicating citizens to make the city greener and more sustainable.

Therefore, if consumers and markets are increasingly looking for a ‘sustainable fashion’, the companies which exhibit at Filo are ready to do their part and to meet to these needs, being aware that sustainability could be built just implicating the whole supply chain.
The percentage of exhibitors that participated in FiloFlow project accounts for 35%, whose 82% uses also raw materials coming from recycling, before and after the consumption, biomaterials. From the perspective of supply chain traceability, 96% uses raw materials of certified origin. 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. 81% of the companies declare to consume less energy compared to the past, especially electricity (95%) but also gas (25%). These data are clearly positive, but just 22% of the companies have a plant for heat recovery and just 40% of the companies have an energy plant from renewable companies: it is clear that there’s a lot to improve in this sense. 75% of the companies have reduced water consumption. Chemical management is something related particularly to dyeing mills: among the ones that participated in FiloFlow, 92% gained a certification. 68% of the companies pursued a new approach bringing them to re-use or recycle internally production waste; 72% of them re-sell them to other manufacturing activities.
From the social-ethic perspective, 75% of the companies have introduced a continuous training plan for employees; 40% has a satisfaction measurement system for employees and 61% carried out their own welfare system.
Lot of attention is given to providers too: 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 a responsible for sustainability.
Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, declares that: ‘We are really satisfied with the results con the first phase of FiloFlow. Subscriptions have gone beyond our expectations, by implicating Italian and foreign exhibitors. As far as contents are concerned, data show how our companies are already aware of the centrality that ‘sustainability’ has for the future of textile-apparel industry. It is important to highlight also the initiative that exhibiting companies launched to improve the conditions of working and the wellness of their employees, consolidating a long tradition of some reality of Italian entrepreneurs. Once more, Filo shows to be a fair which proposes yarns’ excellence, not just as far as quality and innovation are concerned, but also in relation to sustainability’.

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