The latter is highly important because without investments it is not possible to systematically manage a sustainable project. This is why Grassi 1925 invests about 5% of its profits every year in Research and Development and also to develop sustainable projects and innovations.
When speaking of sustainability, there are three different yet closely-related aspects that always need to be evaluated: product/process sustainability, environmental sustainability and economic sustainability.
Certifications: product and process sustainability
Some of the certifications obtained in recent years involve the environmental aspect more directly. One of these includes STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® that ensures high product safety for consumers and raises companies’ awareness of the responsible use of chemicals. In 2016, we also obtained the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification which instead ensures a more sustainable production starting from the spinning process to the finished product, right through to the logistics phase and human resources.
Among the most recent, we mention ISO 14067 (Product Carbon Footprint) which allows us to quantify the CFP of our products in order to implement Carbon Management policies and promote products and solutions with lower CO2 emissions.
Year after year, we have increased the number of certifications obtained because we think this is a tangible expression of our way of doing business, because not only “what we do” is important but also “how we do it”!
Environmental sustainability projects
When we design and produce a garment we cannot fail to also consider its “end of life”. In the case of very technical garments, it may be difficult to use recyclable fabrics and accessories, because they must be able to guarantee high parameters in terms of safety and protection. For this reason we are studying different solutions for the disposal of the clothing we produce.
In this journey we have understood that a guarantee of success for these projects is the collaboration of the entire supply chain and the traceability of the fabrics and all the components of our clothing items. For this reason we are thrilled to be part of Trick, a project that is part of the European Horizon 2020 program and which aims to provide SMEs in the textile sector with a complete, reliable, affordable and standardized digital platform, which can encourage a sustainable and circular approach.
In addition to these projects, environmental sustainability also means to us the 6,450,000 kW of energy produced thanks to the photovoltaic panels that entirely cover the roof of our company in Lonate Pozzolo and those installed in the fields in Romania, the images of which can be seen below.