Lanificio Bigagli wants to reduce chemicalsThe textile company is determined to merge manufacturing needs with the essential values of environmental sustainability
Since 2011, a photovoltaic system able to produce about 50% of the company’s energy requirements has been operating in Lanificio Bigagli’s manufacturing plant in Montemurlo, enabling a noticeable reduction in CO2 emissions. A choice inspired by a corporate philosophy characterised by a deep sense of responsibility towards the environment.
Nowadays the sustainability issue - that is, making responsible choices that do not jeopardize the chances of future generations - deeply concerns not only citizens and the media, but also footwear brands, which want to increasingly limit the presence of chemicals in the finished product, with standards that are even more restrictive than current regulations.
This is why Lanificio Bigagli, founded in 1973 in Montemurlo (Prato), one of the most advanced companies in the manufacture of felts and fabrics destined to footwear and leather goods within Prato’s textile district, has been looking for solutions able to improve environmental performances for a long time, reaching also increasingly high levels of service and quality.
Therefore, the company management has decided to face the risk linked to the use of hazardous chemicals in a systematic way, integrating some specific activities and controls aimed at reducing the presence of such substances both in the processing and in the finished fabric into the production cycles.
Precisely, because it really wants to reach this goal, it has built, together with its partner 4sustainability®, a structured protocol that aims at steering also raw material suppliers and third party processing towards recognised levels of containment and safeguard.
The project aims at integrating sustainability values, and in particular the limitation of chemicals, into Lanificio Bigagli’s managerial choices and market strategies.
In particular, these are the Lanificio’s goals:
- map the production chain, identifying categories of definite chemical risk;
- make a PRSL (Product Restricted Substances List), in which the limits to the presence of chemicals in the finished product are indicated;
- identify a reference MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List), to be shared with external processing;
- train the staff involved;
- finally, collect information in management systems in order to ensure traceability and make a statistical sampling plan through tests based on risk evaluation.