Fashion is, in fact, one of the sectors that most uses our planet’s natural and human resources and, for this reason, it increasingly needs a renewal in raw materials and production processes. The topic is complex since sustainability concerns many production aspects, many components of finished goods and not just materials for uppers and soles, as we tend to think. Shoes and bags are, in fact, difficult to dispose of at the end of their life cycle and, for this reason, greater attention must be paid to the design of these products, trying to integrate sustainable materials within the entire production process.
Centro Accessori S.p.A., a company located in the Marche region that has been engaging for 40 years in the supply of materials and accessories for footwear and leather goods, wants to inspire its partners and demonstrate that fashion can be sustainable when it comes to raw materials and finished products and that it can be at the centre of a circular economy with reduced environmental impact. The company is at the forefront in this market segment and has developed the first and most complete collection of eco-sustainable materials in the sector: its Research and Development office has, in fact, been engaged for over a year in the creation of components, processes and innovative accessories, which are able to meet the needs of those who want to produce leather goods and footwear following the dictates of sustainability. Furthermore, the collaboration with international start-ups allows the company to explore and develop new creative sustainable opportunities for the fashion industry.
The “Conscious Collection” presented during the Lineapelle AW20-21 edition is the result of this work and provides the company’s partners with a wide range of articles that respect the main sustainability issues: Recycling and Recyclability, Biodegradability, Biological Standards. With this collection, Centro Accessori supports the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the UN and to be completed by 2030. The range of items available is very wide and includes: reinforcement material, fabrics for strobel processing, upholstery, ecological adhesives, zippers, elastic ribbons, laces, natural products for leather finishing, packaging materials, ribbons, trimmings, piping, non-slip fabrics. These articles are available in biodegradable, recycled or organic/natural versions.
The materials offered as an alternative to synthetic fabrics and leather are, however, the real flagship of the “Conscious Collection”: fabrics and nets from entirely recycled yarns, fabrics based on natural fibers from organic farming, 100% biodegradable fabrics, synthetics based on bamboo, cactus, apple, recycled leather and leaves, usable as leather substitutes for bags, uppers and shoe linings. Centro Accessori also offers many recycled materials for the production of customized accessories, suitable for replacing raw materials such as plastic and metals, as well as sustainable processes applicable to its partners’ products: silk-screen printing with vegetable-based inks, embroidery with recycled yarns, prints with non-toxic inks, dyes with natural pigments.
“The aim of our work – says Alessio Castricini, Centro Accessori’s Business Development Manager – is to provide our customers with innovative solutions and materials, supporting them in the design and production phases of their products on a global scale. For this reason, we have been the first in the sector to translate the eco-sustainability theme into tangible, ready-to-use materials, processes and accessories that allow our partners to simplify and accelerate their transition towards sustainable production pursued by the whole fashion industry.”