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Settembre 2013: sotto i riflettori di Milano Unica le aziende sostenibili
Posted by Aurora Magni on 03/06/2013 - 2 commenti - view count: 3142
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La XVII edizione di Milano Unica  che avrà luogo dal 10 al 12 settembre 2013  presso la Fiera Milano City, dedicherà particolare attenzione alle proposte Autunno/inverno 2014/15 ispirate da logiche progettuali e produttive di sostenibilità. In un momento in cui la moda è chiamata in causa su temi di responsabilità sociale, assume un significato importante valorizzare  le imprese che operano nel rispetto dell’ambiente e delle persone.

E’ tempo che le imprese italiane ed europee produttrici dei migliori tessuti e accessori del mondo rivendichino la loro leadership anche rispetto il contenuto etico ed ecologico delle loro produzioni.

 Sono infatti sempre più numerose le aziende italiane  che privilegiano materie prime da fonti rinnovabili o da riciclo, che  adottano tecnologie e processi a minor impatto ambientale e che si fanno carico di iniziative di solidarietà sociale.  Che si facciano riconoscere!

Le aziende che hanno storie di sostenibilità da raccontare e prodotti da mostrare saranno evidenziate in un apposito catalogo che, come nel corso dell’ultima edizione sarà distribuito durante la fiera e consultabile su www.sustainability-lab.net.

Per iscriversi o semplicemente saperne di più https://www.sustainability-lab.net/it/groups/catalogo-tessuti-e-accessori.aspx


  
Posted by Aurora Magni on 03/06/2013
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By renato ferrari on 04/06/2013 18:04
come si puo' non essere d'accordo con la sostenibilita'..il problema e' che tutti i giorni e' una lotta per andare avanti..e' un po' come la trottola che se gira sta in piedi..non ti puoi fermare..vorresti poter dedicare tempo e risorse anche a progetti di sostenibilita' ..bisogna fare squadra


renato ferrari


By Redazione Blumine on 05/06/2013 10:16
Riportiamo il testo di un'intervista rilasciata dal presidente Silvio Albini avente per tema la sostenibilità e pubblicata dalla newsletter della Fiera di Francoforte (http://m.messefrankfurt.com/texpertise//frankfurt/en/besucher/newsletter/02-2013/country_profile_italy.html)
Silvio Albini: Increase in consumer awareness is essential for growth in the green market

Silvio Albini is one of the Italian entrepreneurs in the textile sector who has succeeded in communicating his passion for the business and, in particular, a clear vision for his country’s industry and his group. Over the last 20 years, the Albini Group – has grown from one to eight production sites despite a significant trend in the other direction. Silvio Albini’s mission: “To make the world’s finest shirt fabrics”. To this end, he relies on excellence and innovation as the key elements in all strategic business decisions.

Mr Albini, the Albini Group has grown and thrived during your entrepreneurial career and has invested in quality brands, such as Thomas Mason and Cotonificio Albini. What are your goals?
My goal is to make the world’s finest shirt fabrics – that is the mission of my company and my family. In this connection, I must add that my family helps me achieve my second goal, namely to take my company successfully into the sixth generation and to forge ahead with the family project.

What does the sustainability concept consist of for you and your companies?
It is an extremely comprehensive concept that has its roots in our employees and our region. For us, it is essential we ensure that the people who work for us enjoy the best possible working conditions. Moreover, our links to the region are fundamental and we want to extend them assuming social and environmental responsibility.
Today, a CEO must aim to achieve more than just the creation of the greatest possible shareholder value. This concept has been shown to have many limits.
The company must promote the development and prosperity of the society in which it operates. These principles are deeply rooted in my company and my family. We act on the basis of a long-term vision and are in no way dependent on short-term financial results.

As the president of a major Italian textile fair, you recently published a catalogue with sustainable textiles, the second edition of which will appear soon. Why did you embark on this project?
The main aim of this project is to draw the attention of the delivery chain, professional buyers and, in the last analysis, consumers to the sustainability concept. This is very important because, unfortunately, the market for sustainable textiles is still just a very small niche. I would say that an increase in consumer awareness of this subject is essential for growth in this market segment. In my opinion, consumers have a great responsibility for the expansion of this market because they can exert more pressure on companies by explicitly demanding more sustainable products.

Which initiatives and activities do you want to engage in apart from this catalogue?
I believe that consumers have a greater responsibility. So far, they have not given any sign that they are particularly interested in more sustainable products.
From an industrial point of view, sustainability has been the subject of great attention, not least because national and European regulations are very strict. Hence, companies must take due account of these aspects. One aspect in which Italian companies are, perhaps, rather lax is certification. Good work has been done but the formal aspects are somewhat neglected.

All companies of your group focus on innovation. Recently, you said you want to elevate cotton spinning in Italy to the highest level. To what extent are innovation and sustainability complementary and overlapping? To what extent are they mutually exclusive?
I thank that innovation and sustainability may not and should not be mutually exclusive. Today, if an innovation does not embrace sustainability principles, it cannot be a good innovation.

In your opinion, which products and / or manufacturers of the Italian textile industry are leaders in terms of sustainable innovations?
Products based on natural fibres, incidentally, a field in which we can also do some outstanding work: cotton, wool, silk. The companies of our group that use these fibres necessarily take account of sustainability principles otherwise we would have no chance in the market. As I said, the regulations are strict and the controls very exact and rigid. Even if a company did not want to produce along sustainable lines, it would nevertheless have to take account of these aspects.

What is your vision of the Italian textile industry in the next ten to 20 years? What role will sustainability play overall?
It is very difficult to answer this question because the prognoses for even one year can be very uncertain! At all events, I think the future of the Italian textile industry must be oriented towards excellence and sophistication. Additionally, I believe the industry should build its strategy on the values and key aspects on which it has been based for many years: innovation, quality, service, fast reactions and upgrading the brands themselves. Only if we continue to pursue this strategy in the coming decades will we be able to achieve sustainability from an economic point of view.




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