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SUSTAINABILITY FOR l’Opificio

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SUSTAINABILITY FOR l’Opificio

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HOW WE DO BUSINESS

OUR SUSTAINABILITY POLICY – THINK GLOBAL ACT LOCAL

SUSTAINABILITY FOR l’Opificio
- Environmental aspects of sustainability management
- Economical aspects of sustainability management
- Social aspects of sustainability management

OUR APPROACH TO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
- OUR RAW MATERIALS
- WASTE
- PACKAGING

CHEMICALS AT l’Opificio
- TEXTILES WITHOUT FORMALDEHYDE
- SBS – SICK BUILDING SYNDROME

ENVIRONMENTAL CAPITAL
- ENERGY
- WATER AND WATER STEWARDSHIP

HUMAN AND INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL
- GENDER EQUALITY
- PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND TRAINING ON THE JOB
- LIFE BALANCE

 

HOW WE DO BUSINESS
l’Opificio operates in the textile sector, it is a manufacturing activity that works highly valuable threads continuing an antique tradition standing out from competitors for its unique long-lasting products of high quality.

l’Opificio select the best yarns from which arise refined velvets and jacquard fabrics entirely made in Italy as they are designed and produced in house as well as sophisticated soft-furnishing home couture.

The production process covers all steps and guarantees fabric, velvet and home couture quality 100% Made in Italy.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY POLICY – THINK GLOBAL ACT LOCAL
We are aware of our role and we work daily with a glimpse to the future. This is the reason why we recognise some of the objective of the ONU Agenda2030.

The SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals – touched by our activity according to our view are:
5. Gender Equality;

6. Clean Water and Sanitation;

6.3.1 percentage of treated waste water;

6.4.1 variation of water efficiency over time;

7. Clean Energy;

7.2.1 renewable energy consumption;

7.3.1 energy intensity;

8. decent work and economic growth;

8.8 protection of workers’ rights and promotion of safe and secure environmental working areas;

12. Responsible consumption and  production;

12.4.2 per capita dangerous waste and percentage of treated dangerous waste, per typology of treatment;

12.5 By 2030 reduce substantially waste creation through prevention, recycle and reuse.

SUSTAINABILITY FOR L’OPIFICIO

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Since inception , l’Opificio has believed in the importance to design and propose sustainable products.
 
As a company it has always chosen to not compromise and to demonstrate that high-end beautiful textiles can be produced fully respecting the human being and the environment.
 
l’Opificio effort with respect to sustainability has been developed along different directives which go from the choice to propose furnishing fabrics and velvets without formaldehyde or heavy metals, to the reduction of waste, to gender equality, to the continuous employee training.
 
    - The environmental aspects of sustainability management In the environmental area the substantial aspects of sustainability management are

Logistic processes with zero impact. Production chain at Km0
It is a company feature to have within the company itself the entire production chain. This doesn’t only offer a competitive advantage and a better control on quality, but also a considerable reduction in consumption, packaging and of the emissions derived from a logistic internal to the process.
 

Natural raw materials of a superior quality

An enormous source of pride for the company are the raw materials. Natural and of superior quality they are used during the production process and allow to create a unique timeless product always appraised and respected by our clientele

A circular approach to operation management

An aspect that during the last years has become more relevant, but that has long gone historical foundation is the circular approach to operation management. For circular approach we intend an efficient use of resources as raw materials, waste, but also the production of long-lasting products of superior quality.
 
Efficient use of energy

The company has always been committed to an efficient use of energy to hinder waste and has attract interest among its employees on the matter.
 

Management and appreciation of textile waste and scrap

Management and appreciation of textile waste is of paramount importance. As the company has to maintain the highest quality standards it cannot re-use scrap textile, but to respect the policy implemented it has developed a network of companies downstream of the production process that professionally reuse and recycle this type of product


   - Economical aspect of sustainability management
In the economical and governance areas the main aspects of sustainability management are:

Product health and safety

The company has always had the healthiness of the product at the core of its activity, even beyond the legal regulations, for its employees and the final clients. Since inception the company has totally excluded the use of formaldehyde in the production process.

Durability of a long-lasting product

Product durability has a double nature. It doesn’t represent the interest of the user for a long-lasting product which maintain its value with the use, it is also characterizes and differentiates the company.

Waste reduction

Sustainability means also to reduce to a minimum possible any kind of waste. l’Opificio deals with this aspect from several points of view among which:

All offices have large window to enjoy, during all the yearlong, of natural light, reducing the use of artificial light and therefore energy consumption

For all those who don’t need a fix computer (a part for example creative dept and graphic dept) the company has introduced lap-tops. This allows to lower energy consumption and guarantees a more flexible

All employees have been made aware to print documents only when necessary. Creating an easy to access digital archive, we have substantially reduced the use of paper.

   - The social aspects of sustainability management
In the social area of sustainability management, the relevant aspects are:

Employee commitment

Employee commitment and participation is vital and one of the key priorities of the company, especially as l’Opificio offers craft products that require employees with expertise and knowledge, with a critical and creative thinking as well as a great sense for beauty.  These are skills that cannot be easily objective quantifiable, but that are “subjectively” perceived expressed as being part of something.

Gender Equality

Gender equality is a main objective of l’Opificio. In fact, employees are indiscriminately selected and there is no activity precluded to one or the other sex.

Company Integration in the Community

l’Opificio has given and gives work to the community insuring wealth to the territory, but further more with its artisanal vision of the work, it values the expertise available in the community and has created new ones.

Professional Training, training on the Job and Human enhancement

For the company it is paramount to guarantee the quality standards and the wellbeing of our employees as well as their continuous training and their personal enhancement.
It is important that employees are trained by the company especially at the beginning of their activity, when the company present the full production process to help the employee to better evaluate all possible critical aspects of every department and to support a team spirit, maintaining a harmonic working environment within the company.

OUR APPROACH TO THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

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Creating a jacquard fabric or a velvet means that we are going to use resources like raw material, energy and water. It is for this reason that we consider extremely important to respect our planet, reducing waste to the minimum possible. Often paying attention to waste is almost good sense and a way of life that we will find also in a working environment.

l’Opificio has always shared the concept of circular economy based on a production model and consumerism that looks at re-conditioning and re-cycling of materials and existing products and furthermore to produce long-lasting products. With this respect the company has worked to enhance the life cycle of the product as long as possible starting with the highest quality possible that assures a long durability.

Each textile waste follows a specific procedure to reduce waste to a minimum. Textile waste coming directly from the production process and the production of “second choice” are sold to companies that use these scraps as row material, whilst what can not be recoverable is directly wasted by a dedicated company.

Furthermore, l’Opificio has chosen to:

- Accurately plan availability of all fabrics/velvets avoiding stockpile in excess

- To design product models for the home couture collection using at maximum the textile width to avoid textile remains

 - To create long-lasting collections in terms of quality and style, avoiding catalogue changes that would result in textile scraps

 - To increase quality controls to avoid returns

 - To re-use, leftovers of fabrics and/or velvets from the home couture collections for samplings and cuttings

 - To re-use leftovers of fabric and/or velvets from the home couture collections to prepare small textile gadgets

 - Collaborate with charities that use textile leftovers for small handmade products

Each solution indicated above aims to give a second life to textile scraps, which otherwise would be just wasted.

OUR RAW MATERIALS


l’Opificio uses only superb quality raw material and for the making of most of our products uses highly valuable natural fibres alike silk, cotton, linen, wool and cashmere.

High quality depends on the huge effort in research of the raw materials and then on the skilled production process that often requires a long manufacturing time. This latter guarantees a respectful management of the natural fibre, worked with artisanal skills according to the requirement of the client.

WASTE
Since ever l’Opificio pays particular attention to reduce waste and scraps. Each scrap resulting from a production process has its path along with the circular economy. Threads, small rolls and testana are sold to companies that reuse them, whilst the mixt scraps are correctly wasted as textile waste.

Fabrics and/or velvets remains from the home couture collection, are used to create samplings, cuttings, small gadget and donated to charities that use them for small handmade products in therapeutical or rehabilitation centres.

Thanks to an internal logistic we have reduced the use of packaging normally required from one production phase to the other.

PACKAGING
For transport the company has chosen to use high quality resistant packaging. This is required as the product needs to be handled with car. By doing so packaging waste has been reduced to a minimum and because of the high quality of the boxes they can be reused this happening often by our clients too.
With respect to small packages, the company uses already certified recycled and recyclable packaging

CHEMICALS AT l’Opificio

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The use of chemicals and colourants within the company are a secondary input and a support to respond to the clientele requests and guarantee the exact tone requested and to maintain -during the time- the textile consistency.
 
When using chemical products, l’Opificio is responsible and compliant, managing products that guarantee the best result, safety and security to the employees during the working process and health for the final user who will enjoy the final product for a long time. Chemicals are correctly wasted with the treated waste water coming from the dyeing department thanks to an active-muds system that allows the elimination of the small quantity of pollutants present cleaning up the water used during the production process.
 
TEXTILE WITHOUT FORMALDEHYDE

l’Opificio textiles do not contain formaldehyde or any other kind of toxic substances.

This as we believe in the strength of an ethical and responsible craftmanship.

We proof that you don’t need any toxic substances to make the textiles smooth, vivid, strong and beautiful.

Formaldehyde is the simplest aldehyde, it is a chemical formula CH2O or HCHO, and its CAS number is 50-00-0. In 37% aqueous solution is commercially called formalin. In these terms it can be confused with the generic definition of a chemical commonly used substance: in fact, it is for domestic use but with a very high rate of toxicity by contact and inhalation.

The International fellowships for cancer research, the IARC, have included it in the list of carcinogenic substances since 2004: the exposure to large quantities of formaldehyde is in fact potentially lethal.

For the reasons that we have just talked about we could think that the formaldehyde is banned from the commerce but unfortunately it isn’t. By law, using this substance is not allowed in great measure but the use in low dosages is permitted, so the danger for health is not reset.

It is used as a potent bactericidal in household disinfectants and in many products as glues, resins, solvents, insulating foams, in food preservative and (unbeknown of consumers) also in the textile production where it is employed to improve the dimensional stability and the crease resistance neglecting its harmful effects.
 
SBS- SICK BUILDING SYNDROME
To use textiles for interiors without any formaldehyde reduces the risk of “SBS – Sick Building Syndrome”, the illness depending from the quality of the inside air of a space. There are many different records about this illness one of which is the “outgassing” which means the emission from some materials, among which also the ones derived form textiles used for sofas and interiors, normally using formaldehyde..

ENVIRONMENTAL CAPITAL

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ENERGY

The use of energy is fundamental for the production of textiles during the different phases of the process.

The company, for a conscious use of energy, has verified the energy supply chain which daily guarantees the functioning of its production processes, highlighting that part of the energy used derives from sustainable sources, the remaining from natural gas, which among the different sources is on of the less impacting on the environment.

Energy derived from sustainable resources comes from natural and unlimited resource, as they can auto-produce themselves. These resources contribute greatly to the protection of the environment and the health of the human being and are used to produce energy instead of the fossil fuel.
 
WATER AND WATER STEWARDSHIP
For l’Opificio water stewardship remains a priority as the company policy recognise the importance of its correct use in terms of quantity and treatment in order to avoid waste.
l’Opificio operates according to the principles of a responsible and sustainable use of water and is currently studying systems to reduce direct and in-direct water consumption even re-using it in more than one production cycle.

HUMAN AND INTELLECTUAL RESOURCES

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l’Opificio

considers its employees and collaborators a fundamental asset as carriers of values and competitor advantage for the company. Therefore, the company considers human resources policy as a strategic vital instrument.

In this regard it pursues employee development and retention of knowledge (with continuing training, inclusion and coaching) and maintains a high level of motivation. Moreover, l’Opificio gives particular priority to safety and security at work.

GENDER EQUALITY
l’Opificio since its inception has sustained Gender Equality and in fact, 95% of the employees are women. It is a company that well understands women requirements and has accordingly organised the work that properly balances professional and private life offering for example, flexible working hours and part-time on one side and employee well-being and health on the other.

To be responsible towards the community, for an entrepreneur, means to support work, balance and social growth.

l’Opificio, even during time of difficulties, as the latter one caused by the pandemic, has implemented all strategies needed to search for new markets of export to continue to guarantee the actual employment level.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND TRAINING ON THE JOB
l’Opificio values the persons, to whom it recognises suitable role and decisional space.

It is for this reason that the company offers to its employees the possibility to maintain up-to-date their skills and knowledge through on-line and off-line training in their sector of competence.

The company believes in acknowledging employees’ skills and in the added value granted to the Brand. It is through these skills that the company guarantees to its clients a high-quality product and service.

In order to continuously develop, enhance and better our product and service that company has invested in the company culture based on team work, training and coaching.

LIFE BALANCE
Professional life and private life find a balance within l’Opificio. Our working policy is oriented to a life-balance to support employees in their organisation of working and private activities further facilitated by the fact that the employees live in the neighbours of the company.