Sustainability is one of the most debated issues in recent years. Today it is increasingly important to apply this concept also to the textile industry: among the most polluting sectors in the world with emissions of 1.7 billion tons of CO2 per year, the textile impacts on the environment both for production and for disposal.
According to forecasts, clothing requirements will increase from 62 million tonnes in 2015 to 102 million tonnes in 2030. Faced with these data, the textile sector must be increasingly committed, intervening on the environmental impact of the processes to create an increasingly ethical and sustainable industry.
Creating regenerated fabrics greatly reduces pollution: less waste, less environmental impact, less resource exploitation and greater environmental benefits.
One of the most polluting sectors in the world
- Waste disposal
- CO2 emissions
- Water consumption
- Energy consumption
How to reduce the environmental impact
Using recycled raw materials
- Less waste
- Less exploitation of resources
- Reduction of environmental impact
Towards a more sustainable world
- CO2 emissions: <95%
- Chemicals: <90%
- Water consumption: <90%
- Energy consumption: <77%
With the production of regenerated fabrics, CO2 production is reduced by 95%, and water consumption by 90%, energy consumption by 77% and chemical products by 90%.
Menchi: the commitment to sustainability
The need to leave the new generations a better world is an integral part of Menchi’s distinctive values. Today the goal is to combine quality and sustainability using recycled raw materials mixed with virgin raw materials to create fabrics that go beyond the time value of fashion. In the concept of “timeless fabrics” lies the idea of encouraging people towards a more conscious and sustainable consumption: a lifestyle-oriented to quality and not quantity. A garment made with regenerated textile fibre maintains the same quality characteristics as the original product.
Menchi is continuously committed to obtaining certifications that guarantee the respect of ethical and environmental standards, helping to make the textile industry increasingly sustainable.
Following the tradition of the district of Prato, Menchi begins to recycle waste. The company introduces the theme of sustainability, unaware of the importance it would have taken in the textile world.
Menchi signs the Chemical Management protocol 4sustainability®. In the same year, it begins to market wool and cashmere regenerated.
The company obtains GRS, RWS and Cardato recycled certifications.
Menchi gets the membership of the BCI project.
Menchi obtains GOTS certification.
One of the main problems for the textile industry is the use of chemicals during the manufacturing process, so it is necessary to limit their use. In 2014 Menchi decided to sign Protocol 4sustainability® with the aim of eliminating dangerous or harmful chemicals within the production cycle. The 4S protocol, in line with the ZDHC approach, provides for:
- the division of raw material suppliers from contractors with the identification of chemical risk categories;
- adoption of the PRSL 4sustainability® (Product Restricted Substances List) which sets limits to the presence of chemicals in the finished product;
- adoption of the MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) ZDHC (www.roadmaptozero.com) and its sharing with processing;
- training of the staff involved;
- the creation of a management system that guarantees the traceability of its supply chain;
- the monitoring and control of its supply chain.
The current implementation level of Menchi is ADVANCED, with a percentage of 83%. You can view details on our e-report.
01. Raw material
03. Waste collection
04. Division of waste by quality and colour
05. Transformation of waste into raw material
Zero Waste: towards a more sustainable world
Textile waste disposal is one of the most common problems in this sector. “Zero waste” is the project that Menchi is committed to carry out, recovering the waste from processing and transforming them into regenerated fabrics. Since the 80s, the company cooperates with a trusted collaborator to ensure high-quality standards in the recovery of waste and regenerated fibres.
All weaving, warping and finishing waste are selected and divided by quality and colour. The city of Prato has been the leader for centuries in this process, which even today allows to maintain a high quality of the raw material and avoids dyeing it again.