Favini’s path of sustainable development continues
Posted in Sustainability Channel
Favini’s path of sustainable development is characterized by both product and process innovations. The aim is to reduce environmental impact and to develop new products which follow a circular economy model.
2019 was the year of the launch of a new range of ecological papers: Refit.
Favini’s experience in the creative re-use of innovative raw materials for the production of eco-sustainable papers started in the 1990s with Shiro Alga Carta and was patented in the years when there was not much interest about upcycling materials. The offer of ecological papers was developed further in 2012 with Crush, produced with 15% of agri-industrial by-products, in 2015 with Remake, containing 25% of leather processing residues, and finally in 2019 with Refit, with 15% of textile residues of wool and cotton.
The key aspect that unites these papers with a strong green connotation is the application of circular economy principles for their production.
The new Refit paper, produced with wool and cotton textile fibres, is a real example of industrial symbiosis between paper and textile industries as it enhances industrial by-products between sectors within an ethical supply chain.
From the single concept of circular economy, two versions of Refit have been created: Wool, made of 15% fibre deriving from the by-products of wool spinning and carding and Cotton, made of 15% fibre deriving from the by-products from spinning and weaving of cotton.
Both versions of the new Refit range include more than 15% fibre derived from textile by-products, 40% post-consumer recycled cellulose and 45% virgin cellulose fibre.
Favini in Green Numbers: Reduction of consumption and projects for environmental sustainability
Favini is committed to sustainability in the development of its products as well as in the search for new ecological materials, both are united with the aim of reduction in environmental impact.
Monitoring the path of Favini’s sustainable development, undertaken since 2009, highlights the benefits of multiple actions: The reduction of energy consumption; the saving of water resources and a lower environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions. In addition to these aspects it highlights the attention and research for certified and sustainable raw materials, as well as the commitment to a multi-year project in respect of reforestation programmes in Madagascar combined with linked programme of educational support for the population in Madagascar.
In particular, the latest data collected in 2018 indicates an improvement in several areas: from water consumption to CO2 emissions and reduction in energy consumption.
Since it began following path of sustainable development, Favini’s water consumption has been reduced by 40% (2009-2018 period) thanks to the implementation of a closed-loop water system that allows for the reuse of water, where possible.
Favini is involved in monitoring and reducing the emissions associated with its production activities. Since 2009, CO2 emissions have reduced by 21% meaning that 4,920 t/CO2 eq avoided thanks to the self-production of hydroelectric energy.
Moreover, through continuous investments in energy efficiency, including the self-production of renewable energy thanks to two hydroelectric plants, the installation of high-efficiency lights and the cogeneration plant, energy consumption has been reduced by 15% since 2009.
Favini is also involved in supporting environmental projects. In particular, supporting the Voiala project whose aim is to protect one of the most vulnerable places on the planet, Madagascar. The goal is to plant 150,000 new trees by 2020 to restore the island’s forest. Thanks to the Voiala project, Favini helps the community of Sahavondronina and surrounding villages to regain control of their region, becoming a model of sustainable development for other communities of Madagascar.