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RadiciGroup urges backing sustainability strategies with data

The third Global Sustainable Fashion Week has opened its doors in Budapest this week.

12th April 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Budapest

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

RadiciGroup, an Italian company specialising in chemicals, plastics, synthetic fibres and nonwovens, supports this event to promote efforts and investments devoted to measuring sustainability in fashion.

The company aims to raise awareness among designers and fashion operators on the importance of backing sustainability strategies “with sound, impartial data”.

“Universally recognised measurement instruments, such as LCA, can offer any kind of organisation a valuable tool to assess environmental impacts. Various degrees of deepening are possible, suitable to small, medium and big-sized companies, along with the possibility, which is not an obligation, of third party certification,” the company explained.

“Data are fundamental to get an overview of impacts, to spot high-impact processes on which to invest, to compare various types of fibres, to back sustainable claims with data, not with impressions or beliefs.”

Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. Designers use this process to help critique their products. LCAs can help avoid a narrow outlook on environmental concerns by compiling an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases; evaluating the potential impacts associated with identified inputs and releases; and interpreting the results to help make a more informed decision.

RadiciGroup says it is convinced that measuring sustainability is a profitable investment in the medium and long term and the key precondition for creating a truly sustainable production chain in the light of circular economy and eco-design.

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