The issue of sustainability has always been close to Ratti’s heart and the focus of continuous improvement. In the huge ‘machine’ of the fashion industry, the textile sector is at the forefront of promoting and safeguarding social, cultural and environmental initiatives. Starting from the choice of yarns and fabrics, through to business practices, Ratti works every day to be a greener company, admired and chosen by all those who believe in ecological and sustainable fashion.
Projects and initiatives for eco-friendly fashion
Nowadays there are many ways to help achieve a more sustainable fashion industry. In addition to sustainable textiles, Ratti’s choice includes social, cultural and innovative practices in the spinning, printing and dyeing of its fine fabrics.
Recycling is at the heart of many activities, particularly within the Second Life project, which was created with the intention of implementing the circular economy of recovering various materials, be they finished products or textile waste. The first initiative is called 2ndLife Fibers and proposes the creation of padding from recycled silk. Silk is an excellent fibre due to its thermal and breathable properties, which make it suitable for processing into wadding, thus becoming an innovative textile material.
Still on the subject of the circular economy and sustainable fashion, 2ndlife Hydro offers a waterproofing service for our favourite garments. As well as helping to reduce the number of garments that are thrown away because they no longer perform, the waterproofing process is environmentally friendly since it does not contain fluorocarbon substances.
The third project called 2ndLife Print follows the path of circularity and recycling, providing new life to unsold garments and leftover stock. In this case, Ratti’s creativity and his deep-rooted tradition come together to revive garments by reprinting fabrics with the old manual technique of “planche” printing.
Eco-friendly fashion: not just projects but concrete investments
Alongside these projects, the company’s environmental commitment is directed towards the careful management of the textile materials used in the production processes, such as the reduction of chemical agents in the dyes, which are gradually being replaced by natural dyes. This has a positive impact on wastewater management. Continuous routine checks and changes in the materials used in the production process mean that waste management is effective and always being improved.
It should also be added that environmental sustainability in eco-friendly fashion, comes not only from factories but also from offices. The investments made since 2014 have allowed the reduction of electricity and methane consumption, thanks to a series of upgrades on the electrical systems as well as the replacement of old machines and batteries that had lost their efficiency, with new generation models.
In these times when the topic of sustainable fabrics has become a central issue for the fashion industry, Ratti is aiming to operate its business in a more sustainable way in order to keep up with the expectations and demands of its customers. For these reasons, Ratti’s desire to improve its range of fine fabrics and sustainable Italian fabrics with new cutting-edge techniques and protocols has become more and more compelling.
NOT ONLY SUSTAINABLE FABRICS
The sustainable fabrics offering has expanded since the first Responsible Collection was launched in 2017 to such an extent that in 2020 the Responsible Collection was abolished with the announcement that all Ratti collections were now made of sustainable fabrics.
To date, Ratti has 200 articles among the different ecological and certified fibres including GOTS organic cotton and hemp, through to the most eco-sustainable of fabrics such as GOTS organic silk, fine Italian fabrics of the Lake Como basin, and linen.
There are two new additions to the corporate responsibility certifications: the Forest Stewardship Council FSC certification for viscose products made from sustainable forest materials and the GRS certification for high-quality polyester fabrics, nylon and recycled wool in accordance with the dictates of the Recycled Claim Standard RCS that have been extended to new compositions.
Among the new GOTS certifications, organic wool is carefully selected from non-intensive farms where the animals are sheared at the right times of the year and, above all, thanks to very strict standards, are fed natural feedstuffs.
FABRICS FOR ECO-FRIENDLY FASHION
As you can understand, the sustainable fabrics produced by Ratti move in step with the certifications that the group has obtained over the years to protect, not only the master craftsmens who work within the company, but also their experience and creativity, so that each season sees the creation of eco-friendly and sustainable fashion.
In 2020 Ratti finalized a series of interventions for the reduction of energy consumption and greater comfort in the workplace, with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions and improving its environmental performances.
The lighting system was modified with the installation of LED lights on all 48,000 square meters of the production site.
In addition, new solar panels have been installed, with an increase in power from 801.35 kw to 1082.09 kw.
From January 2020 Ratti has been purchasing 100% green electricity.
Together with other textile companies from Como, Ratti worked in collaboration with the association Telefono Donna Como on the contest named “Cambiare con la Moda”, changing with fashion, addressed to high school students of Instituto Cometa, I.S.I.S Paolo Carcano and Centro Studi Casnati.
The contest was planned together with Soroptmist Club Como e the shelter for women victims of abuses L’Una e Le Altre to spread messages of non violence, equality and sustainability through fashion creating also a great synergy between the worlds of volunteering, school and work.
The projects were examined by a special commission, in which Ratti was present, that chose the three best creations that stood out for their authenticity, quality of design and more importantly for the message they conveyed. The award ceremony was held in Palazzo Terragni on May 29th 2021 and had as one of the winners Elisa Lietti, a student of Istituto I.S.I.S Paolo Carcano, who realized her foulard with Ratti.
Ratti and the other businesses who took part in the project provided students with fabrics to realize their projects, some of which will get the chance to be produced.
The event left a lot of positive vibes among students and promoters that in this way try to raise awareness and sensitize on delicate issues such as violence against women and gender education with the finest self-expression through their textile works.
For four years, our Group has chosen to share the results achieved in the field of sustainability with its stakeholders, illustrating, through its report, the initiatives implemented to monitor and reduce environmental impacts, be they process or product, as well as that the enhancement of the professionalism of all the people who work in the company, safety and health in the workplace, protection of the environment and respect for the territory in which it operates.
It is a document that speaks directly and clearly, describing our commitment in the field of innovation, sustainability both socially, environmentally and economically.
As for the previous editions, the new balance sheet will be available on our website
Find out in our SUSTAINABILITY section.
Ratti received, for the second consecutive year, the recognition of “Best workplace that promotes the health and well-being of workers” by the WHP program which operates in collaboration with the Regione Lombardia and Agenzia di Tutela della Salute (ATS) Insubria.
The path to which Ratti has adhered has as its main objectives the introduction of healthy processes in the workplace in order to improve the health of its employees. In particular, great attention was paid to the prevention of critical factors such as: incorrect nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle, and, last but not least, the issue of work / life balance.
Through these choices, Ratti has always tried to identify new issues to approach, subsequently outlining paths, strategies and objectives that move to the full advantage of people’s well-being, demonstrating how each decision underlines the importance and centrality that people as assets have for the Group.
In a year like this, it becomes essential to anticipate and to interpret needs and concerns that bind health and economy into a single problem that has to be faced and solved. It’s a must to give value to work in its essence and to do everything possible to protect our people with the value that they express every day.
NEW PRODUCTS, SERVICES, TECHNOLOGIES ARISING FROM THE REUSE AND RECYCLING OF MATERIALS
Our philosophy has always been built on a strong enhancement of artisanal and cultural resources, as well as on investments in sustainability, technology and research in order to be able to respond to the needs of a market from which more and more requests for clarity and transparency come. With this in mind, design investments and production choices have been guided in order to always seek sustainable solutions, making our headquarters in Guanzate an arena of real experimentation between innovation and product, in which the new Second Life project finds concreteness.
2ndLIFE FIBERS – NEW SUSTAINABLE WADDING
Formulated on the basis of specific application needs, this new sustainable wadding is created by reusing/recycling silk fibres, setting a new standard in the world of sports and casualwear. This is the perfect answer that enriches and diversifies the offer for a market that requires increasingly sustainable products, also ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction.
Designed by the Ratti and Freudenberg research and development team, 2ndLIFE FIBERS transforms reused/recycled silk into insulation with excellent technical performance while establishing a versatile connection to the outdoors, whether mountain peaks or the greenery of a city park.
This unique, light and breathable wadding is an innovative insulator capable of balancing thermal comfort inside the garment. 2ndLIFE FIBERS pushes the classic concept of outdoor clothing to create a sustainable, season-less product. By reusing and recycling noble fibres, Ratti and Freudenberg confirm their interest in sustainability and environmental issues, going beyond the most complete respect for the rules of circular economy, with the primary goal of minimising environmental impact.
Ratti has been included in the eleventh edition of GreenItaly 2020, the report on the Green Economy published, as every year, by Symbola, the Italian Quality Foundation and UnionCamere, with the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment.
With 77,691 companies, Lombardy is in first place in Italy in the ranking regional by absolute number of companies that have invested, or will invest within the year, in green technologies, “as the best response to the crisis we are going through, thus demonstrating that we can lead an Italy ready for recovery found” as the report itself mentions.
GreenItaly is a report conducted annually on the value of the Green Economy that tells how Italy has been able to take up the great environmental challenges in the field of innovation and research, developing economic value for companies and the country.
Since 2010 “GreenItaly” is an indispensable tool for knowing numbers, territories and sectors of the Italian green economy, but above all to analyze and understand the leading role that Made in Italy can play in the market international by focusing on sustainability.
Performance Materials, leading global manufacturer of innovative technical textiles, and Ratti S.p.A., a creative and responsible
company active in the world of fashion textiles, have signed a collaboration agreement for the development
of circular economy projects.
The two companies intend to integrate their respective
expertise with the aim of designing and
implementing new offers, products and services based on the reuse and recycling
of textile materials.
The first step in this direction is represented by the
program “Second Life Fibers”, which
see the two groups involved in the offer of a product based on the reuse of silk. The product will be
presented at the next fairs of the fashion industry.
In 2018, the Freudenberg Group employed more than
49.000 people in almost 60 countries worldwide and generated sales of
approximately €9.4 billion.
Ratti S.p.A., listed on the Milan Stock Exchange has a
turnover of 110 million euro and is supported by about 800 people. The company
publishes its sustainability report.
This agreement testifies to the commitment of both
Groups to implement initiatives and
programmes on sustainability issues.