Reuse and Recycling

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Reuse and Recycling

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RATTI HAS DEVELOPED A LINE OF ‘CIRCULAR TEXTILES’, SPECIFICALLY, NEW PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES DERIVED FROM THE REUSE AND RECYCLING OF MATERIALS

Our philosophy has always been based on a strong appreciation for craft-related and cultural resources, as well as on investments in sustainability, technology and research in order to meet the needs of a market that is increasingly demanding clarity and transparency.

With this in mind, our investments in design and our production choices have been guided by the desire always to seek sustainable solutions, making our Guanzate site an arena of true experimentation encompassing innovation and product, in which the new Second Life project is becoming reality.

2nd LIFE FIBERS – NEW SUSTAINABLE WADDING

Designed by the research and development team at Ratti and Freudenberg, 2nd LIFE FIBERS transforms reused/recycled silk into an innovative insulator having excellent technical characteristics, at the same time creating a versatile connection with the outdoors, whether a mountain peak or the greenery of an urban park.

This unique, lightweight and breathable wadding is made by reusing/recycling natural silk fibres, setting a new standard in sports and casualwear. By reusing and recycling this noble fibre, Ratti and Freudenberg (www.freudenberg.com) are consolidating their interest in sustainability and environmental issues by going beyond total compliance with the rules of the circular economy, their primary aim being to reduce their environmental impact to the absolute minimum. 

2nd LIFE PRINT – UPCYCLING OF UNSOLD ITEMS

The 2nd LIFE PRINT project is an epicentre of energy and creativity where ideas and inspirations accumulate and take shape resulting in the explosion of a new aesthetic interpreted and reproduced on surplus stocks of finished garments.

In concrete terms, the upcycling of unsold garments not only reduces emissions when compared with a new manufacture, but also avoids a financial loss by recovering capital that would have to be either written down or, in the worst-case scenario, written off. This is an opportunity that provides an immediate response to the demands of a market that is becoming increasingly sensitive to issues of sustainability, while at the same time offering better brand positioning by enhancing its reputation.

2nd LIFE PRINT opens the door to a service that is unique and personalised. The variety of creative solutions available reflects Ratti’s ability to combine innovation with its cultural heritage, making professionals, experts and innovative tools available for the realisation of all kinds of projects.

2nd LIFE HYDRO – WATER REPELLENT TREATMENT

The way we have always conceived and consumed clothing is no longer sustainable; we need to restore value to what we wear, turning the old into a new resource. Thanks to its technical know-how, combined with the research underlying circular economy projects (2nd LIFE FIBERS- 2nd LIFE PRINT) and the on-the-ground experience of a sports partner, Ratti has been able to develop 2nd LIFE HYDRO: an industrial process that restores a garment’s water-repellent performance and functionality, enabling it to be reused and, at the same time, re-establishing a link with the garment itself. 2ndLIFE HYDRO prolongs the life cycle of the garment, minimising its environmental impact.

The goal of 2nd LIFE HYDRO is to be a sustainable circular economy project capable of acting as a vehicle for innovation and technical progress, exploiting the experience and skills of the Guanzate Group to satisfy the demands of the end user.