Reuse and Recycling

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Reuse and Recycling

Ratti invests in renewable energy, the re-use of materials, and the recycling of waste.

Renewable energy

A photovoltaic plant is in operation at the Company’s Guanzate plant for the production of electricity for its own use.

With respect to air conditioning and heating systems, the Guanzate site follows a specific procedure in managing air conditioning systems and atmospheric emissions that ensures compliance with the Single Environmental Authorization. Specifically, to curb polluting emissions into the atmosphere, in 2019 a burner of the central heating system of the manufacturing department was replaced with a state-of-the-art burner that emits lower amounts of nitrogen oxides. During 2019, renewable energy generation from the photovoltaic system of the Guanzate site allowed to generate 873,976 kWh of electricity, up 4.98% year-on-year, selling part of the power generated into the grid—thus preventing 314 tonnes of CO2 emissions. In addition, starting from 2020 100% of the electricity purchased for the site in Guanzate will come from renewable sources certified with a Guarantee of Origin, dramatically reducing CO2 emissions associated with the Group’s purchases of electricity.

Textile for padding

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Ratti has developed and is marketing a new product that reuses the residues from silk processing.

It is a silk textile intended for padding finished garments.

Silk has outstanding thermal properties that make it very well-suited for use as filling for our jackets, including down jackets.

The initiative is part of a collaboration agreement between Ratti and the Freudenberg Group, Global Technology Leader (www.freudenberg.com), for the development of joint projects in the context of the circular economy.

Garment reconditioning 

Time, usage and exposure are the causes of the degradation of a garment’s properties. Ratti has developed a process for restoring the water repellent capabilities of jackets and coats, that uses environmentally sustainable substances.

The national regulatory framework on the END OF WASTE

Ratti has put in place a significant number of initiatives in this field. However, the recycling of waste, or the end of waste being classified as waste (end of waste) and its becoming a second raw material requires a clear and well-defined national regulatory framework. It is expected that the transposition into Italian law of the European Union Circular Economy Package will take place in 2020.