Sustainable development is a process founded and characterized by three dimensions (Economy, Environmental Protection and Social Development), which extends from the global reality to the local ones. The cornerstones of sustainable development are the industrial symbiosis, the decoupling of economic growth and environmental impact, the green economy, the circular economy and the efficient use of resources.

In the production field, large industrial groups and brands are developing a growing awareness of their social and environmental responsibility and of how sustainable it also means being more competitive to be. Centrocot has developed a range of high quality services to meet these needs, covering key issues such as green chemistry, traceability along the supply chain and workplace conditions, assessment of a product’s environmental performance, safe use of chemicals and elimination of hazardous substances.

In a context of sustainable development, technical-scientific estimates are supplemented by financial, social and socio-economic evaluations, based on the Life Cycle Thinking principle, in order to monitor impacts or progress deriving from production systems.

Towards the economics of material resources: reuse and recycling of textiles

In the textile industry, the approach to the circular economy and the virtuous use of resources cannot be separated from the reuse and recycling of fibres and fabrics. At an industrial level, this means guaranteeing certain specific aspects, such as the qualitative and quantitative recognition of the fibres making up a textile article, the discrimination between recycled fibre and the corresponding virgin fibre and traceability throughout the production cycle, as well as validation and inspection controls of the cleaning processes. Moreover, in case of reuse of the material, it is essential to study the potential new uses of the product and the related processes of treatment of textile waste to be used in non-textile applications.

In view of these considerations, it is also essential to quantify the environmental impacts arising from both the consolidated production cycles and from any operations of recovery and recycling of resources (waste, energy, water) or systems of industrial symbiosis. This allows to have always in the general framework also the control on sustainability from the environmental point of view, one of the most sensitive issues of recent years.