Ongoing commitment towards a more environmentally sustainable industry

For years, the company has been investing with foresight into research and development for a more environmentally sustainable industry, producing solid, tangible results year after year.

In particular, since 2008, a period when the world economy began to show signs of slowing down, Canepa has adopted a brave, pioneering approach to put sustainability at the center of our production goals.

Consequently, we have laid down our serious commitment built up over time, working alongside public and private bodies who have certified the company’s work, leading us to become a benchmark not just for the high-quality of our products, whose intrinsic value remains the same or has even grown, but also for the virtue in terms of saving resources.

Sustainability in energy savings

Regarding sustainability in energy saving, the last two were characterized by huge changes and further progress: Canepa’s energy savings were focused on solar power facilities, the installation of inverters in the weaving room’s air treatment system and the optimisation of the compressed air system. Regarding the installation of inverters in the weaving room’s air treatment system, during 2014, one of the two air treatment systems in the weaving room was replaced, enabling electric motors to be inverted, thus saving 146 MWh in 2015. The second improvement involved the optimization of the compressed air system which underwent two main modifications: the first enabled timers to be set on the compressors to prevent them from operating outside working hours, the second change involved the replacement of the air distribution network to eliminate waste.

Canepa’s commitment also saw the installation of a solar energy system which produces 866 MWh of energy in total, of which 657 MWh is used by the company, while the rest is sent back into the network.

The innovation of industrial process

Canepa began its path to sustainability several years ago and concerns different aspects of the production process. An important first step was the in-depth investigation of the suppliers (VIDEO) carried out by Canepa on the use of substances harmful to the environment which serve to compile the Restricted Substance List (RSA).

The final objective is to eliminate these substances from the production process. With the aim of minimizing the environmental impact of its own production processes, Canepa has created the SAVEtheWATER® Kitotex® (VIDEO) project, developed in partnership with CNR-Ismac of Biella, which drastically reduce substances toxic for the environment and the water consumption in the manufacturing processes of weaving yarn.

The SAVEtheWATER® Kitotex® program was created by the research laboratories of CanepaEvolution, a department created specially by the group, to drive innovation in the production process. Kitotex® is derived from chitin (VIDEO) a naturally occurring polymer which is found in the exoskeleton of shrimp and is a waste product of the food industry.

Aside from being non-toxic, chitosan offers important advantages for health (VIDEO): it is anti-bacterial and anti-mite, and helps to stimulate blood circulation. The SAVEtheWATER® Kitotex® process is also used in the production of silk, where it can generate important savings of water, energy and CO2, in addition to the drastic reduction of polluting substances.

The development of the SAVEtheWATER® Kitotex® program has required important investments of time and resources (VIDEO). Today, thanks to the implementation of these innovations, Canepa is able to significantly reduce the consumption of water, energy and CO2 in its production, in addition to eliminating harmful substances and pollutants. Today, Canepa makes its know-how available through licensing agreements with business and partners in the clothing-textile industry.

The Detox agreement

Faithful to the commitment to respect and protect the environment, Canepa has responded to the challenge from Greenpeace that aims to free fashion from toxic substances by 2020, signing up to the agreements contained in the Detox Solution Commitment. The Como-based company is the first textile company in the world to make a public commitment to a cleaner fashion industry through the replacement of machinery and the elimination of harmful substances used in the normal textile processes.

We are the first textile company in the world which has publicly committed to working towards cleaner fashion by replacing machinery and eliminating harmful substances used in normal textile production processes.


The Canepa research and study center

Ever since it was founded, Canepa has stipulated its Charter of Values, putting people and the environment at the center. For years, the primary objective of the owners, researchers and specialist staff has been to achieve the highest quality with the lowest environmental impact. The result of this research & development: CanepaEvolution.

Here at Canepa, saving water has always been one of our primary objectives and never second to profit. Industry in general, and in particular the textile industry, has always been responsible for using and polluting a large amount of water. For years, Canepa has been making fabrics using exclusive processes which have reduced water consumption by about 40% and thanks to our exclusive Kitotex® method this reduction will now reach 70%. To understand this progress, we need to describe and define how yarn is processed in weaving.

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Social Responsability

A fashion in favour of the Environment

Industry, the textile industry in particular, has always been considered one of the main causes of damage to the environment. The consumption and waste of primary resources used in the production processes and the harmful substances used have serious repercussions on the ecosystem and the health of people. This is why Canepa fulfils the commitment to respect and protect the environment by adopting a new patented production technology, able to drastically reduce the levels of water and energy consumption compared to traditional manufacturing processes.

Canepa’s innovation (laboratory data, source: CNR-Ismac): reduction in the consumption of water per kg of textile from 300lt to 20lt; reduction in the temperature of the washing process for textiles from 70/90° to 30/40; reduction in energy consumed per kg of textile from 22,500 kcal to 600 kcal; reduction in CO2 emissions per kg of textile: from 13.9 kg CO2 to 0.37 kg CO2.

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