On Sustainability: Certification and Standards

Inspired by and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN in the 2030 Agenda, we are committed to contributing towards the generation of global positive change, by taking clear environmental and social responsibility.

We do that by joining the 4sustainability® roadmap, by making the values and action programs it embodies our own, and by orienting our business model to a virtuous path of change.

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We do that by joining the 4sustainability® roadmap, by making the values and action programs it embodies our own, and by orienting our business model to a virtuous path of change.

Sustainable policies and goals

Feel the Yarn firmly believes in people and in the key role they play in the path of obtaining sustainability certifications. For this reason, our companies are committed to increasing workers’ skills, to pursue the values of equality and equal opportunities. They also promote corporate welfare initiatives aimed at workers’ well-being, in order to intercept emerging needs and enhance the personal satisfaction and aspirations of each individual.

Workplace health and safety, as well as people’s health along with the production cycles, are key factors in each sustainability certification strategy, to be carried on by increasing awareness of the risks associated with processes and promoting safety as a value in itself.

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact

The fight against climate change, to prevent and mitigate its impacts, is a crucial challenge for the fashion industry. Based on this awareness, Feel the Yarn companies strive to guarantee their effective contribution by implementing a strategy aimed at mapping and reducing the environmental impact from production activities. With reference to key variables such as emissions in the atmosphere, water, and energy consumptioncontamination of wastewater.

The first step towards a concrete contribution to the fight against climate change consists in the monitoring and control of GHG emissions in the whole supply chain. This to identify and implement reduction and compensation solutions, privileging reforestation projects at a local level.

We work together for traceability and transparency in the supply chain

Feel the Yarn is convinced that traceability is the priority tool to collect the information necessary to transparently report the achievement level of its sustainability goals.

In this sense, the development of an advanced IT traceability system represents an essential opportunity to know, at every stage of the process, the origin of the raw materials and transformation products employed for making their articles, the partners who have been involved and the materials they have used.

We require sustainable certifications for raw materials used in our purchasing policies

Feel the Yarn thinks it is essential to evaluate and take into consideration alternatives with a lower environmental and social impact. These can impact both raw materials purchase choices and design solutions adopted by the companies inside the consortium. We always operate according to the main standards and initiatives structured and recognized by the market.

What does sustainability certification mean at the beginning of the different supply chains? In particular, we preferably choose certified raw materials, thus having a lower social and environmental impact, made according to criteria of environmental protection, biodiversity, and respect for the dignity of farm animals.

We invest in recovery, recycling and sustainable design practices

Feel the Yarn considers the transition to a circular economy model as a necessary step to ensure constant and sustainable growth of its companies. For this reason, we encourage the implementation of projects aimed at minimizing waste through recovery, reuse and/or recycling practices and the continuous application of sustainable design initiatives in product development.

We work for chemical risk reduction and monitoring

At Feel the Yarn we are acknowledged that the use of chemicals has one of the most significant impacts in the fashion world. At this stage, we are focusing on chemical products that are involved in the production activity of our companies in the different processing cycles.

Consequently, the FTY Consortium companies undertake to seek the best solutions to gradually eliminate the toxic and harmful chemicals from their production cycles. This step is crucial to help human health and facilitate environmental protection, including the adoption of an assessment and management system of the associated risks in line with the ZDHC – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals methodology.

Sustainability certifications:

Sustainability in the fashion industry is something growing day by day. At the moment there are no laws or compelling procedures regarding a sustainable way to produce sustainable yarn. However the Italian manufacturers behind FTY are widely adopting those standards and certifications on a voluntary basis to take part in this ongoing revolution. It is a matter of increasing the overall quality of our market.

First of all, operating as a consortium, Feel The Yarn acts on an awareness raising level, pushing forward and sharing the new goals with the manufacturers. At the moment there’s no one sustainability certification that suits all the needs we are facing at an environmental and human scale. As a consequence, sustainable yarn producing regards the specific fiber/ raw material utilized and the production circle involved. Let’s have a closer look to the certifications:

 

Grs Certificate

The GRS is an international, voluntary set of rules for a third-party certification of recycled content, promoted by Textile Exchange. The standard certifies the content of recycled materials in finished or semi-finished products and the compliance to minimum environmental and social criteria in the whole production chain.

In order to certify a class of product, the entire production chain must be certified, and only in case of minimum 50% of recycled content you can use the label.

 

Oeko tex Certified

Product certification according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® provides companies and people with information about the environmental protection and safety of final products. A textile article carrying the STANDARD 100 label is produced with components that are harmless for human health. Every component has to be tested by independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes based on extensive criteria. It is a product compliance standard built on tests concerning many regulated and non-regulated substances which may be harmful to human health.

 

Ecovero

EcoVero™ is a revolutionary fiber patented by Lenzing AG, an Austrian manufacturer with a production philosophy strongly oriented to sustainability. Obtained from the processing of wood pulp through a sustainable circular process, it is an eco-responsible viscose produced with a system that reduces emissions into the environment and water consumption by about 50%. The wood comes from FSC certified forests.

 

Ocs Certification

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of certified organic input and chain of custody. The goal of the OCS is to increase organic agriculture production. OCS covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of a product that contains at least 5 percent certified “organic” materials.

 

Fsc Certification Requirements

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification has the goal to reassure consumers that products of forestry origin or wood derivatives really originates from companies that manages forests in a responsible and sustainable way.

Forest-based fabrics, such as rayon, viscose, modal or lyocell are increasingly being used in the fashion industry. If cellulose fibres come from well-managed forests, they can be more environmentally friendly and traceability can be ensured.

 

Feel the Yarn thinks it is essential to evaluate and take into consideration alternatives with a lower environmental and social impact. These can impact on both raw materials purchase choices and design solutions adopted by the companies inside the consortium. We always operate according to the main standards and initiatives structured and recognized by the market.

What does sustainability certification mean at the beginning of the different supply chains? In particular, we preferably choose certified raw materials, thus having a lower social and environmental impact, made according to criteria of environmental protection, biodiversity and respect for the dignity of farm animals.

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OEKO-TEX 100

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BCI

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GOTS

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GRS

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4SUSTAINABILITY

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FSC

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OCS BLENDED

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SUSTAINAWOOL

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RCS

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ECOVERO

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RWS

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RMS

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FROM CRADLE TO CRADLE

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OEKO-TEX MADE IN GREEN