Bulgaria

 

ECW Bulgaria

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY:

  1. What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?

ECO CLEANING WIPES BULGARIA LTD is a leading company in the production of cotton cleaning cloths from recycled textiles, by mechanically removing all metal parts and manually cutting rags following the practices of the most stringent industry standards. Founded only in 2019 by a team with many years of experience in the field of collection, sorting and recycling of clothing and other textiles, the company manages to establish itself as a market leader due to its expertise, new generation production facilities ensuring excellent production quality and capacity of over 1000 tons per year.

The main activities related to sustainability are: cotton fabrics, which are an indispensable consumable in various industrial enterprises, workshops for metalworking, shipbuilding, printing houses, repair shops, car washes, etc. For this use, certain highly absorbent materials are separated. Textile waste is divided by composition and colour and cut to certain sizes on specialized machines, removing zippers, buttons, collars, cuffs and other hard parts. To ensure the absence of elements that can scratch the surfaces to be cleaned, the rags pass through a metal detector. 

  1. What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

The challenges for sustainable development are related to sourcing sustainable materials, competition, changing market dynamics and other. Adapting to changing market dynamics, consumer preferences, and industry trends can be challenging for sustainability-focused companies. Staying ahead of market shifts and continuously innovating to meet evolving sustainability demands requires agility and foresight.  

  1. What are the main drivers for sustainable development

The impact of such companies is eco-friendly practices, community engagement and support, social context, brand recognition and differentiation. Employees are often more engaged and satisfied working for companies that prioritize sustainability and social responsibility. Implementing sustainable practices can enhance employee morale, attract top talent, and foster a positive corporate culture.  By complying with environmental regulations and standards, the company reduces the risk of fines, penalties, and legal liabilities associated with non-compliance. Implementing sustainable practices also mitigates reputational risks and enhances long-term business sustainability.    

  1. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

Their products are intended for both the local market and for export. Used clothes and other textiles are a valuable material that should not end up in landfills. Reuse is the most environmentally friendly way to extend the life of the textile, as it requires the least additional resources and energy. Part of the workwear (T-shirts, cotton blouses, vests, pants) can be recycled by cutting out distinctive company elements (logos and other signs) and reused for industrial cleaning rags. Vests, jackets and pants will be cut and destroyed to avoid their re-use or sale in stores in the country and abroad. The whole recycling process is filmed. To offer their customers the best service, they have the opportunity to use personal packaging and branding design. Thus, they can produce cotton cleaning cloths from recycled textiles in the desired textile mix, as well as package the products with individual packaging design, label and package size.

  1. How their example can inspire other companies?

The example set by ECO CLEANING WIPES BULGARIA LTD can inspire other companies in several ways:

Environmental Sustainability: By using recycled textiles, the company reduces the demand for new raw materials and minimizes the environmental impact associated with textile production and waste disposal. This can inspire other companies to explore eco-friendly alternatives in their manufacturing processes.

Resource Efficiency: Mechanically removing metal parts and manually cutting rags demonstrates a commitment to resource efficiency. Other companies can emulate this approach by optimizing their processes to minimize waste generation and maximize resource utilization.

Compliance with Standards: Adhering to the most stringent industry standards ensures the quality and safety of the products. This commitment to standards can inspire confidence in consumers and encourage other companies to prioritize regulatory compliance and product quality.

Innovation: ECO CLEANING WIPES BULGARIA LTD's approach showcases innovation in waste management and product development. This can inspire other companies to think creatively about how they can repurpose materials, reduce waste, and develop sustainable products.

Social Responsibility: By promoting sustainable practices, the company contributes to social responsibility efforts. Other companies may be inspired to align their operations with socially responsible principles, enhancing their reputation and positively impacting communities and the environment.

Sources: www.ecwbulgaria.eu 

GREEN FILTERS

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY:

The company is an example of students who were introduced to ECOMODA and study about sustainability in various subjects in a high school in Bulgaria. They are a team of four students from 11th grade in “Entrepreneurship” programme of studies.

  1. What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?

The start-up evolved around the concept of recycling and use of garbage and dangerous residues. The team’s idea is to make use of cigarette butts by turning them into activated charcoal. The process starts with gathering the butts into containers, tailored for that purpose. Afterwards, the butts are dissolved in concentrated sulphuric acid. After the reaction takes place, the mixtures is cleaned. In simple terms, what’s left is carbon, which then undergoes a process of activation to turn into activated charcoal. The charcoal has a very large surface area and is generally used to purify water, help against food poisoning, etc.

This concept is meant to be leveraged and applied to other sectors, too such as the clothing and textile industries following the same process. When considering its transformation for the clothing industry, there are several potential avenues to explore: Activated Charcoal Textiles: Incorporating activated charcoal derived from cigarette butts into textiles could offer numerous benefits. Activated charcoal is known for its odor-absorbing and moisture-wicking properties, making it suitable for activewear, socks, and undergarments. In addition, eco-friendly dyeing, anti-microbial fabrics, fashion accessories: activated charcoal could be incorporated into accessories like bags, collaborations with fashion designers, consumer education.

  1. What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

The start-up is under development and the main challenges are mostly related to the scaling up, production process, customers and the business model. In terms of sustainability, there are several challenges that may arise when implementing a concept like turning cigarette butts into activated charcoal for the clothing industry: sourcing and collection, contamination, energy and resource consumption, emissions and pollution, end-of-life considerations, consumer awareness and acceptance.

  1. What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.

The team "Green filters" won first place in the Lietuvos Junior Achievement competition and went through a coherent programme. They also participated in a camp about sustainability and ecology “Eco accelerator”.  The program during the days of the camp covered:

- Team building and networking games

- Startup team presentations, what is value proposition, work on value proposition canvas and presentation.

- Visits to two enterprises (Integra Plastic for recycling plastics and water treatment plant of Sofia Voda).

- Research and define the needs of your users, drafting a questionnaire for a customer interview.

- Interviews with plastics experts and potential customers

- Day for "Prototyping" (reworking the business canvases, creating prototypes).

- Preparation of presentations.

- Team presentations before a jury.

Green filters are also one of the 3 winning teams in this year's national edition of the "Eco Accelerator" program for green entrepreneurship at JA Bulgaria, which wins 6,000 BGN free investment for the development of a prototype.

  1. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

The development of the main prototype and concept about the business included in the highest level ecological aspects and the business aspects were covered in the series of competitions and business development of the start-up. The social aspects are 

  1. Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they use it?

The students know about ECOMODA and are familiar with the training courses developed by the project.

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Poland

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY:

Mark KnkKanaka is a thriving laundry and dye house from Lodz, Poland. The company provides services such as laundering, dyeing of clothes, decatization,, finishing of finished products, clothes made of washable fabrics such as cotton, linen, denim or Tencel® and additional services such as ironing, labeling and packaging.

The company’s goal is to offer quality services The company is certified by the Global OrganicTextile Standard (GOTS) – because it wants to take care of the environment. High quality, repeatability, uniformity of production, ecology and sustainability – this is what sets us apart. We are open to innovation, and want to be your laundry and research and development center – from prototyping to designs to production. UPDIWU is a platform for reworking clothes where you can make some cool projects and contribute to not generating new waste in the form of clothes. 

SECTOR: APPAREL/TEXTILES/FASHION, ETC.

Please specify if the company participated in the piloting and testing of ECOMODA.

The company did not participate in the piloting and testing of Ecomoda.

What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?

With DIWU.PL, customers have access to finished products made from certified organic cotton and/or recycled polyester blends.

The company gives customers access to high-quality garments on which they can do dyeing, wash effects, or DTG printing to the GOTS standard. There are no production minimums, so customers don’t have to produce surplus garments that would end up in landfills. What’s more, products can be further processed, i.e. upcyled. This gives customers a sense of security, as they will be able to reprocess the garments they purchase and enjoy them for years to come.

Effectiveness is studied through the preparation of monthly reports from the DIWU.PL store The number of products purchased is then recorded, but it also allows building a long-term strategy to increase DIWU.PL’s audience.

The following benefits of DIWU.PL can be distinguished:

1. customers have access to GOTS-certified products;

2. there are no imposed production minimums – they can purchase as much as they actually need; thus reducing post-production waste;

3. they have access to effects to refine finished products according to GOTS standards – thus they can enjoy a full-fledged GOTS product.

UPDIWU CSR has the opportunity to offer its customers a modern and innovative upcycling solution for garments. By selling their finished products, companies not only offer a product, but build a community that is aware of upcycling in the fashion industry.

Finished products that will be purchased by consumers will be able to be upcycled, i.e. repainted or refreshed within the framework of UPDIWU CSR tools. In this way, apparel brands are demonstrating a conscious approach to producing their products, and their customers are assured that they are purchasing a product of value and made in a sustainable manner.

UPDIWU gives customers the opportunity to create new collections from upcycled materials or by redesigning previous collections that have not sold.

This practice also contributes to reducing the production of new garments. Unsold garments are full-value products that should not end up in landfills. The company’s clients, thanks to UPDIWU, can contribute to reducing the fashion industry’s negative impact on the environment and bring in full-priced collections that feature originality.

KNK Productions & Development is committed to refining garments in a sustainable manner. The laundry and dye house is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard, has its own laboratory and conducts R&D research, has completely eliminated carcinogenic products and formaldehydes, and uses innovative, energy-efficient machinery. In addition, the company has introduced foil packs made of materials made from 80% recycled packaging from consumers – Blue Angel certified. These are the only plastic packaging used by the company when delivering orders. On the other hand, the only filling used when shipping orders are so-called eco-chips. In addition, the reduction in environmental costs is aided by the logistical proximity of all the company’s centers (production-warehouse-office within a maximum distance of 25 km) and the electronic workflow. The main benefit for the company is the optimization of waste management, in a way that unequivocally contributes to the reduction of environmental costs of doing business.

What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

  1. some stakeholders, including customers, investors or suppliers, may be less interested in sustainability and may prefer lower prices or other selection criteria
  2. some sustainable technologies are still in the development stage or are not fully commercially available, which may hinder their implementation on an industrial scale.
  3. What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.
  4. sustainable fashion has become a trendy trend, leading companies to strive to align their manufacturing practices and offerings with the expectations of environmentally conscious customers.
  5. increased environmental and social awareness around the world is resulting in growing pressure on apparel companies to take steps to protect the environment and promote decent working conditions throughout the supply chain
  6. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

In the social aspect, the company provides decent working conditions

In the economic aspect, it ensures good relations with manufacturers and suppliers and partners

In the environmental aspect, promoting the long-term use of products by customers.

How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?

The company implements an action plan, taking specific steps to bring about change in its business. This could include changing suppliers, introducing sustainable materials, training employees in work ethics, etc.

Collaborating with other apparel companies and NGOs and industry organizations can be very inspiring and effective in promoting ethical development in the industry.

The company uses sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and recycled fabrics.

UPDIWU company information for the success story template was taken from

https://odpowiedzialnybiznes.pl/dobre-praktyki/ 

Company description based on information from the company’s website https://updiwu.pl/content/26-o-nas and https://www.knk-kanaka.pl/pl/o-marce 


BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY:

KABAK company has been on the market since 2013. It is a Polish company producing colorful socks and accessories. The company offers everything to dress up from head to toe: colorful and classic socks, cotton caps, cotton scarves, braided belts, as well as decorative hand-painted pins. But KABAK is not only accessories for the person, but also accessories for the home. The KABAK company is distinguished by its desire to work in the business of protecting the planet. They believe that their responsibly run business with a long-term strategy of sustainable and rational development is able to neutralize its impact on the environment. The company designs and manufactures only in Poland. It produces fashion and design to exert pressure from within and provide an alternative to fast fashion. 

SECTOR: APPAREL/TEXTILES/FASHION, ETC.

Please specify if the company participated in the piloting and testing of ECOMODA.

The company did not participate in the piloting and testing of Ecomoda. 


What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?

The company has started using sustainability measures for the past 4-5 years. 

KABAK is a 100% vegan brand, which can be found, among others, on the official list of Fur-Free Shops, run by the Open Cages association. They operate with an eco spirit, i.e.

  1. Sustainable materials: The company uses only certified materials and manufactures its products from cotton and organic cotton. The company has implemented recycled yarn in the brocade socks category and in winter hats (so-called lumberjack hats).
  2. The company has acquired its first GOTS-certified supplier, which will enable the implementation of the certified product throughout the supply chain. 
  3. They pack packages rationally, do not use foil packets or plastic fillers, and all packaging materials are made of paper, making them successfully reusable or recyclable. 
  4. Waste minimization: – Optimizing sock designs in terms of the colors used, so as to reduce the number of socks as much as possible and make full use of each spool. In addition, KABAK cooperates with a number of foundations including: the Ocalenie Foundation, the Avalon Foundation and the Viva!
  • In 2023, in cooperation with the Piesotto brand, the company implemented circular dog beds filled with cotton offcuts from sock production. In this way, the company closed the production circuit of the entire sock category. 
  • Out of respect for the idea of less waste, KABAK has launched an Outlet in its online store, where it makes fully functional products with minor manufacturing or transportation defects available at much lower prices. This allows customers to purchase products that would otherwise have to be disposed of.
  • From April to December 2023, the company sold about 250 products through the outlet that would otherwise have had to be disposed of.
  • The implemented solution allows customers to purchase fully functional products at much lower prices, while encouraging them to repair damaged products themselves. An additional benefit is the reduction of production waste that would otherwise have to be disposed of.
  1. Community support: The company supports various foundations in:
  • As part of its long-term cooperation with the Wandering Women’s Foundation, KABAK organized and promoted an open workshop on sock design, the aim of which was to create a sock-sock design to support the Foundation’s mission of providing safe and decent work for refugees. Once the winning design was selected, KABAK handled its comprehensive preparation for production and coordinated the production process. As a result, the Wandering Women Foundation received a product fully ready for sale, and the Foundation itself gained another tool for self-financing its activities. The workshop brought together nearly 30 participants, who, thanks to the event, had the opportunity to learn more about the Wandering Women Foundation and its mission, as well as visit a restaurant run by members of the Foundation.
  • KABAK launched the “Hope” campaign to support people fleeing war. The campaign included the creation of themed sock-carriers, which were intended not only as an expression of solidarity and understanding, but above all as a real help for refugees. All proceeds from their sale went to support those fleeing Ukraine.
  • The company also cooperates with foundations: Ocalenie, Avalon, VIVA gzie where they create a collection of socks – all proceeds go to the foundation and largely focus on education and sensitivity to others.
  1. Long life: the company produces quality products that will serve customers for a long time
  2. Transportation and logistics: the company moved the warehouse to a new more energy-efficient environment and at the same time to INPOST, which is in charge of logistics, thus reducing the average transportation route of a package by 50%. In addition to shipping, it also offers personal pick-up of products at stationary stores, thus reducing CO2 emissions
  3. The company ensures ethical production conditions and decent working conditions.
  4. Monitoring and reporting: the company has created a tool in the form of CSR reports in order to make its brand even more transparent. KABAK provides CSR reports that showcase environmental and community activities. Among other things, the report shows cooperation with foundations and what has been achieved to apply sustainability.
  5. What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

The company is constantly looking for new solutions-it is constantly looking for innovative materials and recycled innovations that would help push their products one step closer to the ideal of full environmental neutrality.

  1. Some sustainable technologies are still in the development stage or not fully commercially available, which can make them difficult to implement on an industrial scale.
  2. Competition in the apparel market can lead to downward pressure on prices and costs, which can make it difficult for a company to implement sustainable practices due to the additional financial outlay.
  3. What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.
  4. sustainable fashion has become a trendy trend, leading companies to strive to align their manufacturing practices and offerings with the expectations of environmentally conscious customers.
  5. increased environmental and social awareness around the world is resulting in growing pressure on apparel companies to take steps to protect the environment and promote decent working conditions throughout the supply chain
  6. growing environmental and social awareness is leading to increased interest in sustainable fashion. Customers are increasingly looking for apparel products that are produced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.
  7. Dynamic changes in societal needs, such as greater interest in environmentalism, labor ethics or fair trade, are prompting companies to adapt their practices to meet the demands of the market and society.
  8. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

In the social aspect, the company provides decent working conditions and engages in local communities by initiating charitable programs, supporting social organizations.

In the economic aspect, it ensures stable relationships with manufacturers and suppliers and business partners to ensure supply chain stability and minimize operational risks.

In the environmental aspect, promotes long-term use of products by customers, minimizes waste by reusing materials, recycling, Uses sustainable materials and production processes to reduce environmental impact, for example, by using organic cotton, recycled materials.

How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?

The company is constantly looking for new solutions-it is constantly searching for innovative materials and recycling innovations that would help push their products one step closer to the ideal of full environmental neutrality.

Based on an analysis of its practices and values, KABAK creates an action plan that includes goals related to ethical development. It creates CSR reports that include the steps to be taken to bring about change in its company. It is important to be open and transparent about the company’s practices. The company shares information on steps it is taking to improve ethical development both internally among employees and externally to customers. 

The company uses sustainable materials, such as organic cotton and recycled fabrics. Engaging with local communities by initiating charitable programs and continuously monitoring and reporting progress on ethical development to be accountable to customers, employees and the community.


  1. Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they benefit from it?

The company knows about the ECOMODA project and is eager to benefit from the courses. 


Greece

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY: Funky Buddha

SECTOR: APPAREL

Please specify if the company participated in the piloting and testing of ECOMODA: NO

The questions below will guide you to develop the case study:

  1. What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?
  2. What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.
  3. What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.
  4. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?
  5. How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?
  6. Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they use it?
  7. Any pictures, images, etc. to visualize the case study.

Note for selecting the company: The SME enterprises that made small or big changes and can be an inspiration for the others since they are not big corporations with which an SME cannot identify, but enterprises that achieved sustainable and ethical growth through our project and beyond.

The company has launched a campaign called “Funky Buddha Green ERA” to reduce the use of plastics in its products and packaging. The campaign includes using recyclable and biodegradable materials for their product packaging, as well as promoting recycling among their customers.

  1. Funky Duddha’s actions started at 2020 and aim to a more sustainable future. They have set a strategic plan including: 
  • Recycled materials: The company uses recycled materials in the production of some of its products, such as recycled polyester fabrics for clothing.
  • Biodegradable packaging: It has introduced biodegradable materials in the packaging of its products, such as paper and textiles, instead of plastics.
  • Recycling: The company promotes recycling in its stores by providing special recycling bins for plastics, paper and metals, and encouraging customers to return plastic bags for recycling.

The aim is aligning the company’s strategy with the development and use of responsibly and sustainably produced fabrics like sustainable cotton, linen, tencel etc., sourcing them from all over the world and focusing on choosing more sustainable options when possible.

  1. The main challenges when starting out the strategic planning is to actively engage the employees and to find new sustainable suppliers for the production of their products. For this matter, the company invested in the education of all designers on the necessity of implementing the circular economy and sustainable design processes, while shaping and promoting a broad ecological concept and modified their production methods to meet the new principles. In particular, the company eliminated the use of fiber from endangered forest areas and is always seeking the maximum use of renewable energy sources, and the prudent use of this in its facilities around the world.
  2. The company dreams of a world where all people actively participate in the changes happening around the world in terms of sustainability, which is why it has chosen as a company to implement responsible and sustainable practices with the aim of reducing the human footprint on the environment.
  3. The company places a strong emphasis on producing clothing in a responsible and sustainable manner to minimize environmental impact. This ongoing effort is not only morally and commercially sound but also reflects the commitment to embracing industry best practices. The company’s future objectives and milestones are guided by the principles of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. These include implementing strategic environmental initiatives, prioritizing the use of responsibly and sustainably sourced fabrics such as sustainable cotton, linen, and Tencel from around the globe, and transitioning its physical stores and facilities to be more eco-efficient. Additionally, the company is dedicated to recycling and utilizing green alternatives for packaging materials and introducing eco-conscious capsule collections. The company’s commitment to continuous improvement will persist until it achieves a fully sustainable future for the natural environment, humanity, and our fellow beings.
  4. The company started by identifying the problem and creating a strategic roadmap on what it wants to achieve in the upcoming years. After careful planning, the company was able to find al required resources and started its transformation journey.
  5. The company was included in the calls for joining the ECOMODA training programs. 
  6. For more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAp2aGbuOgI&ab_channel=FunkyBuddha 

https://www.funky-buddha.com/el/sustainability


BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPANY: Mango
SECTOR: APPAREL

Please specify if the company participated in the piloting and testing of ECOMODA: NO

The questions below will guide you to develop the case study:

  1. What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?
  2. What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.
  3. What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.
  4. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?
  5. How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?
  6. Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they use it?
  7. Any pictures, images, etc. to visualize the case study.

Note for selecting the company: The SME enterprises that made small or big changes and can be an inspiration for the others since they are not big corporations with which an SME cannot identify, but enterprises that achieved sustainable and ethical growth through our project and beyond.

  1. Mango has launched a programme called “Take Action”, which aims to reduce its environmental footprint and improve its social impact. Through this programme, Mango has adopted the following actions:

Sustainable materials: The company uses sustainable materials to produce its clothing, including organic cotton, Tencel and recycled fabrics.

Sustainable production: Mango invests in production practices that minimize greenhouse gas emissions and water use, as well as the elimination of hazardous substances from the production process. Some measures for sustainable production are:

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: The company invests in technologies and processes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions during production, such as the use of renewable energy sources and improving the energy efficiency of its facilities.
  2. Reducing water consumption: Mango implements measures to reduce water consumption in the production of its garments, such as the use of modern technologies and processes that minimise water loss and use water at sustainable levels.
  3. Effective waste management: the company emphasises the management of waste generated during production, promoting recycling and reducing the disposal of waste in landfills.
  4. Use of safe and environmentally friendly materials and processes: Mango chooses materials and processes that are safe and environmentally friendly, without the use of harmful or toxic substances.

Social responsibility: The company works with social organizations and programs that promote human rights and social responsibilities.

Mango’s focus in the upcoming years include:

  • Increasing the use of sustainably sourced cotton to 100% by 2025.
  • Ramping up the use of recycled polyester in garments to 50% by 2025.
  • Committing to sourcing 100% of cellulose fibers from controlled sources by 2030.
  • Establishing the Mango Committed collection as a permanent offering, featuring all garments with sustainable characteristics.

These initiatives started in recent years and are part of Mango’s strategic plan for sustainable transformation. They are driven by the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint and aligning with global sustainability goals.

  1. Main Challenges in Terms of Sustainability:

The main challenges include:

  • Ensuring supply chain transparency and compliance with sustainability standards.
  • Balancing sustainability goals with financial constraints.
  • Overcoming technological and organizational barriers to implementing sustainable practices.
  • Gaining full support from management and stakeholders.
  • Addressing the general understanding and awareness of sustainability issues.
  • Lack of regulations or incentives for sustainability may also pose challenges.
  1. The main drivers for Mango’s sustainable development efforts include to grow the consumers’ demand for sustainable fashion and increase the awareness of environmental issues and the need for sustainable practices. The company also wants to promote the benefits of recycling materials used in the end of the life cycle of a product and reduce the environmental impact. These drivers motivate Mango to adopt sustainable practices and remain competitive in the fashion industry.
  2.  The company’s initiatives contribute to improved working conditions and livelihoods in the supply chain, aligning with social responsibility goals. While there may be initial investment costs, Mango’s sustainability efforts can lead to long-term cost savings through resource efficiency and enhanced brand reputation. And ,by sourcing sustainable materials and reducing waste, the company minimizes its environmental impact and promotes eco-friendly practices throughout its operations.
  3. Mango’s example can inspire other companies to embark on their sustainability journey through a step-by-step process: 

  • Assess the current state: Evaluate the environmental and social impact of current operations.
  • Set ambitious yet achievable goals: Establish clear targets for sustainability
  • Implement sustainable practices: Introduce initiatives such as using sustainable materials, reducing waste, and improving supply chain transparency.
  • Engage stakeholders: Involve employees, suppliers, and customers in the sustainability matters
  • Continuously improve: Adapt and refine sustainability strategies based on feedback and evolving best practices, demonstrating a commitment to long-term impact.
  1. The company was invited from newsletters to participate in the piloting face of the training materials developed by the ECOMODA project. The responsible partners have not yet received an answer.


Italy

IL BISONTE FIRENZE

Il Bisonte is an emblematic luxury fashion brand originating from the heart of Florence, Italy, renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship, timeless design, and steadfast commitment to quality and sustainability. Founded in 1970 by Wanny Di Filippo, Il Bisonte has established itself as a purveyor of fine leather goods, including handbags, accessories, and small leather items that epitomize the elegance and artistry of traditional Italian craftsmanship.

What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start?
Why they do it?

The brand’s ethos is deeply rooted in respect for nature and the tradition of artisanal leather work, ensuring each piece is not only elegant but also ethically and responsibly made. By embracing traditional techniques and focusing on durability, Il Bisonte reflects a commitment to sustainability that transcends trends, offering products that are meant to last a lifetime. 1. Main Activities Related to Sustainable Development

Il Bisonte’s journey towards sustainability is an integral part of its identity, woven into the fabric of its operations and product development strategies. The brand’s commitment to sustainable development is multifaceted, encompassing the careful selection of materials, support for traditional craftsmanship, and efforts to minimize its environmental impact.

Start of Sustainability Initiatives: Il Bisonte’s engagement with sustainable practices began from its very foundation, rooted in the vision of its founder. However, the formal structuring of these practices into a comprehensive sustainability strategy has evolved over the years, particularly gaining momentum in the last decade as global awareness of environmental issues increased.

Why They Do It: The motivation behind Il Bisonte’s commitment to sustainability stems from a deep-seated belief in responsibility towards the planet and future generations. The brand recognizes that sustainable development is not just an ethical imperative but also a critical component of its heritage and appeal. By prioritizing sustainability, Il Bisonte aims to preserve traditional craftsmanship, reduce environmental impact, and offer consumers high-quality, ethical products that align with their values.

What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

In the pursuit of sustainability, Il Bisonte, like many other fashion brands committed to ethical and sustainable practices, encounters a variety of challenges. These hurdles can be complex and multifaceted, ranging from regulatory gaps to technological constraints, and each plays a significant role in shaping the brand’s approach to sustainability. Here are some of the main challenges Il Bisonte faces in terms of sustainability:

1. Lack of Uniform Regulations One of the significant challenges is the absence of standardized, global regulations on sustainability in the fashion industry. This lack of uniformity can make it difficult for brands like Il Bisonte to navigate the sustainability landscape, as they must adapt to different standards and certifications across countries..

2. Financial Limitations Investing in sustainable practices often requires a significant upfront financial commitment. For Il Bisonte, transitioning to environmentally friendly materials, upgrading to energy-efficient production methods, and ensuring ethical labor practices can entail higher costs.

3. Technological Barriers Advancements in sustainable technology—such as eco-friendly tanning processes, recycling methods, and biodegradable materials—are crucial for IlBisonte’s sustainable development. However, the pace of technological innovation and the availability of these technologies can be limiting factors.

4. Organizational Challenges Implementing a company-wide sustainability strategy requires cohesive effort and alignment across all levels of the organization. For Il Bisonte, this involves educating and training employees, altering long-standing practices, and managing change within the organization, all of which can be challenging in terms of both logistics and company culture.

What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.

Il Bisonte’s commitment to sustainable development is propelled by a combination of internal motivations and external pressures that reflect broader trends, market needs, and evolving consumer expectations within the global fashion industry.

4)How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

The Il Bisonte Project addresses challenges across three key dimensions: social, economic, and environmental. Here’s how they approach each aspect: Social The social aspect focuses on community engagement, education, and cultural preservation.

Economic Economically, the Il Bisonte Project seeks to demonstrate the viability of Il Bisonte as a sustainable resource.

Environmental Environmentally, the project highlights the Il Bisonte’s role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?

Il Bisonte, a fashion brand known for its commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical practices, serves as an inspiring model for other companies looking to embark on a path of ethical growth. Their example highlights the importance of integrating sustainable and ethical practices into every aspect of business operations. Here’s a step-by-step process inspired by Il Bisonte’s approach that companies can adopt to achieve ethical growth:

Step 1: Define Core Values and Ethics

Identify and articulate clear core values and ethics that resonate with your brand’s identity. This could include commitments to sustainability, craftsmanship, community support, and fair labor practices.

Embed these values in your company’s mission and vision statements to ensure they guide decision-making at all levels.

Step 2: Assess Current Practices

Conduct a comprehensive audit of your current business practices, assessing areas such as sourcing, production, labor, and environmental impact.

Identify areas for improvement by comparing current practices against your defined core values and industry best practices for sustainability and ethics.

Step 3: Develop a Strategic Plan

Create a strategic plan that outlines specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals for integrating ethical and sustainable practices into your business operations.

Engage stakeholders in this process, including employees, suppliers, customers, and community members, to ensure the plan reflects a broad range of perspectives and needs.

Step 4: Implement Changes Gradually

Start with easily implementable changes that have significant impacts, such as switching to more sustainable materials, improving working conditions, or reducing waste in production processes.
Scale up efforts progressively, tackling more complex challenges as your company adapts and evolves.

Step 5: Foster Transparency and Communication

Communicate openly about your efforts, progress, and challenges. Transparency builds trust with customers, employees, and partners.
Use storytelling to share the journey, highlighting specific initiatives, partnerships, or changes that exemplify your commitment to ethics and sustainability.

Step 6: Measure and Report Progress

Establish metrics to measure progress towards your sustainability and ethical goals.
Regularly review and report these metrics, using them to inform stakeholders of your achievements and areas for improvement.

Step 7: Foster Continuous Improvement

Adopt a mindset of continuous improvement, regularly reassessing practices, learning from successes and failures, and being open to innovation and change.

Engage in partnerships with other organizations, non-profits, or industry groups to learn from others and collaborate on broader sustainability initiatives.

Example for Ethical Growth: Sustainable Sourcing

Assess your supply chain to identify where improvements can be made in terms of environmental impact, social responsibility, and economic efficiency.

Work closely with suppliers to develop sustainable sourcing guidelines, ensuring materials are ethically sourced, and workers are treated fairly.

Shift towards renewable resources, recycled materials, or more sustainable alternatives wherever possible.
Communicate the importance of these changes to your customers, explaining how sustainable sourcing contributes to a better product and a healthier planet.

By following these steps, companies can embark on a path similar to Il Bisonte’s, driving ethical growth that benefits not only the company and its customers but also the wider community and the environment. This approach not only responds to the increasing consumer demand for ethical and sustainable products but also contributes to a more sustainable and equitable global economy.

Il Bisonte, a fashion brand known for its commitment to quality, sustainability, and ethical practices, serves as an inspiring model for other companies looking to embark on a path of ethical growth. Their example highlights the importance of integrating sustainable and ethical practices into every aspect of business operations

Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they use it?

Il Bisonte was included in the Ecomoda Piloting Training Programme.

For more information:

Website: https://www.ilIl Il Bisonte.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilIl Il Bisonteofficial/

Monnalisa

Monnalisa, nestled in the heart of Arezzo, Italy, stands as a paragon of luxury in the children’s wear domain, embodying the quintessence of Italian craftsmanship and sartorial innovation since its inception in 1968. Founded by the visionary duo, Piero Iacomoni and Barbara Bertocci, Monnalisa has not only sustained its foundational ethos of quality and creativity but has also propelled it into new heights, establishing itself as a beacon of refined fashion for the younger demographic.

What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?

Monnalisa’s commitment to sustainable development is deeply integrated into its business model:

  • Sustainable Material Sourcing: Monnalisa has placed a significant emphasis on sourcing materials that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. 
  • Eco-friendly Production Processes: Understanding the importance of reducing the environmental footprint of manufacturing, 
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling: Monnalisa actively works on reducing waste generated from its production processes and has implemented recycling programs within its operations.
  • Social Responsibility: Beyond environmental concerns, Monnalisa is dedicated to social responsibility, ensuring fair labor practices, and supporting the communities where its garments are produced. 

Why They Do It: Monnalisa’s dedication to sustainable development stems from a recognition of the fashion industry’s impact on the environment and societies worldwide. The brand is motivated by a desire to contribute positively to the planet and its people, understanding that sustainable practices are not just ethically important but are also increasingly valued by consumers. Furthermore, Monnalisa believes that luxury and sustainability can coexist, with the brand striving to be a leader in demonstrating how fashion can be both beautiful and responsible.

What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological,
organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

In its pursuit of sustainability, Monnalisa faces several significant challenges that are common within the luxury children’s wear sector and the broader fashion industry. These challenges span regulatory, financial, technological, organizational, and cultural dimensions, each impacting the brand’s ability to fully realize its sustainability goals

Here are some of the main challenges Monnalisa encounters:

  • Regulatory Variability and Compliance: One of the hurdles in implementing sustainable practices is the variability and sometimes the lack of stringent environmental regulations across different countries. Monnalisa operates on a global scale, and navigating the diverse regulatory landscapes can be complex and resource-intensive. 
  • Financial Limitations: Transitioning to sustainable materials and eco-friendly production processes often entails higher upfront costs compared to conventional methods. For Monnalisa, balancing the financial implications of these sustainability investments with the need to remain competitive in pricing, especially in the luxury market, presents a notable challenge. Additionally, the return on investment in sustainable practices can be long-term, requiring the brand to allocate resources wisely without immediate financial benefits.
  • Technological Constraints: The fashion industry’s shift toward sustainability is partly contingent on advances in green technologies, such as eco-friendly dyeing techniques, recycling processes, and biodegradable materials. Monnalisa, like many other brands, may face challenges in accessing or developing these technologies, either due to high costs or the nascent stage of some sustainable innovations. 
  • Organizational Change: Integrating sustainability into the core operations of a global brand like Monnalisa involves significant organizational change. This includes training employees, altering supply chain management, and adapting marketing strategies. Such comprehensive change demands strong leadership, a clear vision for sustainability, and the ability to manage resistance within the organization, making it a multifaceted challenge.
  • Support of Management and Cultural Shift: Achieving sustainability goals requires unwavering support and commitment from top management. It necessitates a cultural shift within the organization, where sustainability becomes a shared value and driving force. Encouraging this shift, fostering an understanding of the importance of sustainability, and aligning it with the brand’s identity and business goals can be challenging, especially in an industry often driven by trends and fast-paced changes.
  • Consumer Awareness and Demand: While there is a growing interest in sustainable fashion, not all segments of Monnalisa’s target market may prioritize sustainability to the same extent. Building consumer awareness about the value of sustainable practices and creating demand for such products, without compromising on the luxury and quality expectations, is a significant challenge. This involves educating consumers about the environmental and social impacts of their purchases and persuading them to invest in sustainable luxury fashion.

What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.

For Monnalisa the main drivers for sustainable development include evolving consumer trends towards eco-friendly products, increasing regulatory requirements for sustainability, growing market demand for ethical and sustainable fashion, advancements in recycling technologies for materials and clothing, and the imperative need to address environmental challenges. 

  1. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

Monnalisa Socially, they prioritize ethical labor practices, ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions. Economically, they focus on long-term viability, supporting local communities and fostering sustainable supply chains. Environmentally, Monnalisa adopts eco-friendly materials and production techniques, minimizes waste, and invests in recycling initiatives to reduce their ecological footprint. 

How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some steps-by step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?

What sets Monnalisa apart in the competitive landscape of children’s wear is its unyielding dedication to innovation and sustainability. The brand is continuously exploring new technologies and sustainable practices to minimize its environmental footprint while enhancing the durability and beauty of its garments. This commitment ensures that every Monnalisa piece is not just a garment but a cherished keepsake that withstands the test of time.

Monnalisa’s allure is not confined to its impeccable clothing line; the brand also offers a range of accessories that complement its fashion pieces, ensuring that every outfit is a harmonious symphony of style and functionality. From playful bags and jewelry that capture the imagination of its young wearers to shoes that blend comfort with couture, Monnalisa accessorizes the lives of its clientele with the same attention to detail and quality that it sews into its garments.

As ethical growth, Monnalisa concerns Social Responsibility: ensuring fair labor practices, and supporting the communities where its garments are produced. This includes:

ensuring safe working conditions, fair wages, and ethical treatment of workers across its supply chain. The brand’s commitment to social responsibility is aligned with its sustainability goals, recognizing that a truly sustainable business must consider both environmental and human factors.


Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they use it?

Monnalisa company positevely attended at the piloting training programme Ecomoda, involving managers and enployees. 

For more information

Website:
www.monnalisa.com/it-it

 Instagram: www.instagram.com/monnalisa_official


Lithuania

Ūkai – plastic bottles becoming socks

Adress: Vilnius, Lithuania

Intro

Ūkai, a trailblazing Lithuanian company, has wholeheartedly embraced sustainable development as the bedrock of its business ethos. Its inception in the final quarter of 2020, marked by a triumphant Kickstarter campaign, heralded the beginning of a new era in environmentally conscious manufacturing. Specializing in the production of socks, Ūkai stands out for its innovative use of sustainable materials. By incorporating a blend of RPET, organic cotton, polyamide, and elastane, Ūkai exemplifies a commitment to reducing reliance on traditional, less eco-friendly resources.

Beyond its dedication to sustainable sourcing, Ūkai places a strong emphasis on collaboration and ethical production practices. Partnering with local producers in Lithuania, the company ensures that every step of the manufacturing process upholds principles of fairness and equity. This commitment extends to guaranteeing safe working conditions and fair compensation for all workers involved in Ūkai's supply chain. Such collaborative endeavors not only bolster Ūkai's reputation as a responsible corporate citizen but also contribute to the economic well-being of local communities.

Moreover, Ūkai's conscientious approach extends to its broader environmental footprint. From production to distribution, the company strives to minimize its ecological impact at every turn. By using recycled materials for packaging and opting for shipment methods with lower environmental footprints, Ūkai exemplifies a commitment to sustainability throughout its operations. Furthermore, the company is actively engaged in pioneering closed-loop systems for product recycling, ensuring that its commitment to sustainability extends beyond the initial purchase to the end of a product's lifecycle.

In essence, Ūkai's story represents more than just a successful business venture; it embodies a transformative vision for a more sustainable future. By blending innovation with environmental stewardship and ethical business practices, Ūkai serves as a beacon of hope for companies worldwide aspiring to make a positive impact on both people and the planet.

  1. What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When did they start? Why they do it?

Ūkai focuses on manufacturing socks using a mix of sustainable materials, including RPET, organic cotton, polyamide, and elastane. They collaborate with a local producer in Lithuania, ensuring safe workplaces and fair compensation for workers. Additionally, they use recycled materials for packaging and choose shipment methods with lower environmental footprints. Embracing a collaborative approach, Ūkai allocates a portion of each sock sale to the Plastic Bank, supporting the recycling of plastic waste.

The company embarked on its sustainable business model in the last quarter of 2020 with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Their decision to prioritize sustainability stems from recognizing the growing demand for environmentally friendly products and the desire to capitalize on the go-green trend. Moreover, Ūkai aims to contribute to ocean cleanup efforts, aligning their business goals with environmental stewardship.

  1. What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

Ūkai faces several challenges in terms of sustainability. One significant obstacle is the lack of suitable recycling technologies capable of handling the diverse mix of materials used in their socks. This poses challenges in effectively recycling their products and raises questions about the efficacy of their recycling efforts. Additionally, communicating sustainability efforts effectively and maintaining consumer interest over time presents ongoing challenges for Ūkai. Despite these hurdles, the company remains committed to overcoming these challenges and continues to strive for sustainability in its operations.

  1. What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.

Ūkai is driven by several factors in its pursuit of sustainable development. Firstly, the company recognizes and responds to market trends and consumer demand for environmentally friendly products. By aligning their business practices with these trends, Ūkai seeks to meet the evolving needs and preferences of consumers who prioritize sustainability.

Moreover, Ūkai is motivated by a broader commitment to environmental stewardship, particularly in addressing the pressing need for ocean cleanup and reducing plastic waste. Recognizing the detrimental impact of plastic pollution on marine ecosystems, Ūkai actively contributes to efforts aimed at mitigating this environmental challenge. Through initiatives such as partnering with organizations like the Plastic Bank, Ūkai demonstrates its commitment to making a positive impact on the environment by supporting recycling initiatives and reducing plastic waste.

By leveraging market trends, addressing environmental challenges, and engaging in collaborative partnerships, Ūkai exemplifies a proactive approach to sustainable development. Through these concerted efforts, Ūkai not only meets consumer demand for sustainable products but also contributes to broader environmental conservation goals.

  1. How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

Ūkai adopts a multifaceted approach to address issues across social, economic, and environmental aspects as part of its commitment to sustainable development.

Socially, the company prioritizes fair treatment and compensation for its workers. By ensuring safe workplaces and fair wages for employees, Ūkai not only fosters a positive working environment but also promotes social responsibility within its operations.

Economically, Ūkai allocates a portion of its sales revenue to support recycling efforts, demonstrating a commitment to investing in sustainable practices. This financial allocation contributes to the funding of initiatives aimed at recycling materials and reducing environmental impact, thereby fostering economic sustainability while advancing environmental goals.

Environmentally, Ūkai implements various strategies to minimize its ecological footprint. This includes the use of recycled materials in its products, such as RPET, organic cotton, polyamide, and elastane, thereby reducing reliance on virgin resources. Furthermore, the company takes measures to minimize environmental footprints in production and shipping processes, such as utilizing recycled materials for packaging and selecting shipment methods with lower environmental impacts. Additionally, Ūkai works towards the establishment of a closed-loop system for product recycling, aiming to create a sustainable lifecycle for its products from production to end-of-life disposal.

By addressing social, economic, and environmental concerns through its sustainable practices, Ūkai demonstrates a holistic approach to sustainable development that encompasses the well-being of workers, economic viability, and environmental conservation. Through these efforts, Ūkai not only strives to meet its sustainability objectives but also sets an example for responsible business practices within the industry.

  1. How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?

Ūkai's innovative approach to sustainability serves as a compelling inspiration for other companies seeking to embark on a similar journey towards environmental responsibility.

First and foremost, Ūkai's example underscores the critical importance of integrating sustainability into the core business model. By placing sustainability at the forefront of their operations, Ūkai demonstrates that environmental stewardship can be both a moral imperative and a strategic advantage in today's business landscape.

Furthermore, Ūkai provides a roadmap for other companies looking to adopt sustainable practices. One key aspect is sourcing sustainable materials, as demonstrated by Ūkai's use of recycled materials such as RPET, organic cotton, and others in their products. Additionally, Ūkai's collaborative partnerships with organizations like the Plastic Bank highlight the power of collaboration in driving sustainability initiatives forward.

Moreover, education plays a crucial role in fostering consumer awareness and driving demand for sustainable products. Ūkai's commitment to educating consumers about the environmental impact of their products serves as a model for other companies looking to engage their customers in sustainability efforts. By transparently communicating their sustainability initiatives, companies can empower consumers to make informed choices that align with their values.

In summary, Ūkai's example provides a compelling case for the integration of sustainability into business practices. By sourcing sustainable materials,fostering collaborative partnerships, andA collage of different socks and flowers

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educating consumers, companies can follow in Ūkai's footsteps and contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

6.     Other relevant and useful information: do they know about ECOMODA, would they use it?

Ūkai is aware of the ECOMODA project and expresses interest in its objectives and outcomes. They recognize the potential benefits of participating in such a project, particularly in furthering their sustainability initiatives and collaborating with like-minded organizations. Ūkai is eager to contribute their expertise and learn from other industry stakeholders involved in the project.

Adress: Šiauliai, Lithuania

Website: https://www.neaustima.lt/

Intro

Neaustima stands as a beacon of sustainability and innovation in the textile industry, rooted

in Lithuania with a legacy spanning over six decades. Founded in 1963, the company has

evolved into a pioneering force, specializing in the production of needle-punched, thermal-

bonded, and spray-bonded nonwovens, alongside PES fiber balls. However, what truly sets

Neaustima apart is its unwavering commitment to sustainability, ingrained into every facet

of its operations. At the heart of Neaustima's ethos lies a dedication to utilizing recycled

textile fibers, transforming post-industrial waste into valuable resources. Through

collaborative partnerships with textile factories and upholstery furniture producers,

Neaustima sources textile waste to fuel its recycling initiatives, further reducing waste and

minimizing reliance on virgin resources. Moreover, the company's chemical-free mechanical

recycling processes underscore its environmentally friendly approach. With a customer-

centric focus, Neaustima offers tailored solutions, including recycling clients' textile waste

into fibers and producing nonwoven fabrics upon request. In essence, Neaustima epitomizes

a sustainable business model, blending technological expertise with environmental

stewardship to pave the way towards a greener future for the textile industry and beyond.

What are the main activities related to sustainable development of the business? When
did they start? Why they do it?

The company specializes in the production of needle-punched, thermal-bonded, and spray-

bonded nonwovens, as well as PES fiber balls, all while placing a primary focus on the

utilization of recycled textile fibers. This commitment to using recycled materials not only

reduces waste but also minimizes the demand for virgin resources, thus contributing

significantly to environmental sustainability.

Furthermore, Neaustima actively engages in recycling post-industrial textile waste into

fibers, further bolstering its environmental efforts. By repurposing textile waste through


mechanical recycling processes, the company effectively reduces waste accumulation and

promotes circularity within the textile industry.

Neaustima's sustainability initiatives extend beyond its own operations through

collaborative partnerships with textile factories and upholstery furniture producers. By

sourcing textile waste from these partners, Neaustima ensures a steady supply of raw

materials for its recycling endeavors. Moreover, the company's dedication to chemical-free

mechanical recycling underscores its commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

Finally, Neaustima offers a valuable service to its customers by creating and producing new

products upon request. This includes recycling clients' textile waste into fibers and producing

nonwoven fabrics as the final product, thus providing a sustainable solution for waste

management while meeting customer needs.

Neaustima's comprehensive approach to sustainable development encompasses various

activities, from utilizing recycled materials in its production processes to actively recycling

textile waste and collaborating with industry partners. Through these initiatives, Neaustima

exemplifies a commitment to environmental stewardship and circular economy principles.


What are the main challenges that they face in terms of sustainability – e.g., lack of regulations, interest, financial limitations, technological, organizational, support of the management, general understanding and needs, etc.

Lack of Regulations: In some regions, there may be inadequate regulatory frameworks

governing sustainable practices in the textile industry. This lack of clear guidelines can pose

challenges for Neaustima in implementing and adhering to sustainable practices

consistently.

Financial Limitations: Transitioning to sustainable production methods and investing in

recycling technologies often requires significant financial resources. Neaustima may face

constraints in allocating funds to these initiatives, especially if they compete with other

business priorities.

Technological Constraints: The availability and accessibility of advanced recycling

technologies can impact Neaustima's ability to efficiently process and recycle textile waste

into fibers. Technological limitations may hinder the company's efforts to scale up its

recycling operations.

Organizational Support: Implementing sustainability initiatives requires strong support from all levels of the organization. Neaustima may face challenges in fostering a culture of sustainability and ensuring buy-in from employees at various levels.

General Understanding and Needs: Educating consumers about the importance of sustainable practices and the benefits of recycled textile products is crucial for market acceptance. Neaustima may encounter challenges in raising awareness and meeting the evolving needs of environmentally conscious consumers. Addressing these challenges requires a multi-faceted approach, including advocacy for regulatory reform, strategic financial planning, investment in research and development, fostering a culture of sustainability within the organization, and ongoing consumer education and engagement efforts. Despite these hurdles, Neaustima remains committed to overcoming obstacles and advancing its sustainability agenda.

What are the main drivers for sustainable development – trends, needs, requirements, new markets, recycling materials and clothing, etc.

Neaustima is driven by various factors in its pursuit of sustainable development:

Market Trends: Increasing consumer awareness and demand for sustainable products are

significant drivers for Neaustima's sustainable development efforts. As sustainability

becomes a more prominent trend in the textile industry, the company recognizes the

importance of aligning its practices with evolving market preferences.

Environmental Needs: Growing concerns about environmental degradation and resource

depletion necessitate sustainable solutions within the textile industry. Neaustima

acknowledges the urgent need to minimize its environmental footprint and mitigate the

impacts of textile waste on ecosystems.

Regulatory Requirements: Compliance with environmental regulations and sustainability

standards is another driver for Neaustima's sustainable development initiatives. Adhering to

regulatory requirements ensures that the company operates responsibly and meets legal

obligations while advancing its sustainability goals.

Emerging Markets: The emergence of new markets for sustainable products presents

opportunities for Neaustima to expand its customer base and reach. By catering to the

needs of environmentally conscious consumers and businesses, the company can capitalize

on emerging market trends and drive sustainable growth.


Recycling Materials and Clothing: The increasing emphasis on recycling materials and

clothing provides Neaustima with opportunities to innovate and develop sustainable

solutions. By repurposing textile waste into fibers and producing nonwoven fabrics, the

company contributes to circular economy principles and promotes resource efficiency.

Overall, Neaustima recognizes that sustainable development is not only a moral imperative

but also a strategic necessity in today's business landscape. By embracing these drivers and

integrating sustainability into its core business practices, the company aims to create

positive environmental and social impacts while maintaining its competitive edge in the

market.


How they tackle the issues in the three aspects: social, economic, environmental?

Neaustima employs various strategies to address sustainability issues across social, economic, and environmental dimensions:

Social:

Fair Treatment: Neaustima ensures fair treatment and compensation for its workers,

prioritizing safe working conditions and equitable remuneration.

Collaboration: The company collaborates with textile factories and upholstery furniture

producers to source textile waste, fostering partnerships that promote social responsibility

and shared sustainability goals.

Economic:

Cost Reduction: Neaustima implements in-process recycling in its production sites to reduce

waste generation and minimize costs associated with waste disposal.

Value Creation: By recycling textile waste into fibers and producing nonwoven fabrics,

Neaustima creates value from waste, contributing to cost savings and economic

sustainability.

Environmental:

Recycling Initiatives: Neaustima actively recycles post-industrial textile waste into fibers

without the use of chemicals, minimizing environmental impact and promoting circularity in

the textile industry.

Resource Efficiency: The company prioritizes the use of recycled materials in its production

processes, such as recycled polyester (rPET) in synthetic nonwovens, to reduce reliance on

virgin resources and conserve natural materials.


Waste Reduction: Neaustima aspires to send zero waste to landfill from its operations,

implementing measures to minimize waste generation and promote sustainable waste

management practices.

By addressing social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability through these

multifaceted approaches, Neaustima demonstrates its commitment to responsible business

practices and contributes to positive environmental and social outcomes.


How their example can inspire other companies: can you provide some step-by-step process, where to start? Example for ethical growth?

Define Your Ethical Vision: Start by defining your company's ethical vision and values.

Consider what ethical growth means to your organization and how it aligns with your core

principles and long-term goals.

Conduct a Sustainability Assessment: Evaluate your current practices and identify areas

where you can improve sustainability and ethical standards. This may include assessing

resource usage, supply chain practices, labor conditions, and environmental impact.

Set Specific Goals: Establish clear and measurable goals for ethical growth and sustainability.

These goals should be aligned with your company's values and objectives and address key

areas of improvement identified in the assessment.

Engage Stakeholders: Engage stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers, and

local communities, in the ethical growth journey. Solicit feedback, ideas, and support from

stakeholders to ensure buy-in and collaboration throughout the process.

Implement Sustainable Practices: Take action to implement sustainable practices across your

operations. This may involve adopting eco-friendly manufacturing processes, sourcing

sustainable materials, reducing waste, and promoting fair labor practices.

Invest in Employee Training: Invest in training and development programs to educate

employees about ethical practices and sustainability initiatives. Empower them to contribute

to the company's ethical growth efforts and integrate ethical considerations into their daily

work.

Monitor and Measure Progress: Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor

progress towards your ethical growth goals. Regularly track and measure performance

against these KPIs to assess the effectiveness of your initiatives and identify areas for

improvement.


Celebrate Success and Share Stories: Celebrate milestones and successes along the way to

inspire and motivate employees and stakeholders. Share success stories and best practices

to demonstrate the positive impact of ethical growth and sustainability initiatives.

Continuously Improve and Adapt: Embrace a culture of continuous improvement and

adaptation. Stay informed about emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in ethical

growth and sustainability, and be willing to adapt your strategies accordingly.

Communicate Transparently: Communicate transparently with stakeholders about your

company's ethical growth journey. Share updates, progress reports, and challenges openly

and honestly to build trust and credibility with employees, customers, investors, and the

wider community.

By following these steps and drawing inspiration from Neaustima's example, companies can

embark on a transformative journey towards ethical growth and sustainability, making a

positive impact on society, the environment,

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