Sustainability

The focus of #WorldEnvironmentDay and #WorldOceansDay is on protecting the oceans

Canepa has taken up the challenge from Greenpeace to make fashion toxic-free by 2020

Today, 5 June, we are celebrating World Environment Day, established by the United Nations in 1972. The theme set for this year’s event is the fight against plastics in the sea. 
On 8 June, in close connection with today’s event and its theme, we will also be celebrating World Oceans Day, established by the United Nations on 8 June 1992. 




Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic waste are discharged into the oceans: it is a real environmental emergency. There are currently estimated to be 150 million tons of plastics in the world's oceans. According to the Italian environmental agency Legambiente, there are 58 pieces of litter per square kilometre in the Mediterranean, 96% of which is made up of plastic. In Italy, there are on average 620 pieces of litter for every 100-metre stretch of beach, with plastic accounting for 80% of them. The main celebrations for this year's World Environment Day will be held in India, one of the world’s biggest polluters.
The slogan will be "Beat plastic pollution. If you can't reuse it, refuse it". The aim is to encourage alternatives to disposable plastics, especially through the development of new materials.

Canepa - which has made the innovation of its production processes with the aim of minimizing their environmental impact into its trademark - strongly supports and promotes these global celebration days.


For many years now, Canepa has been engaged in supporting environmental sustainability through patents and major investments in the innovation of industrial processes. Canepa’s mission is to promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion industry. Thanks to SAVEtheWATER®, a patented method that allows significant reductions in water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions, along with the total elimination of toxic substances, Canepa is now a global leader in sustainable textile manufacturing.


The development of the SAVEtheWATER® Kitotex® programme has required major investments of time and resources. Thanks to these innovations, Canepa is now able to reduce very substantially the water and energy consumption and carbon footprint of its manufacturing processes, as well as to eliminate harmful and polluting substances. Today, Canepa is making its know-how available to others through licensing agreements with companies and partners in the textile-clothing supply chain. 


Honouring its commitment to environmental preservation and protection, Canepa has embraced the challenge from Greenpeace to have toxic-free fashion by 2020 by signing the agreements in the Detox Solution Commitment. The Como-based company is the first textile company in the world to have made a public commitment to a cleaner fashion industry, including through the replacement of machinery and the elimination of harmful substances used in standard textile manufacturing processes.



For full details on the SAVEtheWATER® Programme, visit the Sustainability section

Published on 05 June 2018

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