Sustainability according to Lampo

Face to face with Gaetano Lanfranchi

What are the main steps you have taken towards sustainability?

We have always focused on environmental sustainability; we just used to call it by a different name: ‘common sense’. Our metal scraps, risers, and flash have always been sold to specialised operators who use them as raw material. Over the years we have also invested in our fully integrated, entirely Made in Italy production process, including: setting up a hardware plant that has reduced water consumption by 30%; treating exhaust fumes according to BAT (Best Available Techniques) to keep emissions in line with the highest ecological standards; redesigning our lighting by installing photovoltaic panels on our weaving plant and switching all the light fittings in our companies from neon to LED. We are also going to introduce photovoltaic technology to all our premises soon. Buildings have been fitted with modern heat insulation technologies to minimise energy consumption and emissions and our heating systems have been upgraded with condensing boilers.

What is your approach towards eco certifications?

We voluntarily certified our products under the strictest Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class I for childrenswear. We joined Greenpeace’s DETOX protocol when it launched to help eliminate harmful substances from clothing. We are T&F certified for traceability in the fashion supply chain. We have ISO 14001 and 45001 certifications at our dyeing and hardware plant and should shortly obtain GRS certification for all our ribbons. It seems clear that a single standard for our sector would be very useful.

How do you communicate your ‘green’ policies?

In addition to a dedicated area on our website, we also use social media and the trade press with ADV and dedicated material. We also run co-marketing operations with companies that support us as we move to become an “Increasingly greener Lampo”.

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