Home > Showroom
CANEPA, HIGH-END FABRICS ARE GREEN
Green, greener than ever before. Green like sustainability, mindful of the environment and dangerous emissions. This is the "green" of Canepa, a Como-based company that produces fabrics of the highest quality, such as silk and jacquard for the world's major fashion houses.
An attentiveness that begins with the production process and continues on to the actual finished product.
Canepa has signed up to Greenpeace's "Detox Solution Commitment", the environmental group's program that calls for the elimination of all toxic substances from manufacturing, throughout all the different stages of the production process.
The company's suppliers are required to disclose the quantities of hazardous chemical substances emitted, guaranteeing those who live in the vicinity of textile factories the right to receive accurate information concerning the discharge of dangerous substances into the environment.
The long-term target date, set at January 1, 2020, is the elimination of all toxic materials from the entire production cycle.
Furthermore, Canepa is working to eliminate methacrylamide, a substance with increased risks of toxicity.
The "Detox Solution Commitment" seeks to eliminate all those toxic substances that are currently in use in the world of fashion by the year 2020.
Canepa was the first textile manufacturing company to publicly sign up to the project, because high quality cannot but be associated with being 'green'.
The company has already implemented many concrete actions.
The company's head office, in San Fermo della Battaglia in Como, has had a photovoltaic system installed on its roof that covers an area of about 10,000 square metres; whilst the area covered by the photovoltaic system installed at its weaving mill in Salento, measures around 6800 square metres. The "Save the water" project has also been of fundamental importance; it includes the opening of a Canepa Evolution Research Centre for the study of evolutionary techniques in production, with two key objectives, i.e. protecting the environment and absolute quality.
A patent has also resulted in a 90% reduction in the use of polluting elements, compared to the old production techniques with doubling and twisting with water soluble yarns.
The introduction of these new methods has resulted in a twelve-fold reduction in water consumption, compared to the more traditional weaving techniques; this is attributable to the use of a product obtained from chitin (a protein contained in the external skeleton of crustaceans) that is biodegradable and totally non-toxic.
Canepa, that has an annual turnover of around €100 million, employs approximately 800 people, 25% of whom are creative technicians, which allows the company to create more than 20,000 original jacquard designs.
The company produces 5 million metres on over 150 looms, and it guarantees a superior quality fabric; this is also as a result ofthe significant investments made to always use the latest technologies available on the market.