ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS

At Pontetorto, safeguarding the environment and developing a strong ecological awareness are perceived as a mutual responsibility.

In addition to the company’s philosophy, the other element that distinguishes Pontetorto is the high ethical standing. As a matter of fact, throughout its outstanding growth, Pontetorto has always pursued solutions that kept the environment and its sustainability at the centre, making it one of its priorities.

Pontetorto Eco-Initiatives

• The use of environmentally-friendly products
• Keeping a safe and healthy environment
• The extensive use of recycled materials
• The extensive use of recycled materials made from production waste
• The integration of natural eco-friendly raw materials
• The production of high-performance wool with no environmental impact
• The use of innovative technology powered by natural solar energy
• Reducing waste through selection and reprocessing
• The strong attitude towards environmental sustainability throughout the product lifecycle, from creation to disposal.

These actions allowed Pontetorto to successfully introduce non-polluting production processes.

Environment Safeguard

At Pontetorto, safeguarding the environment represents a daily commitment and a pivotal point for new projects aimed at improving the eco-friendly nature of our products.

EcoSystem by Pontetorto, a leading project for the environment, develops a new philosophy that sets the basis for this new overall management approach.

The EcoSystem range includes fabrics made with recycled poliester, while all yarns and polymers come from reprocessed clothes and used bottles respectively.

Pontetorto is also involved in the production of fabrics made with organic cotton.
Such cotton is grown in plantations that comply with the standards for conscentious use of chemicals and low environmental impact of ‘organic farming’.

Eco-Engineering Strategy

We reduce emissions
We reduce costs
We increase global demand for Pontetorto products

Our eco-engineering strategy aims at achieving Pontetorto’s corporate goals through sustainable actions:
• replacing sources of non-renewable energy with sources of renewable energy
• reducing the use of fossil fuel
• recycling waste products
• reducing energy consumption
• reducing deforastation

Naturally Natural Water

Alongside the EcoSystem project, Pontetorto is also undertaking other environmentally-friendly initiatives:

• The production of ‘naturally natural’ water bottles labeled Pontetorto EcoSystem with packaging specifically designed to support the policy of PET’s reuse and recycle;

• An integrated photovoltaic system with 6500 polysilicon panels installed on the plant’s roof that produce 1380 kWp, equal to approximately 95% of the total energy demand.

BIOPILE

Pontetorto is a pioneer when it comes to sustainable textile solutions and environmental protection. Pontetorto is the first fleece manufacturer to devote its efforts to a highly topical environmental issue: dangerous microplastics that contaminate waters worldwide.
Biopile is the first fabric whose pile fleece does not release any micro particles, thus protecting rivers, lakes, seas and their creatures from such danger. What makes Biopile unique is its construction. The inner roughened side of the fabric does not consist of polyester – as with conventional fleece – but 100% of Lenzing’s Tencel. This is the first fibre to be certified as biodegradable, even in marine water! On the other hand, 100% recycled polyester is used on the smoother outer surface. Should the fabric release even the smallest fleece particles during a washing process, these will decompose without residue in any environment within approximately 90 days, thus in no way endangering any living creature. Biopile combines all the benefits of higher functionality with environmental consciousness, as Tencel is considered a natural functional fibre with excellent climate regulating and moisture transporting properties.

PERPETUAL

Pontetorto uses Perpetual yarns, which are made from a breakthrough technology that converts plastic bottles into high quality sustainable filament yarns and garments.

Water Management

USE IN THE WORKING PROCESS

In the fabric finishing process, a relevant quantity of water purified per osmosis is used. This water is used to generate steam, from the boiler to the stenter machines, to wet the fabric as necessary for some important finishing operations. Once used in the productive cycle, the finishing has the authorization AUA (Unique Environmental Authorization) to proceed, in the full respect of the current legislation (AUA third part D. leg April 3rd 2006 n. 152 and L.R. 2006), with the discharge of water wasted in the public sewerage. Waste water purification system: The public sewerage used for our waste water is connected to two purification plants strategically located in proximity of the main industrial areas of Prato. Southeast of the city centre we have the purification plant so called Baciacavallo and on the west side we have the one named Calice. During working days, the first plant can handle up to 130,000 mc/d with an abatement of 100,000 kg/d abt. of COD and 4,500 kg/d of surfactants. Whereas the second plant can handle up to 39,000 mc/d with an abatement of 20,000 kg/d abt. of COD and 1,100 kg/d of surfactants.

This centralised water purification system is managed by the company GIDA S.p.A, a both public and private company.

Coming in large part from the aquifer by means of wells, the water supply for civil and industrial usage has caused the progressive impoverishment of such resource, which is no longer in the conditions to satisfy the overall needs.

GIDA, as manager of the two main sources of recyclable water, has acquired a key role in recycling waste waters. This allows to quickly respond to the water shortage, avoiding the dramatic choice between the civil or industrial use of waters. The distribution network handled by GIDA has an extension of over 60 km and supplies water to the industrial area of Macrolotto, to the city of Prato and to the industrial area of Montemurlo. Through the refinement plant that belongs to the company IDRA Scarl, 4,000,000 mc of recycled water are delivered annually.

CONCLUSION OR PREMISE
Our finishing plant does not have an internal water purification system, yet it is part of a larger and more virtuous purification and waste waters recycling system that allows the working process to have no polluting effects on the  territory and to be compliant with the laws and surrounding environment.

PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM
Panels with German technology and electrical output of 1,620 MW

ELECTRIC ENERGY PRODUCED 2018
1,890 MWh/year
Equal to the consumption of approximately 730 typical families in Italy
Equal to 68% of the requirements of our production processes

REDUCTION IN THE EMISSION OF GREEN HOUSE GASES
-1,026 tCO2/year

TONNE OF OIL EQUIVALENT PETROLEUM (TOE)
-369 TOE/year

Development of Innovative Projects

THIS IS WHAT WE DO, THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

Pontetorto has a constant commitment to the development of innovative projects focused on saving the energy from traditional sources. It is our responsibility to find the way to protect our future by:
• manufacturing recycled and renewable textiles with a lower environmental impact;
• expressing our ever growing sensitivity to environmental issues.

Certificates

Management and approval of the quality assurance process

QUALITY ASSURANCE
Excellence in quality has always been the driving force of our production process, which has made the company earn its worldwide reputation. As a matter of fact, nowadays Pontetorto means reliability thanks to a strategy of continuous improvement to keep up with the evolving international standards.

This was made possible by our state of the art lab, which applies the principles of the total quality assurance system through an extensive testing activity carried out at each stage of the production process.

For more info visit our website: http://pontetorto.it/en/certifications/

Our Eco-Partners

In order to be a fully sustainable company, we believe our supply chain also needs to be green

Pontetorto works closely with worldwide suppliers that have a sustainable identity. From recycling plastics collected at the bottom of the sea to regenerating production waste, our suppliers produce sustainable fibers, filaments and yarns to dress a greener world.

WHAT DO THEY RECYCLE?
• Pre-customer offcuts
• Plastic bottles
• Plastics from the sea