What does sustainability mean?
A simple question but full of different nuances.
We asked it to all our companies: here are the answers of l'Opificio and Quagliotti
Sustainability for l’Opificio
The company commitment towards sustainability is structured in different directions: from the choice to propose only healthy furnishing fabrics and velvet, to the reduction of waste, to gender equality to lifelong learning.
- Concerning healthy and safety of the product, the company has always sought to exceed the request of the law choosing to exclude completely the use of formaldehyde and heavy metals in the production process to protect the employees and the final user
- The company has chosen to propose long-lasting fabric and velvet collections to avoid the concept of “fast use” and consumerism.
- The company has adhered to the circular economy concept and to the reduction of waste implementing various activities like a cautious planning of the fabric and velvet stock, creating long lasting collections, improving the quality check to reduce to the minimum possible returns, reusing exceeding textile to prepare samplings and small gadgets or supporting charities requests
- l’Opificio considers the employees as a fundamental asset, as they are bearer of added value and competitive advantage, therefore it recognises them an adequate role and empowerment. Furthermore, it offers them the possibility of lifelong learning on- and off-line to maintain and improve their expertise.
- Since its inception, l’Opificio supports female employment also through the organisation of the work that implements a good balance between professional and private life.
For l’Opificio sustainability, before being an entrepreneurial attitude, it is common sense and life style. This being a company value firmly shared among all the company employees.
Sustainability for Quagliotti
Sustainability has always played a central role for Quagliotti. Its history is closely linked to the Piedmont area and the nearby Langhe.
In fact, from the very beginning, the company has sustained, as a founding member, the project of the Pollenzo Agency, a cultural and gastronomic center started in the late nineties by Slow Food and today registered in the UNESCO World Heritage.
Since 1933 Quagliotti professionalism is represented in the production, weaving and tailoring internally.
Creating well-made items, elements of quality, which are destined to last over time, all of this is sustainability.