Sustainability and Innovation
Sustainability through attitude, innovation through vocation
Sustainable development is development that meets needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Filatura Tollegno 1900 guarantees sustainability by taking action on the full scale of it.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an international and independent certification system involving raw materials, semi-finished and finished products of the textile sector such as raw, dyed and finished yarns, fabrics and knits but also buttons, zippers and labels. The aim is to ensure a high level of product safety in order to protect the final consumer.
For this reason, the criteria for obtaining certification are very demanding and provide for periodic and in-depth checks regarding the use of chemical substances. OEKO-TEX® is particularly committed to providing scientific tests based on an extensive, strict and rigorous list of requirements involving several hundred individual substances, including both limit values established by legislative provisions and numerous chemical substances considered dangerous for human health or the environment but not yet regulated.
The request for certification is completely voluntary and represents the will of responsible and correct use of chemicals.
Mulesing is a surgical practice used in sheep farms that consists in removing a skin part of the perianal area of animals in order to protect them from infectious diseases transmitted by some fly larvae. This practice, still quite widespread among Australian producers, is invasive and very painful.
Some environmental associations have carried out awareness campaigns in order to protect animals, also offering various alternatives to this problem. For this reason, many producers declare that they only use wool from farms that guarantee certain standards of animal welfare.
HOW WE ENSURE ANIMAL WELFARE
For us, the protection and respect of every living being are of fundamental importance, we are committed to encouraging sustainable actions that minimize stress and discomfort situations. We promote internationally recognised best practices to ensure animal health and welfare.
Animal welfare is defined according to Five Fundamental Freedoms:
Freedom from hunger and thirst: free and constant access to fresh water and correct diet to maintain health and vigour. Freedom to discomfort: providing an appropriate environment with shelter and a resting area.
Freedom from pain, unease and wounds: with rapid prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Freedom to express normal behaviour: with sufficient space, appropriate facilities and with the possibility of relating to animals of the same species.
Freedom from fear and stress: ensuring conditions and treatments that avoid suffering, including mental suffering.
The natural fibers we use
Name: Cashmere Goat
Scientific Name: Capra Hircus Laniger
History: Cashmere Goat is believed to be native to the Kashmir region, a territory located northwest of India. The word Cashmere derives from an anglicisation of Kashmir. (N.d.T)
Fibre: long, very smooth and soft to the touch. It is present in nature in different shades, from white (the most valuable) to brown.
Origin: Central Asian regions, such as China and Mongolia, but also Iran, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.
Name: Angora Goat
Scientific Name: Capra Aegagrus Hircus
History: it is believed that the Angora goat has very ancient origins dating back to more than 3000 years ago thanks to a genetic mutation of the hair of the original goat population of Turkey, probably from the city of Ankara (formerly Angora) (N.d.T.), from which it would also derive its name.
Fibre: characterized by its white colour, it has particular reflective properties and a good aptitude for dyeing.
Origin: the world’s largest producer of Mohair is South Africa (our company uses the fibre from this country, as it is the most valuable and of the best quality), followed by Lesotho, Argentina, the USA, Australia and Turkey.
Scientific Name: Camelus Bactrianus
History: very widespread in the regions of Central Asia, it seems to be native to the Bactrian region, a territory between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
Fibre: long and thick, red-brown in colour. There are also some white variants, highly sought-after and valuable but also rare. It has good thermal properties.
Origin: mainly China and Mongolia.
Name: Angora rabbit
Scientific Name: Oryctolagus Cuniculus Domesticus
History: Angora rabbit is one of the oldest varieties of domestic rabbit, which originated in Ankara (formerly known as Angora). In Europe it has spread since the mid-eighteenth century.
Fibre: white, long and soft, it can reach a length of 8 cm. It is characterized by good resistance and a silky nature.
Origin: today China is the leading manufacturer of this fibre, followed by France (our company uses only French Angora, as this country guarantees animal welfare and the quality of fibres is excellent).
Name: Merino Sheep
Scientific Name: Ovis Aries Aries
History: Merino Sheep has very ancient origins in the regions of the Middle East. Only later did it spread to Morocco, the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe.
Fibre: it is characterized by shades of colour ranging from ivory to brown, with a length between 4 and 35cm. It also has properties such as good elasticity, hygroscopicity, has excellent thermal resistance and is thermoregulator.
Origin: almost half of world production comes from Australia (our company only uses wool from Australia, New Zealand and Argentina), followed by China, New Zealand, Iran, Argentina and the United Kingdom.
Scientific Name: Bombix Mori
History: the use of this fibre has very ancient origins and is believed to date back to the 18th century BC during the Huangdi Chinese Empire.
Fibre: it is durable and light, characterized by shine, hygroscopicity and good insulating properties.
Origin: East Asia, especially widespread in China, India and Uzbekistan, but also in Brazil, North Korea and Turkey.
Scientific name: Vicugna pacos
History: it is a domestic camelid descending from the vicuña and it comes from the Peruvian Andes.
Fibre: this fiber is characterized by a very wide chromatic scale (22 officially recognized colours), it is soft, warm and is highly appreciated for its brilliance and lightness.
Origin: South America, especially Peru and Bolivia