Monitor for Circular Fashion is a research project born from the synergy between SDA Bocconi Sustainability Lab and Enel X, the Enel Group line that offers services for innovation, energy transition and the circular economy. The research is also supported by Eco-Age, an integrated sustainability consultancy firm, and UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. This is an ambitious project, the first of its kind, which intends to photograph the state of the circular economy in Italian fashion. The goal is to identify new opportunities to develop a true “circular change” across the entire fashion value chain.
Monitor for Circular Fashion: a community of companies
The initiative is the first of its kind because it adopts an holistic approach to evaluate the circularity of Italian fashion. The study takes into account all the processes involved, from raw materials sourcing to the relationship with the consumer and post-consumption.
Several Italian companies, representative of the various activities that contribute to the fashion industry, have joined the project. Among these Candiani Denim, Dedagroup Stealth, Intesa by IBM, Manteco, RadiciGroup, Save The Duck, Vibram, Vitale Barberis Canonico, Vivienne Westwood, YKK. These are some of the companies with which PLM Impianti has decided to collaborate in the fashion community, to demonstrate how the textile machinery sector can contribute to the development of global sustainability with solutions that affect quality, traceability and decisions making along the value chain.
The community aims to create a dialogue about value chain transparency and traceability. Traceability is an innovative means to start changing fashion seriously, allowing the key players to validate sustainability claims and make conscious decisions based on real data. In this context, traceability means:
The ability to identify and trace the history, application, location and distribution of products, parts and materials to ensure the reliability of sustainability claims in the areas of human rights, labour (including health and safety), the environment and anti-corruption – UNECE
The project also responds to Policy Recommendation No. 46 and to the call to action proposed by UNECE as part of the “Enhancing Transparency and Traceability of Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and Footwear sector” project. The aim of the dialogue between the companies is to photograph the current state of circularity in Italian fashion, to define what will be the challenges and opportunities to face together for a sustainable and circular future. The results of the observatory will be shown in the Monitor for Circular Fashion Manifesto, a report that will outline the ability of Italian companies to apply the principles of circular economy throughout the supply chain.
PLM Impianti takes part in the Monitor for Circular Fashion
PLM Impianti is really glad to take part in this ambitious project, as sustainability is one of the main company values. We promote sustainable habits in the everyday company life, we control any process of the production cycle, we constantly work to reduce the impact of the inspection, cutting and packaging processes. As service and technology providers we want to create awareness on how technologies can implement traceability in the supply chain to the advantage of general transparency and functional to the sustainability of the fashion system.
To find out more:
Monitor for Circular Fashion by SDA Bocconi
Traceability for Sustainable Garment and Footwear – unece.org