Developing sustainable products that form the cornerstone of our business lines
One of our 4 KPIs is the part of our revenue generated by sutainable products and services.This goal represents a more transformative CSR approach, with a strong ambition: 100% sustainable products and services by 2030.
Sustainable products and services are defined as those that contribute to environmental, social and economic progress while also protecting public health. Our sustainable product offering is constantly evolving, thanks to our Group’s pursuit of excellence and our constant innovation, driven by ever-increasing customer demand for more sustainable products that positively impact our planet.
Our sustainable products ranges
Our value creation model
Sustainable 360® range
This product range is the first comprehensive collection of interlinings using eco-friendly materials, in particular BCI cotton (100% BCI cotton used from January 1, 2021), hemp, recycled polyester (GRS polyester), and cupro.
OXYGEN vegetal: This protective film is produced from more than 80% biosourced plastic (recycled from sugar cane waste).
OXYGEN recycled: This film is produced using more than 20% recycled polyethylene.
OXYGEN Lean: An innovative extrusion technology that reduces the amount of raw materials used by at least 20%.
Protective films. Unrolling a standard roll of highly-adhesive film creates the same amount of noise as a concert (or a jackhammer, i.e. more than 100 dB). This is critical when an operator is exposed to this noise for one-quarter of work time. Low Noise technology significantly reduces the noise during unrolling (<85 dB).
Nativa™ is a label that guarantees the quality and traceability of wool fibers at every stage of the value chain, from the farms where the sheep are raised and sheered, to the clothing items of fashion brands. Each link in the Nativa™-certified value chain must comply with the principles defined in its CSR protocols in terms of animal welfare, land management and industrial standards. In this respect, each year, an audit is carried out by an independent firm.
Social, environnemental, and full traceability
Technical fabric made from fully recycled materials (each square meter of fabric contains two recycled plastic bottles). The new PEARL range has all the hallmarks of a best seller with a reduced environmental impact of around 25%. ALTERRA won the best product award at the SGIA expo in New Orleans (USA) in 2017.
Lainière Santé designs technical healthcare and personal protection solutions. This comprehensive offering includes hand sanitizers, textile solutions for PPE (reusable fabric masks, masks made from recycled fabric, bactericide protective films).
Improving our carbon footprint
Chargeurs is aware of its own carbon footprint and is constantly striving to enact sustainable positive change to reduce it.
A comprehensive carbon footprint review at the Group level
To boost its eco-friendly credentials, for 2021, the Group plans to complete a comprehensive review of its carbon footprint, including investigation of Scope 3 emissions. Thereafter, a low-carbon climate strategy will be defined.
This is a key large scale project and will be a determining factor in setting the Group’s future climate strategy. It was born of the desire to be able to define a realistic carbon trajectory that would be achievable in the coming years.
The goals of this project are:
- to mobilize employees in the fight against climate change;
- to consolidate a major pillar in Group ESG strategy;
- to identify action drivers to reduce our carbon footprint;
- to become autonomous in assessing and steering our climate strategy/carbon trajectory.
Reducing use of water resources
Water resources are scarce and extremely valuable. Our goal is to reduce our consumption as well as all wastage and pollution.
An innovative dyeing process: Dope Dyeing
A strategic projected to cut water consumption is used in the Dope Dyeing process for fabrics. Use of this process is currently in the testing phase at Lainière de Picardie in France. At this site, water used solely for dyeing accounts for 20% of total water consumption.
With traditional dyeing processes (beam dyeing), it takes 30 liters of water to dye one kilogram of polyester. The Dope Dyeing process involves introducing the dye in liquid form before the thread that makes up the fabric is formed. This means that the water used in the dyeing process can be saved, without affecting the quality of the end-product.
The Dope Dye process enables a reduction in water use of 70-80% compared with traditional dyeing techniques as well as a 7% saving in energy and a reduction in chemicals used of more than 20%.
Developing the circular economy
As in any manufacturing industry, the Group’s operations use natural resources and produce waste. Monitoring and improving the end of life of our products is a major challenge.
Developing the circular economy is an opportunity to transform our business model sustainably and to reduce our environmental impacts, in particular to reduce our carbon emissions.
Transitioning to the circular economy is challenge in terms of innovation. We strive to ensure recyclability of our products right from the design stage, also ensuring they are made with recycled materials, to promote circular use of our resources.