“We are profoundly certain: the business growth has to go hand in hand with the respect towards the environment and the wellbeing of the people live in it”.
This is the ethic/ecological approach of Lanificio Zignone.

A tenable vision which respects the natural beauty of the valleys in Biella, where our factories are located; to the transparency of the whole productive cycle; to the improvement of the quality of life of the local community. This method of doing business guarantees an Apeo free and Chrome free environment.
The working process will therefore be free from Alchifenolo Etossilato and Chrome, bioaccumulative and persistent surfactants, with an elevated protection of the environment, water organisms and wellbeing.

Zone is the first collection in the world made with certified organic fibre ICEA, Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale. ICEA has certified that Lanificio Zignone has aligned itself with the requirements requested by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Version 2.0.2008, related to the production of fabrics made with natural fibres from organic farming.

The Zone collection includes high-quality wool, woven keeping the environment in mind and subject to a system of total traceability. Produces entirely in Italy, it guarantees:

  • Organic wool from animals who where not treated with hormones, steroids, antibiotics, vaccines and who’s nutrition is Free from OGM, pesticides, chemicals, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides;
  • No chemical products hazardous to environment have been used in the individual production phases. The GOTS process, with which Zignone has chosen to conform, is one of the most rigorous in this field.

The respect Zignone has towards the environment is expressed in concrete ways, by the realization of a depurator, which is able to minimise the water consumption. The implant is able to treat all the water used during the production process and bringing it back to its original state. It consists of two oxygenated basins, in which the bacteria from the sludge attack the majority of the harmful substances, and a third process composed of a sand filter and three carbon active filters. The active carbon filters all the water, guaranteeing maximum efficiency in eliminating the dyes and soaps used in the production process. This way the company is able to recover at least 50% of its industrial drain waters, which is equivalent to 30.000 cubic metres of the initial consumption annually.

A photovoltaic system was installed to minimise the Co2 emission, which are used during the production process. The sun’s energy currently provides 20% of the energy supply necessary for the mill. Technically, 930 photovoltaic Sharp modules have been installed, covering 1.530 square metres of surface area. The highest power reached by the implant is equal to 195.30 kwp, and these parameters have been defined to guarantee the reduction of harmful gases and the greenhouse effect.

The benefits are multiple:

  • From the point of view of the environment, minimal greenhouse gas emission;

  • From the energy point of view, indirect reduction of the use of fossil fuels and the reduction of use of the electricity network, with minimal loss in the transport and distribution of energy;
  • From the economic point of view, over time, there is a reduction in costs on energy supply, taking into account that the energy costs are linked to increasing fluctuations in the price of petroleum in the international markets.

Lanificio Zignone, having within the establishment the whole production process, feels the necessity to reduce energy consumption. That is why they have enrolled an external auditing company to monitor the actual consumption, finding the best solutions to minimise them, with the objective of getting an energy optimisation certification.