How do we reduce the environmental impact of our business?
The textiles sector is in the midst of an environmental transformation. It is a heavy polluter, an emitter of greenhouse gases and a major user of insecticides, and the time has come to reduce its impact in the short term.
More than 10 years ago, Mulliez-Flory instituted a company policy with a strong focus on sustainable development.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
An in-depth study conducted in 2012 highlighted some of the positive results achieved thanks to our actions in past years:
- good management of CO2 emissions through overhauled, optimized freight arrangements;
- 40% of the electricity consumed on-site comes from the hydro-electric turbine;
- increased in-house awareness of thoughtful energy and waste management.
After this assessment, an emissions reduction plan was launched for each segment to establish new avenues for environmental improvements.
More virtuous fibres
In addition to organic cotton, recycled cotton and recycled polyester, other fibres can be used to make your work clothes into products that promote values and meaning.
Better product analyses to reduce their impacts
The Group has high performance tools for analysing its products life cycles. These tools will quickly enable us to determine and compare the pressure placed by a product on resources and the environment throughout its life cycle, from the extraction of the raw materials to the product's end of life treatment (dumping, recycling, etc.) by way of the natural resources employed.
This approach aims to identify the best possible balance between environmental, technical and economic requirements as well as customer expectations in the design and development of products and services in order to offer eco-designed products.
It will also allow us to give each client concrete information on how their wardrobes are manufactured.
All these approaches have launched the Group into the reasoning and dynamics of the circular economy.
Environmental policy at our different sites
- Waste sorting and recycling has been in place at all our French and production sites for eight years
- Self-generated energy: the Group rehabilitated our hydro-electric turbine with a €150,000 investment to obtain clean energy that is respectful of plant life and wildlife.
- Safeguarding biodiversity: to preserve the exceptional quality of the company's historic site, the Group's employees set up a "Flora & Fauna" community project that respects and develops the site's biodiversity:
- grounds maintenance through differentiated management;
- installation of bird houses and creation of insect hotels;
- preservation of honeycombs;
- rearrangement of a sheep barn as a refuge for small mammals
This approach has enriched the site's plant life, brought back the swallows and bats... and has also encouraged everyone to think about the respect and the relationship that we should have with regard to flora and fauna.