A few years ago, we tentatively started a sustainable route, more than anything else it was a “way of feeling” we had, but which drove us, with increasingly bigger steps, into a world where such a theme is of crucial import for our generations and the future ones.
First, we accepted our responsibilities – we are all part of the problem – yet that does not mean that we cannot do anything, on the contrary.
Why not begin to plan a sustainable route with the declared intention of following the 3P principles (People, Planet, Profit or, better, Prosperity) with a view towards corporate strategic sustainability. CSR, namely Corporate Social Responsibility.
A CSR approach induces us to take on a responsible conduct which, by working in a synergic, integrated way with the concept of business, represents a plus and the necessary condition to continue with respectful development.
New Life publishes the first Sustainability report
Sustainability has always been fundamental to company activities, from a perspective of circular economy and support to the territory.
In 2022, our company decided to devise a structured path to map its sustainable activities and communicate them to its stakeholders.
New Life has committed to having a photograph of actions under way and to detecting potential improvement strategies in its several areas of activity.
The outcome is our first corporate company report, a document allowing one to grasp the values which have always inspired the company’s operation, adding concreteness to them with initiatives and projects, and by communicating their social and environmental impacts.
Said themes have been the subject matter of analyses and elaboration, while guiding the drawing up of a document which was actually generated with the objective of meeting our stakeholders’ communicative expectations.
With the Materiality Analysis, several aspects have emerged, allowing New Life to classify its own commitments, from a sustainability viewpoint, into four strands.
Transparency and impact reporting
Social growth and increasing the worth of people
Circular Production Model
Together for a clean ocean
Seaqual® initiative is a unique collaborative community, fighting against plastic pollution.
New Life adheres to such initiative and, for its articles, chooses coverings created with Seaqual® Yarn.
Seaqual® Yarn is a high-quality, 100% post consumption, recycled polyester yarn, and contains about 10% of Seaqual® Marine Plastic (plastic waste collected out at sea), the remaining 90% is post consumption P.E.T. deriving from terrestrial sources.
Seaqual® Yarn is used in various sectors, such as clothing, accessories, contract market carpeting/upholstery and the automotive.
Our fabrics Oceanic, Quest and Sealife are created with Seaqual® Yarn.
The biomass plant that heats our production department
At the beginning of year 2022, our new heating system started to work at New Life, provided with a Biomass boiler.
Wishing to operate within a logic of virtuous recycling, the sawdust/wood shavings generated during the processing required to produce our wooden seating, becomes precious since it feeds our boiler, thus generating the heat necessary to warm up the production area within our factory.
The plant burns the sawdust/wood shavings to produce steam. Once channelled into piping, the steam makes our turbines work, turbines which, in turn, produce electric energy to heat our production areas.
With its commissioning and start up, we eliminated the stocking and disposal issue of our production scraps, and renewable energy is produced by reducing our Co2 emissions in the region of 79%, to contribute to a more efficient company and a cleaner world.
Read the interview to Ondina Battisacco – Newlife’s Accounting Manager
Biodiversity, an evocative word to define nature’s diversity and its richness
That is why we wished to have our own, small “lowland wood” which is growing and will slowly take on the looks of a little “forest in the plain”.
According to recent studies linked to the pollution disaster, one tree can reduce to nought 4,000 kg. of carbon dioxide in a 20-year-long life, blocking even the dangerous PM10 fine particles, and lower the temperature of the surrounding environment during the hottest, muggiest summers.
Long life wishes to the trees in our garden!
Our little lowland wood
To create the new garden, with a view to ensuring sustainability, research was carried out on our territory’s autochthonous plants. Whence the discovery of the existence, in centuries passed, of lowland woods, namely ones of the plain, by now almost all extinct.
By following a text published by FVG’s Regional Administration, titled “Forest vegetation and sylviculture in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia Region”, we selected the plants: Hornbeam, Common Oak, Field Elm, Raywood Ash and Field Maple.
In its small corporate garden, New Life wants to contribute, albeit in a symbolic way, to the rebirth of an ancient, small Lowland Wood.
Èlia | Èlio designed by Marco Zito: a project under banner of concreteness
The collection, based on a clear, deep sense of proportion and naturality, is an apparently effortless, synthesis-achieving route, leading to a strongly identifying expressive essentiality and to perceivable functionality.
Solid FSC ® ash wood, partly deriving from the territory’s woodland, Certipur® certified upholstery and covering fabrics selected among the more sustainable ones, recycled or in natural fibres.
Our proposal ranges from 100% recycled cotton to polyester fabrics, 100% post consumption recycled from used plastic bottles, and then comes Quest, a fabric generated within the SEAQUAL® initiative, planned to combat marine pollution caused by plastic and to secure a waste-free environment.
It is entirely made of recycled polymeric fibres, 75% in SEAQUAL®, a yarn obtained starting from plastic waste collected out at sea, and 25% from bottles destined to landfills. Moreover, it is tinged with non-metallic dyes.
A small drop in the mission to clean up both planet Earth and its ocean