RESEARCH — Eurojersey, a textile business partner of CNR against microplastics pollution

Plastic ocean pollution - plastic bag and rubbish floating in ocean.

While the horrifying and growing “plastic emergency” is devastating the Pacific by polluting an area that is three times bigger than Lombardy region alone, an absolutely excellent brand specialized in run resistant fabrics production is working side by side with Centro Nazionale per le Ricerche (National Research Centre) on sustainability, irrevocable as it has become today. The first scientific data obtained by the virtuous collaboration confirm the benefits of the productive system adopted by the factory based in Varese area

The ”plastic emergency”, as the horrible, huge island of floating waste in the Pacific Ocean proves, and whose size is three times bigger than Lombardy region, does not allow for any further postponements nor hesitation. It, therefore becomes obligatory for the papers to signal all the initiatives born within the productive realities in order to stop and limit the polluting process of such dimensions. Considering the field, Detergo magazine, that addresses the textile care industry, can only give the visibility to the initiative that sees the specific research on microplastics carried out by the CNR, Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Centre) at their headquarters in Biella in collaboration with Eurojersey. The latter one, with its headquarters in Caronno Pertusella, in Varese province, has been recognized as one of the excellent Made in Italy businesses producing run resistant textiles, Sensitive® Fabrics. We have asked a few questions regarding the research results in the interview with Mrs. Michela Delle Donne, the Head of Marketing at Eurojersey.

Mrs. Delle Donne, what did the first years of Eurojersey partnership with WWF Italia mean?
“The collaboration with WWF Italia started in 2015. It represents one of the activities carried out by Eurojersey in the role of a sustainable business that focuses on the protection of our environment beyond the boundaries of the company.
The topic of the new, 3-year partnership is water as our planet’s resource. It will involve solid initiatives that aim at the protection of our seas and deal with the sustainable fishing, sharks protection issues and wellbeing indicators of our sea eco-system”.
– What were the origins of the program initiated in 2007, the SensitivEcoSystem®?
“The SensitivEcoSystem® project was born here at Eurojersey as a result of the willingness to measure the environmental impact that the production of our textiles, Sensitive ® Fabrics can have, and work on it. It is about process sustainability because we are monitoring every single stage of the production in order to reduce the use of water, energy, chemical products and CO2 emissions together with a careful waste management procedure”.
What about the Sensitive®Fabrics line in such context?
“Eurojersey produces the patented range of fabrics, Sensitive ® Fabrics only. It is an exclusive weave of nylon and elastomeric lycra fiber. Measuring the impact allowed us to improve the performance of our Sensitive® Fabrics”.
– What were the reasons for starting the studies together with the CNR from Biella?
“Our company wanted to verify the presence of microplastics in our fabrics washing and drying stages. The project
started as a consequence of our willingness to verify it”.
– What are the results of the research?
“The results are quite encouraging for us, actually. The compact construction of our fabrics, obtained through continuous spinning, allows for a limited release of microplastics if compared to other fabrics from the same category. We are going to continue the collaboration with the CNR institute to further deepen the topic”.
– What are the considerations of Eurojersey?
“The topic of microplastics in textiles definitely constitutes current news, yet we believe there is still quite a lot of con fusion about this and still today, there isn’t any single clear method on the classification of microplastics release in our sector”.
– What is the significance of the participation in the ZDHC international program that aims at eliminating the chemical polluting substances from textile processes by 2020?
“It is a very important participation for Eurojersey as it translates to the possibility of being able to manage chemical  products within the productive processes better together with the training of our chemical manager who interacts with various company functions and suppliers in order to define actions aiming at both product and production improvement”.
– What is our future, according to Eurojersey?
“A more sustainable future, definitely. From our side, for more than ten years, we have been following an eco-friendly
production policy aiming at the protection of the environment and our territory.” •


by Stefano Ferrio

Detergo Magazine March 2019