Etika by Chimont International
Material composed of FSC-certified virgin cellulosic fibers and synthetic latex (6-24%), softened and dyed using products that comply with current standards, with no water waste and no air emissions. All items make use of FSC-labeled pulp.
The Forest Stewardship Council (or FSC for short) is an international nonprofit, independent, third-party NGO (nongovernmental organization) that has established an internationally recognized forest certification system. The certification aims to ensure proper forest management and traceability of derived products. The FSC logo ensures that the entire wood-paper supply chain is derived from environmentally friendly, socially beneficial and economically sustainable forest management. As is well known, materials consisting of cellulose have a hard, rigid structure (wood, paper, cardboard) and, until now, no technology had been identified to obtain cellulose that was soft and strong enough to be used in the leather, footwear and apparel industries.
The cellulose used by Chimont International, which underwent biodegradability testing at the University of Bologna's Department of Agri-Food Science and Technology using the ISO 14855 method, gave an aerobic biodegradation result under controlled 90-day composting conditions of 81.5 percent (the threshold value is set at 90 percent). Chimont International has invested in research to come up with machinery, products and processes that would achieve the technical parameters required by the market, while maintaining a high focus on the ecological and environmental aspect, developing a softening and dyeing process with no water waste, no air emissions and zero discharge.
This softened cellulose has been given the name "ETIKA".
- The chemicals used for the softening and dyeing process are all water-based and contain no chemicals classified as harmful, toxic or hazardous.
- The plant used to soften the pulp allows the entire process to be carried out without wastewater discharges.
- The drying stage is conducted in special facilities heated to 30°C, and the extracted moisture is condensed and collected.
- For the finishing stage we use our layertech technology, which enables surface finishing in a very short time, with very low environmental impact and reduced energy consumption.
- It is possible to customize items and impart the desired mechanical strengths, as well as to couple various fabrics (cotton, linen, hemp or synthetics) to improve tear resistance and create the lining.