Cobat spa, the largest circular economy platform in Italy, controlled by the Innovatec group, has established Cobat Tessile, the Italian voluntary consortium for the collection, treatment and recovery of end-of-life textile products. Cobat Tessile is attended by producers (F.lli Campagnolo Spa, Leva Spa, Remmert Spa), associations of small, medium and large industries (Cna, Confartigianato, Casartigiani and Confindustria Toscana Norda); the company active in the recycling sector Tintess Spa. On 23 December 2021, Cobat Tessile filed a party request with the Ministry of Ecological Transition to activate the European standard of extended producer responsibility (Epr) in Italy, relating to the management of end of life of fabrics.
The Consortium’s mission is to make producers, users and importers of products made of fabric and waste deriving from production activities protagonists of the circular economy, transforming theiror end-of-life products in new raw materials or energy. Cobat Tessile helps member companies to pursue sustainable development that brings benefits not only to the environment, but also to the entire national economic system, reducing waste and generating new raw materials, guided by the values of transparency, efficiency, and sustainability. The consortium offers its member producers integrated and customized environmental management services, with particular attention to end-of-life management and reuse, as reported in the Eu Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles document, presented on 30 March by the European Commission. Furthermore, considerable attention is paid to the Research and Development of new technologies for the correct recovery of raw materials to be placed on the market by reducing water and energy consumption.
“The establishment of Cobat Tessile – said the president Maurizio Sarti – responds to the new challenges that the company is setting itself up. Thanks to the Cobat platform, heir to a history of over thirty years, matured with the management of a multiplicity of supply chains, the newborn consortium faces with resilience the changes in rules and the market, able to innovate through the circular economy “. “While waiting for – underlined the president Sarti – the country adopts the standard on Extended Producer Responsibility, the goal is to spread the importance of sharing knowledge to all the players in the supply chain to offer all Italian companies interested in end of life of textile products, integrated services that are increasingly competitive and sustainable, at an environmental, economic and social level. “