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The circular economy is one of the drivers of Moncler’s sustainability strategy. It is a model that integrates innovation and sustainability from the ideas stage of garments to the end of their life. The challenge is to minimise resources used for production, extend product life and promote the reuse of materials. To implement a circular economy model it is necessary to integrate sustainability into products and processes by taking action in different areas. These range from choosing the most eco-sustainable materials, to initiatives to extend product use and life, such as repair services or “second life” projects, to garment design that facilitates recovery and recycling, to production, distribution and
packaging processes with low environmental impact. These are all matters that require an aptitude for innovation, to experiment with new solutions and collaborate with all the players in the supply chain.
Some of the key principles of the circular economy, such as garment durability, have always been part of Moncler’s DNA. The high quality of Moncler products guarantees they have a very long average life. In addition, the down used, the heart of every single jacket, is an excellent example of circular economy, coming exclusively from geese in the food chain, of which they are a by-product. Down is also a biodegradable material.
As part of its sustainability plan, Moncler has set challenging targets for the circular economy and in 2019, had already launched sustainable products, such as the BIO-based and carbon neutral down jacket and a range of recycled garments within the Moncler Grenoble collection. In addition, during the year, Moncler launched a Life Cycle Assessment analysis to quantify the potential impact associated with some products and raw materials. This analysis, which is based on a structured methodology and in line with ISO 14067, represents a useful tool to start considerations on the sustainability of products, processes and materials used.
As a result of its constant research into innovative solutions with a low environmental impact, Moncler introduces a BIO-based and carbon neutral down jacket made with plant-based fabrics and accessories. The down jacket was developed using a renewable raw material that allows a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to a fossil origin source. In addition, the emissions generated throughout the life cycle of the down jacket are offset through REDD+ certified projects, focused on preserving the Amazon rainforest. Based on
the collaboration with the research and development departments of Moncler’s partners, the jacket was made with fabric, lining, buttons and
zips derived from castor beans, while all the other components are of natural origin. The castor plant itself is a sustainable and renewable source: it does not affect food supply as it is cultivated in arid regions not intended for agriculture, and it requires extremely small amounts of water to grow. The resulting fabric guarantees the high levels of quality and technicality of Moncler
garments’ signature standard.
Each single component of the jacket is also totally recyclable from a circular economy perspective. With its BIO-based down jacket, Moncler reaffirms its commitment to encouraging research into and experimentation with alternative solutions that contribute to counteracting climate change.
In October 2019, the Company introduced a range of recycled garments within its Moncler Grenoble collection, whose materials combine sustainability, performance and design excellence, all
distinctive features of the collection that has always had a purely sporting vocation well-known for its technical performance. Theline is made up of fourteen models, four for women and ten for men.
Garments include jackets in recycled nylon, as well as a sweatshirt derived from plastic bottles recycled with POLARTEC technology. For each sweatshirt produced 34 plastic bottles are used.