Sustainability is one of the main pillars of Fulgar's social responsibility policy and is well expressed by the slogan “a better way to the future”. These words sum up Fulgar's keen environmental awareness and fierce determination to preserve and enhance the global ecosystem. Fulgar's environmental policy rests on three cornerstones: a low energy consumption production process, close attention to material recycling and the usage of a traceability system for the final product. All of this provides the consumer with sterling guarantees. Ever faithful to this policy, our Company has come up with a whole spread of versatile yarns with sustainable and functional fibres which suit many different purposes.
Low energy consumption processes
"Our energy savings policy is applied to all the group plants without distinction and standards are invariably in keeping with local regulations. In this sense, Italy is a hothouse for environmental innovation. It pioneers its systems to test their validity on home ground before exporting them to foreign soil.
Energy impinges greatly on the competitiveness of the end-product; one of our most successful experiments has been an internal illumination system involving wide-scale installation of LED lights throughout our facilities. However, on these same premises, we have a strong preference for natural daylight especially in our yarn department. Not only does it make ecological sense, it is also more restful on the human eye.
Since 1995 Fulgar has been Oeko tex Standard 100 class1 certified and in 2009 it became the first European polyamide 6.6 manufacturer to have obtained the EU Ecolabel for environmental excellence. Another feather in Fulgar's ecological cap.
EU-Ecolabel is the European eco-seal that rewards products and services with the best environmental performance, taking into account their impact throughout the entire product life cycle. To be able to achieve this, we had to set up an environmentally-friendly manufacturing system which allowed us to preserve high competitiveness on the international market."
Successfully dealing with the environmental risk factor means keeping careful tabs on air and water quality throughout the production process as well as keeping production materials down to a bare minimum. An internally-designed water resource management system enables us to keep water consumption at optimum levels. Water is chiefly utilised for air and equipment cooling devices and is drawn from an internal network of water chambers which entirely covers the facility's requirements. Similarly, technologically advanced equipment combined with renewable energy usage work in unison to keep emissions into the atmosphere down to a minimum.
"Our production waste management and recycling policy is based on the concept that all materials can be used again after the production cycle, and this includes paper and plastic packaging. Fulgar recycles over 63% of the materials used during the production cycle.
Our company has also started using environmentally-friendly wooden pallets for goods handling; these pallets have been made with timber coming from certified environmentally-managed forests and have been mounted using 100% renewable energy.
The pallets used within the facility are made from metal and are reused constantly; an electrical conveyance system moves the yarns around the facility, thus ensuring zero carbon dioxide emissions.
As for packaging, 20% is reused at least once. Yarn deliveries to the nearby industrial district take place without using external packaging."
"Raw materials and semi-finished products undergo a variety of tests to assess quality and ensure worker safety standards. Fulgar places a strong emphasis on customer transparency and this is one of the reasons why Fulgar asks its raw material suppliers to provide a Reach Declaration which contains information on substances delivered, with an explanation of the intended usage of these substances.
With consumer welfare in mind, Fulgar has also voluntarily adhered to the Italian TF traceability system: this serves as a genuine product ""passport"" as it contains basic and key information, such as the exact whereabouts of the main manufacturing stages of the garment on sale. All the data is summarised on a special label bearing an alphanumerical code which stores the product's entire life cycle. Clearly, this label indicates whether the product has a clean bill of health and ethically sound origins."
Health and safety in the workplace
Fulgar is highly sensitive to health and safety on the workplace, being well aware of how important staff wellbeing is to achieving its set goals; thus, it goes to great lengths to avert any possible risks and to ensure that current safety regulations are observed.
Our Company complies with Italian UNI 7249:2007 standards which assess health and safety on the workplace.
Another mainstay of our commitment to health and safety is our security management system based on UNI/INAIL standards. This health and safety management system enables us to systematically plan and manage our occupational health and safety performance.