“Throwing things away” has always been contrary to our philosophy

Recycling has always been part of the Calzedonia Group's company culture, and throwing things away has always been contrary to our philosophy. Wastefulness is the opposite of all that we believe in, and can also be seen as a hindrance to the improvement of company results.

For this reason, we have always tried to encourage recycling and a reduction in the use of precious resources.

In other sections, we have hinted at how we recycle packaging and materials that result from industrial processes, and the general recycling of waste carried out in all our facilities.

Recycling pays, always

2011Encouraging recycling
2 MLNkg of clothing TO BE RECYCLED

Even in our shops, and referring to our products, in 2011 we have encouraged recycling in collaboration with several textile recycling specialist. The ultimate fate of the items of clothing collected varies according to our collaborators. The higher quality clothes are donated to charity or re-sold and the proceeds then donated to associations for development projects. Poorer quality clothes are instead processed and recycled.

At Intimissimi shops, for example, from February to the end of June and from September through December, we promote a recycling campaign (Recycling Pays), which includes the in-store drop-off of used garments in any material (knitwear, pajamas, panties and bras) that are then recycled, which can be from any brand (not just Intimissimi). In exchange, participants will be given a store credit for each garment dropped off. Other brands, such as Falconeri, have launched similar initiatives to incentive reycling of used items. Starting autumn 2021, the clothing collection campaign was also extended to include the Tezenis brand.

From the first Recycling Pays campaign to the end of 2018, our boutiques have collected over 2,000,000 kg of clothing to be recycled.


With the work we are doing to recover and use hosiery, we will be simplifying post-consumer recycling. This project concerns approximately 80% in weight with respect to the Calzedonia hosiery collection sold worldwide.

In addition, in November 2021, Atelier Emé collaborated with Mending for Good, a consultancy firm specialised in design-driven upcycling solutions for the creation of the “Re-Love” collection. The clothes were deconstructed and reconstructed within the brand’s laboratories, whilst Mending for Good was entrusted with the decoration, through painting on fabric, embroidery and hand decoration techniques. The Re-love collection is also the result of training that involved two social cooperative companies of the Mending for Good network: the artisan laboratories of San Patrignano and Manusa, which respectively already use painting on fabric and hand embroidery. The cooperative companies benefited from workshops held directly by the artisans involved in the project, to gain further insight in specific technical aspects.


Another example is the Quid Project (www.progettoquid.it), which Fondazione San Zeno helped develop. The Quid Project hires people with a troubled past or in a precarious situation, helping them re-enter the work force.

A portion of high-quality yet limited-quantity materials left over in our warehouses after manufacturing process are then donated to Quid, which uses them to create fashion collections produced and sold in the brand's boutiques.

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