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Bonaveri joins the Fashion Pact

Bonaveri has joined a leading group of global fashion brands by becoming a member of the Fashion Pact.

The world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality mannequins aims for renewed sustainability, joining an international coalition of fashion brands protecting the global environment.

Written by Ian Thompson | 12 November 2020

Renazzo di Cento (FE) | Bonaveri reinforces its ethical and environmental commitment, joining the Fashion Pact, an international coalition of fashion brands united in the battle against climate change.

Bonaveri, one of ten Italian brands in the group, joins a total of 60 international organisations that have committed to reducing the ecological impact of their activities within the fashion industry. Recognisable names such as Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Hermés, Karl Lagerfeld, Kering, Moncler, Nike, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo have joined the pact…

Bonaveri is a leading company in the manufacture of high-quality mannequins. It is the only company in the world producing biodegradable products made in BPlast, a biopolymer obtained from sugar cane.

BPlast - A Biopolymer Sourced From Sugar Cane
BPlast – A Biopolymer Sourced From Sugar Cane

“Today more than ever the road to progress is paved with respect for the environment and a different attention to the quality of processes, products, messages.” — states Andrea Bonaveri, Ceo of the family business, “For too long the fashion industry has prioritised speed and abundance over quality [and search for the right size]. As a manufacturer, we must commit to producing a long-lasting product able to adapt to the changing needs of the fashion industry.

It is customary for us to remain committed to quality and to enable the pursuit of sustainability, working to reduce our environmental impact. Joining the Fashion Pact is a challenge for us to continue to innovate and find new ways to protect our Planet”.

The Fashion Pact includes a coalition of global companies; leaders in the textile and fashion industry (ready-to-wear, sport, lifestyle and luxury), their supporting suppliers and distributors, all aiming to share insight within three main areas: stop global warming, restore biodiversity and protect oceans.

Promoted as an assignment entrusted by the French President Emmanuel Macron to Francois-Henri Pinault, President and Ceo of Kering, the Fashion Pact was presented to the Heads of State in August 2019 on the occasion of the G7 summit in Biarritz.

Bonaveri, who started work on sustainable production in 2012, will now see their work acknowledged for its valuable contribution to environmental protection.

BONAVERI’S SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT: FROM MANNEQUINS TO PACKAGING

In 2012 Bonaveri launched an ambitious research project, the goal of which was to reduce CO2 emissions and the environmental impact of their work.

With the collaboration of the Design Department for Sustainability of the Milan Polytechnic, an analysis of the life cycle of the mannequins was conducted, examining and measuring the impact of every phase of the work: from pre-production to industrial production, from packing to global shipping.

According to the research, the main environmental impact of these works was focused on the use of traditional raw materials. This discovery would result in an urgent need for Bonaveri to source a new polymer. After years of testing, Bonaveri created two new material categories; BPlast*, a bio-plastic derived from 72% sugar cane and BPaint°, the first natural paint made exclusively from 100% organic, renewable substances (resins and oils of 100% vegetable origin, phosphorus-free surfactants, a 100% organic solvent obtained from orange peels and a desiccant free paint without cobalt salts and naphtha).

The result was the first biodegradable figure in the world, generated from renewable sources.

The new eco mannequin was launched in 2016 at the Green Carpet Challenge, an annual event created by Livia Firth to promote sustainable fashion. The GCC hosted an evening of innovation, ethics and aesthetics in partnership with BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, along with the British Fashion Council.

Bonaveri has continued to invest in the research of new materials, an in reducing the environmental impact caused by product packaging.

A collaborative project with the Degree Course in Industrial Product Design at the Engineering and Architecture School of the University of Bologna was undertaken to redefine the packaging of mannequins.

The new packaging has resulted in a positive environmental impact by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 42%, energy consumption by 38% and water savings by 56%.

For their work, Bonaveri was awarded a “Special Prize for the most deserving case from a technical design point of view” in 2017, by the ”Call CONAI for prevention — Enhance environmental sustainability of packaging”.

The Emilian company was also awarded in the 2019 edition of the CONAI CALL receiving mentions for both the improvements made and for the LARGE cardboard packaging model designed for all oversized mannequins.

Thanks to its sustainable commitment shown over the years, the Ferrara-based company won the 2019 Sustainable Development Award, promoted by the Foundation for Sustainable Development and by the Italian Exhibition Group, with the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment and the Protection of the Territory and the Sea, in the Circular Economy category.

FASHION PACT

The Fashion Pact includes a coalition of global leading companies in the textile and fashion industry (ready-to-wear, sport, lifestyle and luxury), with the aim of strengthening collaboration between private companies and nation-states to face present and future environmental challenges.

The coalition, initially involving 32 companies, now brings together more than 60 organisations, including Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Prada Group, Ralph Lauren.

Taking a cue from the Science-Based Targets, an initiative promoted by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Compact, World Resource Institute (WRI) and WWF, the alliance aims to focus on the direction of three large areas, essential for the protection of the planet:

  1. stop global warming by creating and implementing an action plan to achieve the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, in order to keep global warming below a 1.5 ° C path between today and 2100
  2. restore biodiversity by reaching goals that make use of Science-Based Targets to restore ecosystems and protect species
  3. protect the oceans by reducing the negative impact of the fashion industry through practical initiatives such as the gradual removal of the use of disposable plastic materials.

The Fashion Pact coalition today includes: ADIDAS, ALDO GROUP, AUCHAN RETAIL, BALLY, BESTSELLER, BONAVERI, BURBERRY, CALZEDONIA GROUP, CAPRI HOLDINGS LIMITED, CARREFOUR, CHANEL, CELIO, DAMARTEX GROUP, DCM JENNYFER, DECATHLON, DIESEL, EL CORTE INGLES, ERALDA, ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, EVERYBODY & EVERYONE, FARFETCH, FASHION3, FIGARET, FUNG GROUP, GANT, GALERIES LAFAYETTE, GAP Inc., GEOX, GROUPE BEAUMANOIR, GROUPE ERAM, GROUPEE ETAM, GROUPE IDKIDS, GROUPE ROSSIGNOL, GRUPPO ARMANI, GTS GROUP, H & M GROUP, HERMES, HERNO, HOUSE OF BAUKJEN, INDITEX, KARL LAGERFELD, KERING, KIABI, LA REDOUTE, LADY LAWYER FASHION ARCHIVE, MANGO, MATCHESFASHION. COM, MONCLER, MONOPRIX, NANAJUDY, NIKE, NOABRANDS, NORDSTROM, PAUL & JOE, PRADA S.p.A, PROMOD, PUMA, PVH Corp., RALPH LAUREN, RUYI, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, SELFRIDGES GROUP, SPARTOO-ANDRé

BONAVERI

Founded in 1950 in Cento (Fe), today Bonaveri simply means excellent mannequins and wherever quality fashion is, in a store, a museum, a scenographic setting, our mannequins are present.

Being able to fuse manufacturing capacity with a visionary sense of form has allowed the company to align with the birth, definition and affirmation of the fashion industry.

Today Bonaveri produces approx 15 thousand figures a year, divided into different collections: Bonaveri Classic, Bonaveri Sartorial, Schläppi and B By Bonaveri, in which aesthetic research, craftsmanship and innovation meet.

The Bonaveri headquarters in Renazzo di Cento (Fe), showcases the fusion of automation and craft.

Visiting our facility, you can see our digital scanning laboratory and the sculpting atelier where, as in a Renaissance workshop, a group of sculptors model clay and plaster to create our figures.

Our long-term relationship with major fashion brands has enabled the creation of customised mannequins that combine wearability with valued aesthetic aspirations.

In 2016 Bonaveri was the first company in the world to present a biodegradable mannequin, developing a new bioplastic the BPlast, made up of 72% from sugar cane derivatives, treated with BPaint, a series of colours made exclusively with pigments and natural solvents.

Ethics and aesthetics have never been so aligned.

The BNatural products, after stringent inspection, have obtained TüV Austria certificates for BPlast and BPaint. OK BIOBASED 3-star Certification has been issued to BPlast, that certifies the percentage of material from renewable sources present within the product equal to 72%, while BPaint has received the OK BIOBASED 4-star certification certifying the presence of 100% renewable material inside the product.

Following a 2016 LCA analysis of the entire production cycle, which highlighted a negative impact of packaging, Bonaveri redesigned all the packaging to make it more eco-friendly reducing its environmental impact.

In recognition of the work and the results achieved, in 2017 the company won the “Special Prize for the deserving case from a technical-design point of view” of Conai.

The Fashion Pact Website

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