Updated: Apr 21, 2022
After Aquafil turns waste products into ECONYL® regenerated nylon, an Italian company named Carvico weaves it into soft, breathable, beautiful fabrics. Carvico's motto is, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” This is why they implemented environmental policies aimed at creating a sustainable supply chain for the business model of the future: a circular economy.
Carvico's facility uses innovative technology to reduce the environmental impact of the production cycle to the barest minimum in three major ways:
Energy Consumption: By using energy solely derived from renewable resources, upgrading from low efficiency machines to high efficiency alternatives, and installing a high-tech cogeneration plant, Carvico is able to independently produce electricity and drastically reduce its energy consumption.
Water Use: In compliance with rigorous European environmental standards, Carvico harvests and re-uses rainwater in its production process, and has implemented a “water circle” to use the same water for multiple purposes throughout the factory before it is used in the dyeing process, after which the water is sent to a cutting-edge waste water homogenization system for an equalization treatment before it is purified by the municipal wastewater treatment plant. As a result, the water discharged by Carvico’s factory is clean.
Heat Recovery: Carvico’s heat recovery system uses the thermal power produced in the fabric production process to heat as much of the factory as possible, which prevented 1,792,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere in 2021 alone!
In addition, Carvico partners with many eco-friendly foundations, including Healthy Seas, which has retrieved over 773 tons of fishing nets and other marine litter from our oceans since their founding in 2013. This amount is equivalent to the weight of SIX blue whales!
At HotTots, we think it is important to show that it is possible to produce garments in a way that is not harmful to the Earth, and contributes to the solution, not the problem. We are proud of our partners, and this is why transparency is paramount. If consumers like you demand that companies provide more information about where and how their products are made, you will be able to make informed decisions about the business practices that your dollars support.