A look from the Orange Fiber capsule collection by Salvatore Ferragamo

MILAN — The Salvatore Ferragamo Group continues investing in sustainability.

This month, the company’s prestigious Florentine Palazzo Spini Feroni obtained a sustainability certification from global testing, certification, inspection and training provider TÜV Italia.

This represents another step in the development of the social responsibility strategy of the company, which last year obtained green certifications for both its newest building located in the Osmannoro industrial plant and Florence’s Museo Salvatore Ferragamo.

The results were collected in the 2016 Sustainability Report, which this year was extended for the first time to the whole Salvatore Ferragamo Group.

“The creation of sustainable value for the future of the planet and people is a vital and positive challenge for every business,” said Salvatore Ferragamo Group president Ferruccio Ferragamo. “With this in mind, the enrichment of our people and the area in which we operate is a fundamental aspect of our day-to-day operations and a key priority when we plan the group’s future initiatives. We have always been committed to upholding the principles of social and environmental sustainability and, after creating a specific section on our web site for corporate social responsibility, in 2016 we decided to publish the first Sustainability Report for the entire group, prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative GRI — G4 international guidelines.”

Among the sustainable activities that the luxury group developed last year, in April Salvatore Ferragamo launched a capsule collection made with Orange Fiber, the first fabric in the world made with citrus fruits.

The green textile is created by the namesake company, founded in 2014 by Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena that creates sustainable fabrics for the fashion industry from citrus juice byproducts. Santanocito came up with the idea of using what remains after squeezing oranges for juice, which amounts to more than 700,000 tons of byproduct in Italy alone.

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