Fase di tintura nello studio del Life cycle assessment, La Methode
Life cycle. Life cycle assessment.

How much do you impact?

Scientific approach

We have been in the industry for many years and during this journey we have encountered many contradictions and policies that are not exactly virtuous.

Is it possible that mitigating our footprint and making it more neutral is so difficult? For us, the answer is no; we can and must do more.
For us, the answer is no; we can and must do more.

For this reason, we have started to analyze the processes we use to create our fabrics and finished garments. analyse processes with which we produce our fabrics and finished garments. 

We have excluded crop data, which we cannot verify at the moment and we have concentrated on all the processing phases under our control: from the creation of the yarn skeins to the sale.

Asking for data, relating it and building our life cycle assessment, it was clear from the outset that small choices can generate big savings.

Comparing data

Dopo aver ottenuto i dati sui nostri processi, abbiamo messo a paragone due capi diversi:
una hoodie realizzata con filato in tinto matassa e lo stesso capo realizzato con tessuto greggio seguendo il processo de La Methode.

We then summarized the data collected into three macro indices that represent:
  • water consumption
  • carbon dioxide emissions
  • general chemical consumption
Thanks to these initial data, we began to think about how small choices can make a significant contribution.
Gestione dell'energia nello studio del Life cycle assessment, La Methode
To measure our environmental footprint, we traced the life cycle of a representative sample of circa 240 kg di cotone Supima®, from which we extrapolated unit values for each produced garment.

The monitored processes include:
  • transportation;
  • spinning;
  • carding;
  • yarn dyeing;
  • knitting;
  • finishing;
  • garment making (interesting datas);
  • packaging.
Each reported data was measured directly by our team and thanks to the exchange of information with the companies involved in the production chain.

Hoodie made with dyed knit fabric

85 litri di H2O
Amount of water needed to produce a single hoodie
Gestione e monitoraggio delle emissioni, La Methode
3,2 kg di Co2
Carbon dioxide emissions generated by the processes
Gestione e monitoraggio della chimica applicata ai processi, La Methode
1,32 kg di Chimica
Of chemicals applied per 300-gram garment
* crop-related processes are not included.

Hoodie made with raw knit fabric

Riduzione del fabbisogno di acqua utilizzata nei processi, La Methode
15 litri di H2O
-83%
Amount of water needed to produce a single hoodie
Riduzione delle emissioni, La Methode
1,24 kg di Co2
-61%
Carbon dioxide emissions generated by the processes
Riduzione della chimica applicata ai processi, La Methode
0,16 kg di Chimica
-87,5%
Of chemicals applied per 300-gram garment
Processo produttivo artigianale La Methode

Explore our production process

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  • Progetto e prototipazione abbigliamento, La Methode
    Design and prototyping
    Study and prototypes made by the in-house team
  • Research and Development
    Designing on an eco-design basis
    Ricerca e sviluppo di tessuti a maglia e abbigliamento, La Methode
  • Ricerca materie prime tessili, La Methode
    Raw material research
    Selection of best natural fibres
  • Cultivation
    Cultivation of raw material
    Coltivazione delle fibre tessili, La Methode
  • Filatura e selzione delle materie prime, La Methode
    Spinning
    Production of vials to our specifications
  • Knitted fabric production
    In-house production of woven icons
    Produzione tessuti a maglia, La Methode
  • Recupero e riutilizzo degli scarti tessili, La Methode
    Waste recovery
    Recovery of raw materials and returned pieces
  • Finishing and Ennobling
    Selection of low-impact processes
    Finissaggio e nobilitazione tessuti a maglia, La Methode
  • Confezione capi di abbigliamento finito, La Methode
    Cutting and tailoring
    Made-to-order garments
  • Waste recovery
    Recovery of waste from tailoring cuts
    Recupero e riutilizzo degli scarti tessili, La Methode
  • Lavaggio capi, La Methode
    Washing garments
    To achieve the ultimate look and feel
  • Packaging and shipping
    ERP management and recycled paper packaging
    Packaging e spedizione, La Methode
  • Servizio di riparazione capi post vendita, La Methode
    After-sales repair
    Garment repair service
  • End-of-life recycling
    Recovery of garments and material recycling
    Riciclo di prodotti finiti o semilavorati tessili, La Methode

From Life Cycle Assessment to DNA

Paying attention to these aspects is part of La Methode's DNA, but what really makes a difference is the choice of how much to produce:
producing only the necessary garments, repairing them as much as possible, and choosing to use quality raw materials through local supply chains is the first step towards profound change.

Research can also contribute to saving resources:
we are currently experimenting with natural dyes and other innovative finishes that reduce water consumption by 90% compared to finished garments with unbleached fabrics.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
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Fase di nobilitazione nello studio del Life cycle assessment, La Methode

Our investments

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Pannelli solari e produzione energia, La Methode
Solar panels
The Methode requires electricity for its operation.
For this reason, a photovoltaic system was installed in 2019 to cover 70 per cent of annual requirements.
Filiera corta, La Methode
Short supply chain
A short, controlled supply chain is the starting point for generating wealth in the region and becoming a reference point for young people who want to enter the world of knitted textiles.
Codice etico, La Methode
Code of ethics
We, and all actors involved in the supply chain, adopt ethical codes that allow us to report on aspects of healthy working conditions, as well as the management of virtuous processes.

Agenda 2030, our objectives

Selected indicators

La Methode has chosen to contribute to the monitoring of some critical factors highlighted by the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Our project and research are focused on improving indicators that we consider significant and that we can directly act on.

Click on the objectives to learn more.
We ensure that there is no discrimination throughout the development chain of our articles, we promoteintegration and we firmly believe in the value of multidisciplinarity and multiculturalism.
Changing the way we produce and proposing a different way of purchasing, consciously choosing where and how to invest our money, is the goal of the La Methode project.
Every person working on the La Methode project lives in a healthy social context, which we constantly monitor and document.
Acting deeply on production processes processes and on the company's choices we make, to be an example and territorial stimulus for improvement.
La Methode, a project by Produce Sinapsi.
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