Linen, precious as the future
05 Oct 2023
The sixth institutional conference of the “Only One: One Planet, One Ocean, One Health” campaign, created by Marevivo, Marina Militare, Fondazione Dohrn, and supported by Beko was held at The Scuola Nave Palinuro in Venice.
The aim of the roundtable: to raise awareness among institutions and the public on the topic of ecological transition. Nowadays the emergency of marine pollution from microfibers is the primary threat to an ecosystem that produces 50% of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs one-third of carbon dioxide produced, in addition to being the largest climate regulator and a treasure trove of precious biodiversity.
The event also featured Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale, which provided testimony of its concrete commitment to this issue.
Pierluigi Fusco Girard, CEO, highlighted in his speech how linen, in addition to being the oldest material in the world, holds the sustainability record compared to other fibers due to its lower environmental impact:
“Thanks to Marevivo for involving me in this roundtable to address issues that Linificio, a certified B Corp™, incorporates into its daily operations: protecting life underwater and on land through continuous innovation and targeted interventions. Among these is the development of linen-based food packaging nets in collaboration with KUKU International Packaging, an alternative created to reduce the quantity of plastic nets that continue to flow into seas and oceans. The energy transition is a matter of urgency; we should not postpone our responsibility. It’s fine to talk about sustainable development and responsibility toward future generations, but we must act here and now. The problem must be tackled together, even involving different sectors, because it is a complex issue, and much can be achieved collectively.”
Research, innovation, and collaboration are the keys that can open the doors to a future where the human footprint can coexist sustainably with nature and all its elements.