Fondazione Dino Zoli,

Forlì Sabato 9 marzo, ore 17.00

As part of the project:

CHANGES. Change as the urgency of sustainability

Fashion at the crossroads. Challenges for sustainable textiles Is it possible to reduce the impact of fashion and textiles on the environment?

How to distinguish virtuous practices from greenwashing? The word from Greenpeace, industry experts and companies Free admission Talk with talks by: Fabio Berto, Enrico Cancila, Andrea Cavicchi, Giuseppe Picerno Giuseppe Ungherese, Monica Zoli Moderator Raffaele Lupoli

Reservations appreciated

Can the impact of the textile industry on the environment be reduced? How to distinguish virtuous practices from greenwashing? These and many other issues are the focus of the talk Fashion at the Crossroads. Challenges for sustainable textiles organized by the Dino Zoli Foundation in Forlì with the participation of Greenpeace, experts and companies in the sector.
The meeting, scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at 5 p.m., is part of the project CHANGES. Change as the urgency of sustainability, implemented with the support of Dino Zoli Textile and funded by the European Union under the NextGenerationEu fund. Participation is free; reservations appreciated (T. +39 0543 755711 during office hours,

Speakers will include Flavio Berto, CEO of Berto; Enrico Cancila, ART-ER Sustainable Development Area Manager; Andrea Cavicchi, President of the Italian Detox Consortium; Giuseppe Picerno, Head of Innovation and Sustainability Manteco; Giuseppe Ungherese, Greenpeace; and Monica Zoli, Vice President Dino Zoli Group. Moderating the evening will be Raffaele Lupoli, Editorial Director of
The textile industry represents the seventh largest global GDP and the third largest in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, after the US and China. About 60 percent more clothes are bought today than 20 years ago, and the market value exceeds $1.7 trillion (2021). A sector that is as driving as it is impactful, increasingly engaged in a rethinking of habits, processes and products, under the banner of sustainability: reorganizing production and collections with an eye to the environment, besides being a process that takes time, risks being doomed to failure if not accompanied by a substantial cultural, social and economic change. A change supported by important companies in the country. These include Dino Zoli Textile, the parent company of Dino Zoli Group, which manufactures and markets fabric for upholstering upholstered furniture. For several years now, the company has been focusing on research and innovation, offering products made from recycled and recyclable materials, not to meet a market demand, but in the knowledge that this is the only way forward for the near future.

At the end of the meeting, it will be possible to visit the exhibition Utopian Seductions. From New Materials to Recycled Art. From Piero Manzoni to the Latest Generations, through a guided tour led by Nadia Stefanel, director of the Dino Zoli Foundation and co-curator of the exhibition with Matteo Galbiati. Important loans, works from the Foundation’s permanent collection and a careful monitoring of contemporary artistic research lead the visitor through fifty years of reflections on materials, animated by different sensibilities and aesthetic principles.

This will be followed by a final in-depth discussion on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 5 p.m., with Reflections on Mobility: the future to be built today.
The CHANGES project and the Utopian Seductions exhibition are produced under the patronage of the Municipality of Forlì, the Emilia-Romagna Region and Confindustria Romagna, the support of Dino Zoli Textile, the technical sponsorship of DZ Engineering and the partnership of Consorzio Italiano Detox, TerraMedia and Banelli Srl. The Brescia SantaGiulia Academy of Fine Arts activated an internship for students in the Exhibition Communication course, who filed the works on display and created the introductory panels.
The Dino Zoli Foundation is open to the public Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., closed Mondays and holidays. Free admission. For information: Flavio Berto is CEO of Berto Industria Tessile. He represents the fourth generation of the family that founded the company in 1887 in Bovolenta, in the province of Padua. After his father Giuseppe Berto (third generation), Flavio took over the reins of the company dedicating many resources to keep the entire production in the historical factories and is still today among the protagonists of the Italian Denim supply chain. Over the years, all production processes have been redesigned and improved to ensure maximum efficiency, according to a sustainable approach based on energy saving, water recovery, and the constant search for eco-friendly materials and natural processes.

Enrico Cancila, an economist with expertise in environmental management, has worked with both businesses and public agencies coordinating and managing projects of national and international relevance on issues related to the relationship between the economy and the environment. He has collaborated with the European Commission, the Ministry of the Environment and various Italian regions and is a member of major working groups on issues related to circular economy and the fight against climate change. He is currently area manager of the sustainable development area of ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory, Consortium Company of Emilia-Romagna. The area is dedicated to the development of issues related to energy and ecological transition. On environmental management and green economy, he is co-author of publications and articles and has lectured in various universities and major Italian graduate courses.

Andrea Cavicchi is an architect, textile entrepreneur and president of the Italian Consortium Implementing Detox, which is in charge of all coordination, guidance and support activities for companies committed to Detox, a campaign launched by Greenpeace in 2011 to call on the fashion industry to commit to eliminating substances hazardous to humans and the environment upstream in the production chain. By partnering with top textile research laboratories, it conducts research to develop tools for understanding production processes with a view to pursuing full sustainability of business activities from economic, environmental and social perspectives. The companies that have signed the Detox pledge, through a common path represent various parts of the textile manufacturing supply chain. Today the consortium has 37 member companies in various parts of Italy.

Giuseppe Picerno graduated in Chemistry from the University of Florence, after graduating as a dyeing chemist from Itis Buzzi in Prato. At Manteco, he holds the position of Head of Innovation and Sustainability, focusing his activity in sustainable product and system innovation. He defines, measures and reports corporate KPIs related to sustainability. He approached the topic of sustainability through chemical risk assessment in wet process wastewater. He has conducted major life cycle assessment and marine biodegradability calculations, the results of which have been published in scientific journals.
Giuseppe Ungherese has been Greenpeace Italy’s pollution campaign manager since 2015. With a degree in natural sciences and a PhD in ecology, as a researcher he has studied for years the impacts of toxic and hazardous substances in ecosystems. For years he has been working on the sustainability of numerous production chains (textiles-fashion, plastics etc.) and the circular economy. He has written Not All the Sea is Lost. Journey along the Italian coasts to discover an ecosystem choked by plastics and microplastics. Responsibilities and Solutions (Casti editore, 2021) and PFAS. The eternal and invisible pollutants in the water. Stories of denied rights and active citizenship (Altreconomia, 2024).

Monica Zoli, an economics and business graduate from Bologna, joined Dino Zoli Textile, progenitor of the Dino Zoli Group companies, at a very early age, where she currently oversees the commercial area. Since 2011 she has been Sole Director of DZ Engineering, a company of the Group operating in the lighting and telecommunications field for motorsports, sports facilities, museums and sites of artistic-cultural value. Since 2017, she has been directing the activities of the Dino Zoli Foundation, strengthening the union between Art and Business and also directing initiatives toward environmental and social issues close to her heart. She has been engaged in volunteer activities in the social and health field for more than 20 years.