Riopele Diversifies Strategies to Develop New products

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Riopele is focused on exploring new product development strategies, thereby expanding its portfolio with new consumer trends, produced using renewable and biodegradable materials.

According to Ângela Teles, Head of Sustainable Product Development and Projects at Riopele, the company is investing in ‘new solutions to provide customers with the best choices in terms of quality and environmental responsibility.’ In practice, by using ‘cutting-edge technologies to optimise the efficiency of production processes, Riopele is investing in new high-quality products, adopting ancestral and renewable materials, leading the change in the textile industry towards sustainable business growth.’

According to Ângela Teles, raw materials ‘can account for up to two-thirds of a brand's climate impact.’ To make sure customers trust the new products developed by Riopele, the company has been strengthening its commitment through certification with RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) and European Flax.

Plus, aiming to break barriers in textile production and make fashion more sustainable, Riopele has been forging strategic partnerships with major fashion brands such as Hugo Boss (HeiQ AeoniQ), Infinna™ (Zara), and OnceMore® (Filippa K), ‘to develop new sustainable products that drive innovation and the adoption of recycled materials in this sector.’

The recent collaboration with Hugo Boss has led to the creation of fabrics containing HeiQ AeoniQ yarn, made from certified wood pulp, designed as an alternative to synthetic filaments such as polyester. By using HeiQ AeoniQ yarn, Riopele aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its value chain by 20%. ‘This innovative yarn is produced with minimal environmental footprint, recycling 99% of chemicals and water, thus contributing to decarbonise the atmosphere,’ stated Ângela Teles.

Clearly demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Riopele has set the goal to be carbon-neutral by 2027, aiming to treat all of its textile waste, while also intending for 80% of its products to align with sustainability categories and components. ‘All these initiatives reflect the company's determination to gear the progress of the textile industry towards responsible production,’ concluded Ângela Teles.