5 June is World Environment Day, established by the United Nations in 1972; an event that, now more than ever, is of crucial importance for the future of the planet and future generations, and that calls for reflection by all companies on their ability to develop responsible and sustainable business models.
To achieve this, it has become indispensable for everyone to play their part, adopting virtuous practices that care for the environment and the well-being of people.
It is along these lines that Gi.Metal, a leading manufacturer of utensils for pizzerias and restaurants, has been moving for some years now, as testified by the words of its CEO, Marco D'Annibale: “The awareness of the company’s social responsibility towards the territory and, more in general, towards the impact that our activities have on the Planet has grown in recent years. We are only at the beginning, but our resolve is to develop a plan to help to positively rebalance the unbalances of our stay on the planet”.
A plan that takes the form of concrete actions and new opportunities for innovation, aimed at effectively changing the face of the Tuscan company.
In fact, a major investment plan has just been completed, which saw the total cover of the main plant in Montale (Pistoia) being re-roofed, with the removal and disposal of over 6,000 square metres of asbestos.
The issue of reducing energy impact is also crucial.
In this sense, substantial resources have been allocated towards the implementation of a gradual ecological transition plan, which began with the installation of an initial photovoltaic system in a new plant, with the intention of extending this model to all company locations.
Gi.Metal products are also environmentally friendly.
The most commonly used materials, aluminium and steel, are of course recyclable; processing waste, on the other hand, is sent back to suppliers to be re-melted and processed with a view to circular economy.
The green Gi.Metal choices are also reflected in the optimisation of the management of corporate information processes; this translates into the implementation of document digitisation procedures, through the adoption of an intranet aimed at facilitating the flow of information within the company, without having to resort to the printing of large quantities of paper.
Moreover, from January 2021, in compliance with the reference standards, indications to help the end consumer better manage the correct collection, recovery and disposal of the packs have been added to the packaging.
Added to this is the use of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified cardboard for the boxes of some product lines.
These are small, large gestures, with a measurable impact in their ability to contribute to improving the health of the planet. A choice that is pursued every day, in the conviction that sustainability is the great gamble of the future, and that investing in it today is a key factor in determining the longevity of the company and the possibility of ensuring a better future for the environment and society.