Acqua per la vita

“Acqua per la Vita” is based on the research report “Green Water and Como Textile”: the project will reduce the textile production cycle environmental impact and protect the water.  The City of Como, in collaboration with the Textile District of Como, Politecnico di Milano and the local consortium managing the water purification plant is evaluating the type, quantity and quality of  micro-substances released by the silk industry in the water used in the production cycle and is studying a purification system that allows the complete reuse of the processed water for any use. A complementary project will recover, from the water used during the silk production cycle, the sericine which can be used for healthcare products. Como is willing to share the results of the project with other UCCs (SDGs 3, 4, 10 and 12).

Scuola e fabbrica artigiana della seta

“Scuola e Fabbrica artigiana della Seta” intends to offer education opportunities to the NEETs (unemployed people, under 29, not enrolled in any educational institution) and to vulnerable people in our territory-a project that is inclusive and of high quality for all. The project is intended as an “integrated artisan factory” reproducing the entire silk manufacturing process in all of its phases: from the raw material generated by silkworms and sericulture to the completion and market placement of finished goods (ties, scarves and clutches). The “integrated artisan factory” will function as a “sustainable functional hub”, and work in synergy with the local educational institutions (Isis Setificio, Ipsia Ripamonti, Cometa, Silk Museum, Ratti Foundation and Setificio Foundation) and with the manufacturing workshops active in the territory. (SDGs 4, 5, 9 and 12).

Itinerari e passeggiate: le vie della seta

“Itinerari e passeggiate Le Vie della Seta” in partnership with the organization “Sentiero dei Sogni” and the Architects Association of Como. The goal is to get everybody closer to the nature, the landscape and the best use of silk and textiles in the area of Como and the lake.  Special care is reserved to a sustainable revitalization of the water streams that have supplied the textile activity in Como over the centuries. These streams are to be rediscovered as “blue paths” connecting nature and industrial archaeology. Railway segments created to serve the needs of the textile district a century ago will be given attention and transformed into ideal paths for green tourists, interested in discovering the history of silk in Como and the people who worked in the sector. The itineraries will illustrate the silk textile production process, sericulture, and how silk has been used in art, fashion and design. Objective of the itineraries is to present silk production as heritage and knowledge of multiple communities and peoples.