Since many years, we at Bottega SpA have been committed to sustainability, trying to maintain a medium-long-term vision that can lead to real and concrete results in reducing the impact on the environment, on society and on the economy, while increasing the positive impact.
Greener Certified energy from renewable sources: Our determination to save energy and use renewable sources has driven our decision to only buy electricity from certified renewable sources.
The path taken, respecting recycling and organic farming principles, makes Bottega a truly green company. Since 2015 Bottega has obtained the consent to use the GREENER logo, a trademark that belongs to SUM, a company owned by Unindustria Treviso, Confindustria Venezia and Consorzio Unindustria Multiutilities.
GREENER accompanies the products of companies that make environmental awareness one of their strengths. Using energy certified by this brand, or buying products made with renewable energy, is an important choice of responsibility towards the planet and future generations.
Geothermal air-conditioning: 756 tons of CO2 saved! The first important investment has been the geothermal air-conditioning system which taps into a source of natural energy by exploiting the heat of the earth. A hole was drilled on the company grounds to a depth of 90/100 meters until an aquifer was reached where there was a constant temperature of 14°. The water was brought to the surface by means of an injection well and transferred to a heat-pump unit which transforms all the thermal energy, bringing the heating liquid to 36° in winter and keeping it at 14° in summer, so that the environment benefits from natural climate control and a pleasant sensation of well-being. The same water leaves the heating system and, via an ejection well, is returned to the earth so it is ready to be used again in this virtuous energy cycle. In conjunction with other alternative sources for electricity generation, geothermal energy leads to yearly savings of 756 tons of CO2 per annum.
Organically cultivated vineyards: We avoid the dissipation 500 kg of synthetic chemicals. The vineyards around the company in Bibano, in addition to those in Follina and Vittorio Veneto, correspond to 14.5 hectares and are cultivated according to the criteria of organic farming. It has therefore been banned the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, herbicides, GMOs and derivatives. On Bottega soils are used only fertilizers of organic origin that providing nutrients, improve the fertility and structure of the soil, avoiding the absorption of 500 kg of synthetic chemicals every year.
RafCycle Program: 50 tonnes of waste recycled each year. In 2018 the company joined the RafCycle program set up by UPM Raflatac (a global supplier of label materials) aimed at recycling label waste. Thanks to a cutting-edge technological process, siliconized paper used as a release liner for the labels is recovered and sent to the UPM paper mill in Platting (Germany) where it is turned into new cellulose which will become paper. This program means that each year about 50 tons of waste can be recycled, contributing to boosting the company’s environmental-sustainability standards and further enhancing the image of the products.
Packaging - 50 percent recycled glass: Our commitment to recycling has also affected our choices in packaging for which we only use eco-materials. The dark bottles we use are made with at least 50% recycled glass. This is because glass can be recycled without any reduction in quality. Bottega uses only FSC Mix certified cartons, this level indicates that the wood or paper of the certified product comes from: FSC certified material, recycled material and/or controlled wood. The latter is a separate category, although it is not FSC certified, controlled wood cannot be harvested illegally, in violation of traditional rights and indigenous peoples.
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