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How is a sustainable mannequin made?

19 March 2024

Today, where sustainability is crucial, the fashion and retail sector face the challenge of adapting to green practices, and the manufacture of mannequins is not an exception. Traditionally, mannequins have been made from materials that have a high environmental impact, such as fibreglass, resins or plastic. The transition towards sustainable methods not only responds to a growing environmental awareness, but also to consumer demand for more responsible practices in the fashion industry.

In this context, paper paste emerges as an innovative solution. This material, derived from renewable resources and fully biodegradable, represents a significant ecological alternative: not only reduces the carbon footprint, but also leads the way for reuse and recycling, in line with the principles of the circular economy. How is its manufacturing process?

1. Procurement of materials

The manufacture of a sustainable mannequin begins with the choice of environmentally friendly materials. From the outset, our commitment is manifested by the acquisition of elements such as paper and cardboard from nearby recycling plants, which not only allows us to work with local supplies, but also to promote the responsible use of resources.

2. Preparation of paper paste

First, we shred the purchased material to make the pulp, which is FSC-certified, as we control the entire chain of custody. In addition, depending on production needs, we have the flexibility to incorporate organic and/or water-based additives, which represent less than 5% of the total mix.

3. Injection and moulding

After the preparation of paper paste, it is processed with a machine and injected into our custom made moulds.

This technology, although patented more than 30 years ago, remains effective, thanks to continuous improvement to adapt it to current needs.

The products that have just come out of the moulds are very delicate, and only the human hand, with his innate sensitivity, has the ability to handle them.

4. Finishings

After the pieces are dried and pass the first quality control, we move on to the final production phase: cutting, machining, painting…

This process requires precision and care; working with organic material means that each product, even if it has been produced from the same mould, is unique, with its own measurements and alterations. This means that only skilled hands, trained by four generations of craftsmen, have the ability to make everything fit together.

In addition, all paints and adhesives used in this process are water-based, and we only use noble materials for the accessories such as wood or iron; no plastic at all.

The final step: Environmental impact assessment of paperpaste mannequins

As our philosophy is one of constant improvement, we analyse the entire life cycle of the product, from sourcing of materials to final disposal, to ensure that its environmental impact is minimised.

It includes the reduction of CO2 emissions, the efficient use of resources and the ease of recycling at the end of its lifespan, which is critical for other mannequins made with different materials.

In short, paperpaste mannequins are unbeatable in terms of sustainability; their production consumes less energy, generates less waste and reduces dependence on non-renewable resources.

If you want to know more, check out our article on the 5 ecological advantages of using recyclable mannequins.

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PASQUAL ARNELLA S.L. en el marco del Programa ICEX Next, ha contado con el apoyo de ICEX y con la cofinanciación del fondo europeo FEDER. La finalidad de este apoyo es contribuir al desarrollo internacional de la empresa y de su entorno.

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