Ragno is known as the home of Italian ceramics, but nowadays the focus is on the environment, the home we all share. For the production of its collections, the Sassuolo company promotes industrial processes that respect the natural world, reducing environmental impacts and raising quality levels.
Since its very beginnings, Ragno has been strongly associated with the idea of a warm, comfortable home able to help people to feel good through the sensory and emotional communication power of ceramics, with their constantly new colours and patterns.
During the last few years, the concept of the home has evolved, reflecting our ever-growing awareness and consideration of the world around us, which we can explore and learn about by simply crossing its threshold.
Nature has made its way into our homes, and not merely by covering floors and walls with the colour green and floral decorations, in line with the latest interior design trends. Rather, it has done so by opening our minds to the need to respect the environment and its resources, once considered as limitless but now increasingly in need of beneficial processes of conservation, protection and safeguards.
In short, the environment has acquired the new meaning of our shared home, the founding concept of every strategy that sets out to preserve it by promoting practices of careful use of resources, the return of waste to the production cycle, and the correct disposal of end-of-life materials.
Ragno ceramics are, intrinsically, an environment-friendly choice. Although constantly updated by state-of-the-art technologies, the processing of this material has been part of human history since its very dawning. Ceramics stand for a link to the earth and the craft tradition that, over time, laid the bases for the birth and development of the modern industry.
The Sassuolo company has not forgotten this link, which can be interpreted as a kind of “zero food miles” concept transferred to architecture and interior design materials, and nowadays it invests in leading-edge production plants, where process optimisation not only results in the production of outstanding ceramic material, but also minimises the environmental cost. In other words, with Ragno beauty is also good for nature.
Thanks to its constant focus on the environment, Ragno has been awarded a large number of green certifications in the last few years. Particularly important amongst them is Ecolabel, the European label that identifies environmentally compatible products in the various categories, enabling final consumers to choose them for their positive characteristics that help to protect the natural world.
Ragno is also a member of the Green Building Council Italia, an association that promotes the adoption of a sustainable building culture and aims to raise the awareness of the public and the authorities of issues of environmental impact, and how it can be minimised through the adoption of the right construction strategies.
Green Building Council Italia help improve the quality of life through Leed® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards.
Voluntary Leed® certification is the most widespread international protocol for green building and sustainable architecture promoted by the U.S Green Building Council. The Leed® rating system is structured into 9 categories, each of which is organized into mandatory prerequisites and credits determined by the characteristics of the project. Thanks to the environmental quality of the entire industrial production cycle, all Ragno’s ceramic and porcelain stoneware products are eligible for Leed® credits for buildings, in particular for thematic areas related to Materials and Resources (MR), Sustainable Site (SS) and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ).
Ragno has assessed its products' environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from extraction and processing of the raw materials through to the recycling of demolition spoil. The findings of this LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), performed in accordance with the ISO 14040 series international standards, have been published in the Environmental Product Declaration (ISO 14025 and EN 15804), contributing to the attainment of Leed® certification credits.
On the consumer front, Ragno participates in Declare, a voluntary self-declaration programme that aims to steer the building materials industry towards healthier, more eco-friendly products through transparent ingredient disclosure.
Ragno’s self-declared products are classified as “Red List Free”, i.e. they do not contain any ingredients on the Living Building Challenge “Red List”:
• no chemicals that pollute the environment
• no chemicals that bio-accumulate up the food chain until they reach toxic concentrations
• no chemicals that harm construction and factory workers
The Declare label program contributes to achieving Leed® credits.
Most Ragno products are GreenGuard Gold certified, guaranteeing low volatile organic compound emissions in indoor locations. So green awareness and wellbeing have positive effects not only for the outside world but also in the home, through even higher quality standards for ceramic products.