Tosvar has started work on a new building that will expand its historic headquarters east of Milan.
The company, based in Pozzo d’Adda, has set aside an entire floor of its new building for the InnovationLab – a space to experiment, develop, and provide business with new, sustainable solutions.
“Customers ask us for products with a lower environmental impact,” said Gloria Gioia of Tosvar. “So, we decided to complement our R&D department with a laboratory dedicated to the study of innovative and sustainable formulas.”
It is not enough to change the balance between bulk and propellant to make products more environmentally friendly, the company said – proper packaging is also needed. Tosvar said it is already ‘well ahead’ on this front. The aluminium used for the spray cans is entirely recycled and recyclable, and the plastic components are also largely made of post-consumer recycled materials, which the firm says now guarantee excellent results. The cardboard for the final packaging is also obtained from separate waste collection and is recyclable.
Regarding formulation, Tosvar is striving to find alternatives to LPG and to make the aerosol product safer from the storage phase, as well as less polluting. Over 80 million spray cans left Tosvar’s Pozzo d’Adda plants in 2020, and 40% of them contained compressed gases.
“For years, we have been using nitrogen or CO2 as a propellant in combination with the product, whenever possible,” said Gabriele, son of Paolo Gioia, the company’s CEO.
“These two naturally occurring gases are finding increasing use in our production lines, along with air.”
The new InnovationLab will be ready in March, but the team, which also includes new professionals hired for the occasion, is already at work. One of the first tests involves the agri-food system, a strategic sector in the ecological transformation process.
“The new frontier is pheromones,” said Gloria and Gabriele. “They can be used to keep pets and other harmful animals away. They are already widely used in the US and are being successfully tested, but their use can be very broad.
“We are developing a suitable formula with one of our customers and we are sure that tomorrow, this natural method will offer an important help in biological control in the countryside.”
Tosvar is one of the few companies authorised in Europe to process aerosol pheromones, said the firm.