Denim Première Vision in Milan was home to new circular concepts, efficiency-driving technologies and fashion to entice consumers back to the traditional fabric.
Mills are increasingly using their waste in the production of new fabrics for Spring/Summer 2024. Hemp Fabric
Isko introduced Ctrl+Z, a range of fabrics made entirely from recycled and regenerated fibers. Named after the computer shortcut to undo, the fabrics are constructed with regenerated cellulose fibers and a mix of GRS-certified recycled cotton and recycled polyester. The recycled cotton comes from post-industrial waste or textiles that are discarded in the yarn, fabric, and apparel production process.
The Turkish mill reports that the fabric constructions look and feel identical to traditionally made denim, despite having no virgin and conventional first-generation components.
“Ctrl+Z fabrics are in fact not just better for the environment, they are also fashionable, stronger, and more durable than conventional fabrics, giving the products a longer lifespan,” Isko stated. “Ctrl+Z fabrics outperform the market’s traditional and recycled denim products in combined abrasion, tear and tensile strength meaning consumers can love their favorite denim longer while supporting a low-impact lifestyle.” Related Story Denim How Calik Completely Biodegrades Fabrics in 210 Days
The project reaffirms the mill’s commitment to reducing its use of first-generation conventional materials and its end goal of eliminating virgin fibers. Isko’s goal is to have all fabrics follow Ctrl+Z’s regenerative and recycled requirements in one year. The mill is currently in the process of procuring waste.
With Revive, Azgard-9 is recycling its waste and using it to produce new fabrics. Whereas the Pakistani mill’s previous collections had up to 20 percent recycled content in fabric constructions, it now offers up to 40 percent, said Mian Farrukh Mehmood, Azgard-9’s head of product development, denim division. By adding no new dye, the fabrics have zero liquid discharge.
Reducing waste is one of the benefits of Itema Group’s iSaver technology. The Italian loom manufacturer’s iSaver R9500-2denim rapier machine eliminates the waste selvedge on the fabric’s left-hand side by inserting the weft without the need for additional yarns. This money-saving technology significantly reduces raw materials and water wastage, the company stated.
The loom is already used by major denim manufacturers including Isko, Prosperity Textiles in China and Sharabati Denim in Egypt. To date, Itema estimates that iSaver devices are responsible for an average annual savings of 600 tons of cotton and 12 billion liters of water. From an economic perspective, the company reports an average of 2,000 euros (approximately $2,090) per loom per year can be saved.
“We are proud to collaborate with the industry’s most important leaders, meaning that the scope of our innovations grows in concert with their high manufacturing capabilities,” said Ugo Ghilardi, Itema Group CEO. “Through these partnerships we can truly influence the market by bringing sustainability to the heart of the supply chain, a goal shared by all those who choose to invest in our technologies to make a difference, optimizing the production and preserving the resources and the planet.”
Calik’s ongoing project with finishing technology firm Jeanologia is an example of how brands are designing to reduce waste.
Viscose Embroidery Yarn Phygital 2.0 is a range of garments made with seven laser-friendly fabrics by Calik digitally designed with Jeanologia’s eDesigner software. The purpose of the collection is to show brands how they can eliminate sample waste by choosing fabrics that are compatible with the finishing technologies they wish to use, using eco-friendly washes that have a green EIM score and designing garments digitally.