Garmon Chemicals, a chemical auxiliaries and solutions firm, said it has defined its methodology for implementing a greener, more traceable and transparent use of chemicals for denim and textiles. The firm said it has plans to navigate an “integrated path” toward achieving various ecological goals through product development and a range of new certifications.

The latest initiatives leading its pledge for sustainability include a partnership with Alliance for Responsible Denim, which offers its “Stretch Care” line, a collection wholly dedicated to advancing the performance and qualities of stretch fabrics. Its collection is centered on utilizing key formulations developed especially for the line that optimize production processes and integrate raw materials with high eco-compatibility rates.

This is achieved through the use of products such as Geopower NPS, “no pumice stone,” a compound that reduces environmental impacts and costs by eliminating pumice stone from denim washings, and Avol Oxy White, a bleaching agent and ecologically advanced product that works to achieve localized effects on denim by reducing the need for potassium permanganate, thus enabling a more environmentally friendly industrial process, the company said.

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The collection is comprised of eco-compatible solutions for finishing stretch fabrics and also incorporates the company’s experience as a technical partner for responsible finishing and recipe improvement, which involves conducting team sessions with eco-solution firm Jeanologia. Regarding the partnership, “This was a way to reaffirm how eco-driven innovations can also increase finished product quality,” according to the firm.

And the company underscored the introduction of its new ISO standards: ISO 9001:2015, a certification that “sets international criteria for quality management systems,” a complement to ISO 14001:2015, “a standard acknowledged worldwide stipulating all requirements for an environmental management system,” the firm noted. The latter aids organizations by assessing parameters such as pollution, managing water resources and discharge, waste management, soil contamination, mitigation and adjustment to climate change, as well as an efficient use of resources, the company said.

Donald Mulazzani, marketing and business development director at Garmon Chemicals, said the company “firmly [believes] in developing sustainable chemistry, not only in terms of product, but also as evidence of our responsible approach on several levels. In this way, we want to contribute to disseminating what will need to be the best practices in the future, for the whole industry.”

In addition, Garmon Chemicals recently held its “Doctor Visits” event-workshop in London organized by Alliance for Responsible Denim, which highlighted the importance of best practices for sustainable manufacturing to an audience of six selected denim brands that had the opportunity to liaise with experts in the finishing of indigo fabric.

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