Cone Denim has partnered with Swiss chemical company Archroma for its One Way sustainability services, which supports its efforts to expand eco-friendly solutions to consumers. Archroma’s One Way tool helps mills and brand owners “evaluate and quantify the environmental impact of various manufacturing inputs including chemicals, processing techniques and raw materials to determine the overall sustainability effectiveness of a product,” the company said.
The firm introduced One Way in 2012 to provide a swift, measurable method for selecting chemical product and process solutions. Its unique technology enables almost instant screening of One Way dyes and chemicals by the company’s product stewardship specialists against more than 15 textiles eco-standards and criteria, such as Bluesign, Oeko-Tex, Gots3 and major Restricted Substances Lists, among other relevant metrics. The tool narrows down consumers’ selections into “process groups” that are categorized by environmental focuses, such as Climate, Resource and Waste water, in addition to data measurement and analyses for brand owners to help compare resource savings or CO2 emissions of various processes.
And Cone Denim is well-known for its company-wide sustainability initiatives, including its cogeneration operation at Cone Denim Parras; reduction in water consumption and use of emerging water treatment techniques; its mission to run zero waste facilities, and designing denim via Natural Indigo and post-consumer recycled content, among other “sustainable components.”
Steve Maggard, senior vice president of manufacturing and operations for Cone Denim, said, “Denim is unique and we are excited to participate as an early adopter to collaborate with Archroma in order to better understand and use the One Way system for effective evaluation of denim fabrics.” Maggard added that over the last year, Cone’s expertise in denim production and indigo dyeing coupled with Archroma’s “broad knowledge” of chemical technology and processing has helped the firms develop “a tool that we believe will become a key resource for decreasing the environmental impact of textile treatments in finished denim products.”
Arcrhoma’s objective is to “continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable,” said Rainer Roesch, head of new business and projects at Archroma. Roesch continued, “With One Way, we are striving to lead industry efforts in demonstrating that sustainability can be a key driver of innovation and performance for our customers. Cone Denim understands the importance and impact this has on the global brands it serves and has been instrumental in the successful application of the One Way tool in evaluating its denim fabrics.”
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