Denim manufacturers has been employing Monforts' technologies for processing sustainable fabric manufacturing, rapidly adopting new advance in fibers, dyes and chemicals, as well as performing improvements and recycling options into their operations. Many of Monforts' customers showcased their latest activities at Première Vision’s Digital Denim Week held in July.
A modern denim finishing range of Monforts.
Materials made of discarded cotton textiles

For example, the new Naveena Denim Mills (Pakistan) Holistic collection employs a suite of sustainable materials such as organic cotton and post-consumer and post-industrial waste cotton that has been shredded and recycled at its in-house unit in Pakistan.
 

Hemp and Tencel provide sustainable and aesthetic qualities to the collection and the company is replacing conventional elastane with Roica’s Cradle-to-Cradle certified degradable option and polyester with CiClo - a material developed by re:newcell of Sweden that repurposes discarded cotton textiles, such as worn-out denim jeans, through a process akin to recycling paper.

According to Première Vision experts, denims featuring blends with bio-sourced fibers such as nettle and kapok are now being used to attain softer handles, a lighter feel and natural waterproofing, avoiding the need for additional finishing treatments.

Supply chain transparency further improving

Besides, supply chain transparency is also becoming increasingly important, and Turkey’s Bossa is now sharing information on its dyes, energy sources and recycled content use with its customers.

For organic cotton in particular, Bossa provides QR codes with which brands can identify the names of individual farms and their locations, as well as details such as the origins of specific seeds and the use of irrigation by growers.

Moreover, Turkey’s Orta’s new Denim Route - inspired by the historical Silk Road for trade between the East and West - is an interactive supplier map detailing the regions from which it sources cotton, dyestuff, chemicals and various fibers to complement its other transparency initiatives.

Via a dedicated app, the Denim Route shares three years’ of LCA (life cycle assessment) data on each of the company’s fabrics featured. By scanning the QR code on a product’s hangtag, users can pull up the data for detailed information.
Innovative fabric absorbs carbon dioxide while simultaneously producing oxygen developed by Azgard 9.
Novel breathing cloth to soak up CO2

On the other hand, a living and breathing piece of clothing that absorbs carbon dioxide while simultaneously producing oxygen was introduced at Digital Denim Week 2021 by Azgard 9 (Pakistan).

Treated with microbial pigmentation, this garment - which is currently being analysed by all of the company’s global customers, from large luxury fashion groups like LVMH to fast fashion brands like Zara - basically behaves like a plant or tree.

As per Post Carbon Lab, which has worked with Azgard 9 on the development, the photosynthetic coating is a living layer of photosynthetic microorganisms embed into textiles and it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases oxygen during both its production and the user phase.

During its life cycle, it will improve the immediate environment of the wearer and produce approximately the same amount of oxygen as an oak tree. In addition, the garment is water resistant and breathable, with advanced antimicrobial and anti-odour properties.

“It is really inspiring to see such innovations continue to emerge from the denim sector,” said Monforts Marketing Manager Nicole Croonenbroek. “Monforts has a leading position in the field of denim finishing with its well proven range for resource-efficient and economical processing and our partners are constantly setting themselves new goals in respect of sustainable production.”

The key vertically-integrated users of Monforts equipment present at Première Vision Digital Denim Week included AGI Denim (Pakistan), Azgard 9 (Pakistan), Berto (Italy), Bossa (Turkey), DNM (Turkey), Kilim (Turkey) and Orta (Turkey).