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Cone Denim Partners with Archroma’s One Way Sustainability Service

Sustainability is arguably the only way for the denim industry to move forward.

Cone Denim has partnered with color and specialty chemical company Archroma in an effort to keep the mill on a sustainable track.

The heritage mill has signed on as an adopter of Archroma’s One Way sustainability service, a tool developed by the chemical firm that helps mills and brand owners evaluate and quantify the environmental impact of various manufacturing inputs including chemicals, processing techniques and raw materials.

The goal of One Way is to quickly determine the overall sustainability of a product.

“Over the last year, the combination of Cone’s expertise in denim production and indigo dyeing and Archroma’s broad knowledge of chemical technology and processing has led to tremendous insight in a tool that we believe will become a key resource for decreasing the environmental impact of textile treatments in finished denim products,” said Steve Maggard, Cone Denim senior vice president of manufacturing and operations.

The partnership enhances Cone’s sustainability efforts. The mill’s initiatives include reductions in water consumption and new water treatment techniques, and the design of authentic denim using sustainable components such as Natural Indigo and different types of post-consumer recycled content.

Launched in 2012, One Way provides mills and brands a toolbox to measure the impact of its products.

All One Way dyes and chemicals are measured against more than 15 textile eco-standards (Bluesign 1, OekoTex 2, GOTS3, and more) by Archroma product stewardship specialists who then score their toxicological and ecological profiles. Additionally, an Archroma software, called the One Way Calculator, enables mills to assess the cost, performance and environmental profile of products almost instantly.

“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,” said Rainer Roesch, Archroma head of business and projects. “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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