Cone Denim is currently installing Jeanologia G2 Dynamic Finishing Ranges and the Flexi Lab Laser capabilities in its Mexico and China facilities, as well as the Bluescan device for laser blanket analysis. Denim fabrics produced with these newest technologies are expected to be available in the mill’s Spring 2020 collection.
“It is exciting to expand our partnership with Jeanologia, a global leader in sustainable finishing solutions,” Steve Maggard, president of Cone Denim, said. “Jeanologia’s capabilities are opening new possibilities to bring together eco-friendly manufacturing with creative fabric innovation. We remain committed to working with likeminded partners to identify and lead initiatives in responsible manufacturing and sustainable innovations in line with our 2025 sustainability goals announced earlier this year.”
Jeanologia’s G2 Dynamic is the first ozone treatment for continuous fabric. G2 equipment creates the same effect as existing denim finishing methods, but uses significantly less water and no harmful chemicals to create fabrics that are more laser friendly.
“At Jeanologia, we believe in business as a force for good,” Jeanologia CEO Enrique Sillas said. “Our technologies create an ethical, sustainable and eco-efficient blue jeans industry, and we found in Cone Denim the perfect match on this transformation journey…We’ve developed the G2 Dynamic technology that reduces water and toxicity from the fabric production process. Cone is implementing it by using it in mass production, making it real and creating a better world.”
The Flexi Lab laser machine allows mills to develop and test fabrics more quickly and efficiently, without the time needed for outside analysis. The Bluescan technology evaluates denim blankets, automatically providing repeatable, standardized results without the need or bias of human interpretation.
“As denim innovators, these new technologies and processes provide our design and technical teams access to evolving resources and textile solutions to bring our customers market-leading sustainable denim and services,” Maggard added.
This follows recent developments toward greater sustainability, such as Cone Denim Recycled Cotton that promotes a closed-loop manufacturing system to reduce energy consumption and material waste using pre-consumer and post-consumer waste in the production of “socially responsible denims.”
Cone Denim is working with partners in Mexico, including Apparel International and Flynn Enterprises, to collect and incorporate pre-consumer scraps from the production cutting table back into Cone’s supply chain and utilized in the manufacturing of its denim.