Kingpins knows denim brands, and retailers are trying to find more ways to bring sustainable alternatives to the consumer. However, mining sustainable denim fabrics in a sea of blue and sustainable buzzwords is a challenge.
The trade show aims to cut through the noise by releasing a list of the top 10 most sustainable products found on its show floor, beginning with products from the Fall/Winter 2020 collections presented at Kingpins Amsterdam in April.
Citing the sometimes overwhelming specter of “sustainability,” Andrew Olah, founder of the Kingpins trade show, said that his organization is often approached by brands looking for a curated tour through the more sustainable products found at Kingpins Amsterdam. Instead of separating mills in a way that may assume favoritism, Olah says, Kingpins will release a list of the products that truly set themselves apart when it comes to environmental impact.
“We are often asked by buyers for help finding sustainable products or if we have ‘green’ pavilions or signage designating the ‘eco’ mills,” Olah said in a statement. “While this is not how Kingpins Show operates, we understand that increasingly designers and brands are actively searching out sustainable products and trying to determine fact from marketing when making their fabric buys. At the same time, mills and garment makers are making great strides in sustainable production and products and would benefit from increased exposure of their efforts, developments and innovations.”
The first list, released on Thursday, was curated with the help of Miguel Sanchez, a textile designer and denim industry vet, and Paul Mailman, who brings 40 years of textile industry experience to the table. Moving forward, their list for most sustainable products will be completed after each Kingpins Amsterdam show and shared with attendees via a newsletter.
Here are the first products to be featured on Kingpins’ Most Sustainable Products list:
Advanced Denim – Product: QA209Q3-2
Advanced Denim’s product comes in at the top of the list, thanks to its impressive resource reduction properties. QA209Q3-2 needs 64 percent less water and 42 percent less power during production compared to “conventional technologies.”
Artistic Fabric Mills – Product: A4-8311
Artist Fabric Mills guarantees that no virgin cotton is used in the production of A4-8311. The fabric is made entirely of recycled materials, specifically recycled cotton, polyester and elastane.
Bossa – Product: “Starzburg – Save Deep”
This fabric, created using recycled fibers, requires 85 percent less water than a typical denim fabric. This is thanks to Bossa’s “Save Blue Dye” technology that the mill introduced in 2017.
Candiani Denim – Product: ReLAST
ReLAST is a GRS-certified elastane with additional stretch properties. The fabrication includes recycled fibers Refibra and Q Nova and is combined with Candiani’s Indigo Juice to save water.
DNM – Cassidy Riverblue
Made with recycled post-industrial cotton, DNM’s Cassidy Riverblue is warp dyed, which reduces water consumption by 60 percent compared to conventional dyeing techniques.
Orta Anadolu – Zero Max
Orta’s Zero Max eliminates the use of virgin cotton. Instead, the fabric is manufactured from recycled pre-consumer fiber.
Prosperity Textiles – Cotton-Less
Prosperity’s “Cotton-Less” fabric is made from a recycled “cottonized” linen and a combination of other fibers that allows the mill to reduce its water consumption.
Soorty – Neutral Blue
C2C-certified Neutral Blue is manufactured using a process that is “water neutral,” meaning that no water is wasted throughout production, dyeing and finishing.
Tejidos Royo – Sauron
Using a foam-based technology called Dry Indigo, Tejidos Royo’s Sauron has a minimal impact on the environment and uses fewer chemicals and water than traditional dyeing methods. The fabric itself is based on both organic and post-industrial recycled cotton.
Vicunha – Absolute ECO
Vicunha’s Absolute ECO features a “unique combination” of six different recycled cotton variants.