Portugese mill Tintex is switching from conventional cotton and has launched a new fabric range called Naturally Advanced Cotton by Tintex using four different premium and responsibly grown cottons.
The collection, introduced this week at Premiere Vision New York, is made from Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton, Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi recycled cotton, GOTS certified organic cotton and Supima cotton.
Tintex said these new fabrics maintain and upgrade the transparent, hi-tech and sustainable organics that are at the heart of its DNA.
Tintex chief executive officer Mario Jorge Silva said, “This new launch is confirming once more the commitment of Tintex to its ‘Naturally Advanced’ position. meaning advancing beautiful, organic and natural materials to the next level combined with unique, hybrid ‘nature-tech’ smarts, with added value and creativity, thanks to dedicated investments that serve and secure our customer’s demands both now and in the seasons to come.”
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The BCI cotton helps to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and improve the livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas.
Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi is a range of full-color yarns made from pre-consumer clippings that reduces water usage up to 77.9% during manufacturing. This season, Tintex is also introducing a new, finer Ecotec yarn called Phoenix made from 50 percent Ecotec cotton and 50 percent recycled polyester.
The GOTS Organic Cotton criteria measures environmental, technical quality, toxicity and social impacts and is backed by independent certification for the entire supply chain.
U.S.-grown Supima cotton offers luxury, quality and craftsmanship and offers 100 percent Supima fabrics and blends with Tencel.
Brands that have adopted the new collection include Jan’n June, a German brand that offers styles that are “fashionable, affordable and environmentally responsible.” Produced by a family owned company in Poland, Jan’n June operates a strong transparency policy.
The Jan’n June collection featuring Naturally Advanced Cotton by Tintex for spring has a minimal look with clean cuts using a color palette of blacks, grays and whites accented with a contrasting red and a tropical print. Key features are wide cut sleeves, open edges and subtle stripes. The designers have used material contrasts as an important feature of the collection, combining flowing fabrics with more rigid, stiffened qualities topped off with light knitwear pieces.