Last May 28 & 29, Denim PV showed you how to create a fashionable and sustainable denim collection.
Inside the A20W21 Laboratory, you discovered the Smart Creation Selection, a spectacular display putting eco-responsible developments at the very core of the season. The space was a brilliant artistic collaboration between a dozen denim weavers and accessories makers (all CSR engaged) and designer Kristian Guerra – co-founder with Laura Guerra of Ice Surface Temperature, an Italian concept brand and creative platform. Kristian Guerra collaborated with FLMRS, a creative studio based in London.
The Smart Creation Selection
Get an exclusive look at the denim mills selected to collaborate on the creation of this collection.
Here, a recap of their commitments to an eco-conscious denim industry.
The mill’s commitment to an eco-conscious denim industry
Advance Denim – China
Founded in 1987, Advance Denim was the first denim mill in China. The company is committed to the environmental sustainability of the denim industry, and brings “green thinking” to their work, reducing energy consumption and water usage to improve their carbon footprint. They maintain their own Restricted Substance Lists (RSL), which all their suppliers must comply with, and which is monitored and enforced through a rigorous system of testing and verification.
Company certifications: ISO 90012008, ISO 14001:2015, GUANGDONG FAMOUS TRADEMARK CERTIFICATION, OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100, COTTON LEADS
Berto Industria Tessile Manifattura 1887 – Italy
Since its founding in 1887 in Bovolenta, Berto has continued its production in the place it was born. Over the decades, research, know-how and an ability to follow changing markets have elevated the company to a central role in the Made in Italy denim production chain. At Berto, sustainability is closely linked to R&D, which is why all its production processes have been redesigned and improved, with, for example, the use of organic cotton and cotec® yarns, natural indigo, high energy-efficient looms (energy savings of 81 tons of CO2 a year), LED lighting systems, eco-finishings, and more. The company has a certified biological sewage treatment plant.
Company certifications: ISO 9001, Consorzio Internazionale Implementazione Detox, BCI, OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100, GOTS
Bossa – Turkey
Founded in 1951, Bossa is one of Turkey’s largest integrated textile corporations, with facilities in Adana. The company is actively involved in the protection and preservation of the environment, human health and social conditions through a wide range of initiatives. Bossa’s Future Denim aims to become a 100% sustainable denim. The mill uses organic and recycled cotton, recycled polyester, eco T400, Refibra, PCRD (Post-Consumer Recycled Denim) and dyes with Saveblue technology (85% water savings). Bossa has developed a 100% recycled fabric with r-Pet fibres (from plastic bottles) and uses the E-DEN (Ecologies Denim Development) process to use waste from spinning, rope dyeing and fabrics and turn it into fibres to use it again in Bossa’s spinning mill.
Company Certifications: ISO 9000, ISO 14001, OEKO-TEX 100, GOTS
Calik Denim – Turkey
Since its founding in 1997, Calik Denim has acted on the basis of corporate principles and ethical values in all business operations (economic, environmental, business and social sustainability). The company aims to add value to the economy, and further environmental and social values through a sustainable approach. The company developed D-clear technology to use fewer chemicals and reduce by 40% the use of water in indigo dyeing and 83% during finishings.
Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001, GOTS. BCI, OEKO-TEX
Evlox/Tavex – Morocco
Denim makers since 1846, the company produces 15 million metres of premium denim every year and is synonymous with improvement, innovation and leadership. Their sustainability commitment is evident in their choice of raw materials, as well as their firm goal to rationalize consumption and minimize emissions in their processes. They organize workshops focused on fashion sustainability. Internal developments include PCRD (Post-Consumer Recycled Denim) with complete traceability of all the materials used.
Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14001
Fashionart – Italy
Founded in 2008, FashionArt is an Italian company focused on luxury fashion and design with expertise in the design, creation, packaging and manufacturing of clothing items. They take responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of their own activities, and ensure high standards of quality, respect for all individuals and environmental protection by contributing to sustainable development. FashionArt supports a number of schools in the province of Padua by donating the necessary materials.
Company Certifications: ISO 26000
Kilim Denim – Turkey
Kilim denim started manufacturing denim 80 years ago and was the first denim factory in Turkey. The factory wants to keep denim’s unique attributes alive and features a capacity of 12 million meters of denim fabrics a year. Kilim denim is very conscious about sustainability. They use recycled fibers, eco-friendly dyes and they also recycle their waste and use renewable resources. Since 2015, they have decreased their use of electricity by 40% and their use of water by 65%. They just launched the Re-Create project with fabrics made with natural fibers, recycled yarns and post-consumer products. Their Cactus project intends to reduce by 93% the use of water and fix the indigo better during the dyeing process.
Naveena Denim Mill – Pakistan
Established in Pakistan in 1971, Naveena Denim Mill is specialized in manufacturing premium yarn and denim fabrics. They work to minimize the environmental impact of their operations using natural resources in the most efficient way possible, through constant R&D in responsible technologies and developing sustainable products, using organic cotton, sustainable fibres and blends, and sustainable dyeing and finishing processes. They use ETP (Effluent Treatment Plants) in dyeing processes to allow wasted water to be recycled and reused for dyeing, sizing, finishing and washing. Their Transparent Blues line aims to create the “most sustainable denim” in processes and materials, minimize its environmental impact and use of natural resources (ecofibra from wood).
Company Certifications: BCI, ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 45001: 2018, Oeko-Tex
Orta Anadolu – Turkey
Orta began manufacturing denim in 1985 and now produces over 60 million metres of denim in its Turkey and Bahrain factories. At the start of 2000, they began their sustainability journey by using organic cotton. In 2010, they founded their sustainable division Orta Blu, and are making a bold commitment to be a leader in transforming the denim industry through the use of the most advanced natural technologies. Each fabric is made using the INDIGO FLOW process (70% reduction in water use, better dye penetration, energy savings) and each and every Orta garment is labelled with a unique QR code, providing full transparency as to the making of the fabrics, to measure its environmental impact.
Distinctions: acquired the 3rd party Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for 4 products
Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001, ISO 10002, OHSAS 18001, BCI
Panama Trimmings – Italy
Founded more than 35 years ago, Panama Trimmings SRL is a well-established Italian manufacturer producing labels, hang-tags, printed tapes and similar trimmings. They combine the high quality of Made in Italy, experience and innovation. All production is done inside their industrial premises, with the exception of embroidery and woven labels made by Italian partners. They operate their business in a manner that accounts for its social and environmental impact and have installed a photovoltaic power system completely covering their power demand. Panama Trimmings offer a wide range of sustainable products such as woven labels made of 100% recycled PET, cork labels, bio-degradable fake-material or chrome-free leather.
Prosperity Textile – China
Prosperity Textile, a large-scale vertically integrated denim fabric manufacturer with production units in China and Vietnam, was founded in 1999. Regarded as one of the cleanest denim mills in the world, the company strives to reduce its carbon footprint and use a wide range of sustainably sourced fibres such as cotton to Tencel®, lyocell through Repreve®, Sorona® and Coffee Charcoal. Their production includes eco-responsible indigo dyeing technologies, thus reducing water use, chemicals and CO2. Since 2016, they have implemented a solar program, cutting CO2 emissions by 217 tons, and they have also installed a Sewage Treatment Plant to process the waste water from dyeing and finishing.
Distinctions: awarded the prestigious “Innovative Pilot Enterprises of Internet and Industry Integration” by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (2014)
Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14000, LYCRA EXCHANGE, BCI, COTTON LEADS, SAC, Bluesign® system partner
Prym Fashion – Italy
Founded in 1903, Prym Fashion Italia is recognized as the Italian leader in the snap fastener and rivet industry. Their entire chain of production guarantees the Made in Italy designation. In 2013, they launched their latest product innovation: L.I.F.E™ (Low Impact Finish Ensemble) to improve the environmental-sustainability performance of their products, by reducing the need for water, energy and hazardous chemicals in their finishing processes. Their MADE-BY validation work highlights the environmental impact benefits of the L.I.F.E™ finishing method in comparison to a more conventional ensemble process.
Company Certifications: ISO 9001
Soorty – Pakistan
Founded in 1983, Soorty is Pakistan’s largest vertically-integrated manufacturer of denim fabrics and jeans. A green purchase policy has been implemented since August 2016. The company currently recycles 70% of its waste and continues to reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption. It collaborates with I:COLLECT to process Post-Consumer Waste and uses a recycling plant that has the capability to process a variety of materials such as spinning waste, denim waste and garment waste. It has a C2C Gold Certified TM Denim fabric line to embrace conscious consumerism with an emphasis on a circular economy, transparency and the launch of the world’s first clean liquid indigo.
Company Certifications: commissioning of LEED Platinum factory, WWF-Pakistan, BCI
The eco-conscious denim collection has been created in collaboration with Tonello.
For 35 years, the Tonello name has been a reference for leading laundry and dyeing companies. They use technologies that are always evolving with the market, technologies that respect the environment and consume less energy and additives. They are contributing to the success of the Made in Italy label across all continents. They have also introduced Ecofree 2 technology, an all-around responsible solution to washing and dyeing that consumes less oxygen and electricity by using an ozone treatment.