Denim Mills Invested in Water-Saving Solutions in 2018

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Denim Mills Invested in Water-Saving Solutions in 2018

In 2018, denim mills introduced a series of water-saving solutions to quench the denim industry’s thirst once and for all.

By Angela Velasquez, Sourcing Journal

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In April, Spanish mill Tejidos Royo introduced Dry Indigo, a zero-water foam dyeing process that was more than a decade in the making.

Whereas traditional rope dye for 100 yards of fabric consumes 400 gallons of water, IndigoZero consumes just 3.5 gallons—a 99 percent savings that brings with it fewer costs and greater efficiency and flexibility, since it uses a much smaller machine than other dye techniques.

Additionally, IndigoZero’s foam dyer can be sized to accommodate needs as one machine will dye approximately 3.5 million yards annually. This scaling allows manufacturers to produce at lower levels while reducing the barriers of large-scale needs to justify waste-treatment plants and large rope dye machines. The technology has the potential to reduce a company’s product development cycle by 50 percent to 90 percent. Tejidos Royo holds the worldwide exclusive for the technology until October 2019.

For Naveena, design, technology and sustainability go hand-in-hand. This year, the mill touted Horizon, a line of water-saving fabrics made using a combination of the mill’s sustainable solutions, including Ecolean and Aqualter waterless dye developed in partnership with DyStar, and its proprietary H2NO technology.

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