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Cone commits to Circulose

Manufacturer seeking to increase the percentage of recycled content in its denim fabrics.

29th August 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Greensboro, NC, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Cone Denim has become the first denim mill in North America to join the Circulose Supplier Network, comprised of yarn and textile producers working to streamline and increase production with the new fibre being produced in Sweden across the supply chain.

Renewcell’s Circulose is a next-generation raw material derived from the recovery of cellulose found in worn-out clothing and transformed into a dissolving pulp made from 100% recycled textiles. The pulp serves as the foundation for various types of regenerated fibres, including viscose, lyocell, modal, acetate and other man-made cellulosics.

“Joining the Circulose Supplier Network underscores our commitment to drive change towards a sustainable fashion future,” said Caitlyn Holt, Cone Denim director of product and innovation. “We’re committed to making the textile value chain circular by increasing the percentage of recycled content in the denim fabrics we design, develop and bring to market.”

Since 2022, Cone has been actively participating as one of the US trial partners for Accelerating Circularity, a nonprofit that catalyzes new circular supply chains and business models to turn spent textiles into mainstream raw materials. Through this programme, Cone has incorporated recycled and circular fibres into products at scale including offering denim brands RCS-certified, post-industrial waste (PIW) recycled cotton from its mills in China and Mexico.

Over the past five years, the company has invested more than $13 million in new equipment and advanced processes to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing operations. Cone Denim has a roadmap with established targets across water conservation, energy and greenhouse gas reduction (including validated science based targets), waste reduction, and sustainable product development to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

www.conedenim.com

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