Cone, Lenzing and Unifi Partner for Future Black + Denim With Recycled Materials

December 8, 2017 - fall Denim


Cone Denim’s Future Black+ fabric is done with Lenzing Modal and Unifi’s recycled Repreve fibers. The fabric has a soothing hand, good widen and retains a tone by some-more than 20 washes.

Fiber makers Lenzing and Unifi have teamed adult with fabric indent Cone Denim to deliver Future Black+, a denim done with Unifi’s recycled Repreve fibers and Lenzing Modal.

A span of jeans done from Forever Black+ contains adult to 17 recycled cosmetic bottles, according to a companies. The colorfast, fade-resistant fabric is a brew of Repreve recycled fibers with a soothing palm of Lenzing Modal fibers.

Future Black+ denim is done by bone-head dyeing a fiber. Introducing tone during a fiber-production routine saves appetite and creates more-permanent colorfastness given a tone permeates a whole fiber rather than only a surface. According to association tests, denim done from Future Black+ defended a tone even after some-more than 20 washes.

“Lenzing has always been committed to sustainability and creation a production routine as eco-friendly as possible,” pronounced Tricia Carey, executive of tellurian business growth for denim during Lenzing, a Austrian builder of Lenzing Modal. “By partnering with Cone Denim and Unifi, we were means to work with like-minded companies to emanate an modernized product that saves resources via a production process.”

Cone introduced a fabric during a new Kingpins trade shows in Amsterdam and New York. Future Black+ joins Cone’s TruTone fabrics line. Kara Nicholas, clamp boss of product pattern and selling for Greensboro, N.C.–based Cone Denim, pronounced a partnership between Cone, Lenzing and Unifi furthers Cone’s joining to be “a sustainability personality and denim innovator.”

“Color influence in black denim is an increasingly critical trend for consumers and a ideal fit with a TruTone fabric story, focused around black and indigo-like navy fabrics that offer autarchic tone influence and all of a combined advantages of a environmental story,” she said.

In further to Repreve’s recycled content, Lenzing Modal has a significantly revoke environmental impact than required painted fabric, according to a company. Lenzing Modal is done regulating a production routine that uses fewer chemicals, reduction appetite and 64 percent reduction H2O during a tone process, a association said.

“By mixing Lenzing Modal fiber with Repreve, we are means to prove some of a biggest consumer final for a marketplace,” pronounced Jay Hertwig, Unifi’s clamp boss of tellurian code sales and reward value-added sales.

10 billion bottles


10 BILLION BOTTLES: Unifi recently recycled a 10 billionth bottle and has set new recycling goals for a entrance years.

Based in Greensboro, N.C., Unifi recently recycled a 10 billionth cosmetic bottle. The association skeleton to recycle 20 billion bottles by 2020 and 30 billion bottles by 2022.

Unifi will launch a Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards to commend companies “committed to production tolerable products with Repreve opening fibers.”

“Unifi could not have reached a 10 billion-bottle miracle but a joining from a business to yield earth-friendly products, and a Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards give us a event to appreciate a partners who helped make it possible,” pronounced Unifi Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hall. “A immeasurable disproportion can be done if some-more companies commend a impact they have on a world and take stairs to revoke it. The Repreve Champions of Sustainability Awards are meant to respect and enthuse companies to source responsibly and take sustainability strategies to a subsequent level.”

The winners of a endowment will be announced during a Outdoor Retailer trade uncover in January.

Next-gen Tencel

Lenzing recently introduced another tolerable fiber to a offerings. Refibra joins Lenzing’s other brands, including Lenzing Modal and Tencel. All are synthetic cellulosic fibers done regulating a closed-loop process.

Dubbed a “new era of Tencel,” Refibra is done from timber pap that includes string bits from slicing operations. Using recycled synthetic cellulosic element reduces a need to remove additional tender materials and lowers a impact on healthy resources.

“Denim attire has a high impact on a environment, and consumers are seeking alternatives with a sourroundings in mind. Lenzing is charity a viable resolution with Refibra-branded lyocell fibers to yield creation with reduced environmental impact,” pronounced Lenzing’s Carey.


is among a initial companies to use Lenzing’s Refibra fibers in a Pre-Fall 2018 collection. Although DL1961 has been regulating Lenzing’s Tencel fibers in a denim given 2012, Refibra is new for a New York–based brand.

“It is a shortcoming as a association and as leaders in a denim attention to make certain we are always in office of improved processes and materials that revoke a environmental footprint all while providing a patron with newer, some-more technologically modernized denim deteriorate after season,” pronounced Maliha Ahmed, arch executive officer of DL1961.

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