Kingpins picks its most sustainable standouts
Author: Christopher Blomquist
Candiani Denim was commended for Re-Gen, a blend of 31 percent recycled pre-consumer waste cotton, 2 percent recycled pre-consumer waste elastane, 55 percent lyocell and 12 percent cotton that is OCS- and GRS-certified. Significant amounts of water, chemicals and energy usage are reduced when it is dyed. Bossa’s winning product is Org Deolinda SavesWorldShield, a denim that features a combination of sustainable fibers and dyeing techniques. The recipe for this authentic look fabric includes 54 percent Refibra, 20 percent recycled cotton, 20 percent organic cotton, 5 percent recycled polyester and 1 percent elastane treated with a water-saving Saveblue dyeing process. Neela Blue’s Green by NB, which is GRS-, OCS- and GOTS-certified, was cited because its production requires absolutely no dyeing as Green is made with post-consumer waste cotton that was previously tinted for its first life. This cotton is then blended with organic cotton fibers and spun into yarn using an innovative technique.