Crystal International Group, the Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing giant, will soon launch a denim range that is manufactured from cutting room scraps.
This move is another step towards its efforts to recycle textile waste.
The Second Life closed loop denim to be launched in the second quarter of 2020 has been developed by its Chinese eco-denim factory Zhongshan Yida Apparel, which produces 20 millions garments annually.
The move has been bought to life as the company works on to collect sorted scraps from the cutting table of partnered industry peers and recyclers. These scraps are then processed into high quality fibres and new fabrics.
The recycled range will be certified with Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), and can be categorised by material stream to provide full traceability for brands.
The innovations will reduce the harmful environmental effects that are caused due to the manufacturing of virgin denim, especially the water consumption.
As the cotton cultivation accounts for almost 80 per cent of the water consumption, this process will result in saving the valuable resource tremendously.
Miles Lam, Assistant General Manager of Product Development, Crystal Denim, commented “With the development of closed loop denim, the company aims to drive circular fashion in a traceable and transparent way, and maximise the value and particularly of waste recycling.”
Crystal group is one of the largest apparel manufacturers in the world, producing more than 470 million pieces of clothing a year, with an annual turnover of US $ 2.5 billion.