Awarded for Re-Gen ‘circular denim’ fabric created from regenerated and recycled raw materials
Candiani made it, again. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Greenest Mill in the Blue World created Re-Gen Denim, a unique fabric composed of 50% Refibra™ and 50% recycled fibers.
One year later, the Italian company won the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award, the ‘Olympics’ of textile machinery exhibitions.
Held every four years in Europe, ITMA has a 68-year history of displaying the latest technology for every single work process of textile and garment making.
Re-Gen Denim is a ‘circular denim’ fabric created from regenerated and recycled raw materials: 50% of the Re-Gen fabric comprises Tencel x Refibra Lyocell made of pulp from cotton scraps and wood pulp using Lenzing’s efficient closed-loop process; the other 50% consists of post-industrial recycled Candiani fibres. Candiani’s fabrics are also dyed using green technologies, resulting in substantial reduction in the use of water and chemicals in the fabric production and jean washing process.
“We are a strong believer in sustainability. In creating the Re-Gen fabric, we leveraged Lenzing’s Tencel Lyocell fibres with Refibra technology, and combined it with our inhouse expertise to create an innovative product that is fashionable and environmentally friendly at the same time” said Mr Alberto Candiani, President of Candiani Denim SpA, who received the trophy from CEMATEX president Mr Fritz P. Mayer, at a presentation ceremony on the opening day of ITMA 2019.
The Italian denim company got the best to two among the greatest of denim sector: Levi Strauss & Co, and Lee, praised for their efforts to introduce green innovations into their products and processes.