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US textile major Cone Denim has partnered with Archroma to expand its sustainability efforts by adopting the chemicals specialist’s One Way sustainability service.

One Way is designed to help mills and brand owners to evaluate and quantify the environmental impact of various manufacturing inputs including chemicals, processing techniques and raw materials to determine the overall sustainability effectiveness of a product.

“Denim is unique and we are excited to participate as an early adopter to collaborate with Archroma in order to better understand and use the One Way system for effective evaluation of denim fabrics,” says Steve Maggard, senior vice president manufacturing and operations for Cone Denim.

“Over the last year, the combination of Cone’s expertise in denim production and indigo dyeing and Archroma’s broad knowledge of chemical technology and processing has led to tremendous insight in a tool that we believe will become a key resource for decreasing the environmental impact of textile treatments in finished denim products.”

Rainer Roesch, head of new business and projects at Archoma, adds: “With One Way, we are striving to lead industry efforts in demonstrating that sustainability can be a key driver of innovation and performance for our customers. Cone Denim understands the importance and impact this has on the global brands it serves and has been instrumental in the successful application of the One Way tool in evaluating its denim fabrics.”

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Other sustainable initiatives by Cone Denim include its co-generation operations at Cone Denim Parras, reductions in water consumption and new water treatment techniques, drive towards zero waste facilities and the design of authentic denim using sustainable components such as Natural Indigo and different types of post-consumer recycled content.