US textile major Cone Denim has launched the latest offering under its Sustainblue denim collection, becoming what is thought to be the first mill to bring Dystar’s eco-friendly Cadira dyeing process to the Americas. 

The new denim adds to the Sustainblue collection of fabrics – an environmentally-friendly collection comprised of denim constructions using recycled cotton, recycled polyester and other sustainable yarns.

The new fabrics are dyed using pre-reduced ‘liquid indigo’ dyes, which are described by Cone as “the cleanest in the market, reducing chemicals and achieving energy and water savings.”

As the first mill to introduce Cadira Distilled Indigo in the western hemisphere, the collection combines Dystar Indigo Vat 40% Solution, the “most eco-awarded Indigo in the world,” with the ecologically advanced reducing agent Sera Con C-RDA to create a salt-free dye that completely eliminates hydrosulphite. The Cadira process reduces water, waste and energy consumption, and results in strong effluent load reduction to better support mills, brands and retailers in their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their goods.

“As a leader in the evolution of sustainable denims, we are excited to offer Cadira to our customers,” says Pierette Scavuzzo, director product design for Cone Denim. “Our partnership with Dystar reflects our shared commitment to sustainable products and continued innovation. Cadira Distilled Indigo fabrics are part of Cone Denim’s Modern Retro capsule, capturing the authentic spirit of denim, with the most sustainable ingredients and the highest standard of S Gene stretch performance. Better for the earth; better for our brand partners.”

Cadira styles of Distilled Indigo will debut at Kingpins Amsterdam, April 10-11, 2019.