• US textile major Cone Denim has used First-Mile branded recycled polyester from Thread International in its latest stretch denim offering.
  • S Gene + with Thread offers the authentic look and feel of traditional denim with advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric.
  • Thread recycles plastic waste collected in Haiti and Honduras to make performance fabric.
S Gene + with Thread offers the authentic look and feel of traditional denim with advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric

S Gene + with Thread offers the authentic look and feel of traditional denim with advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric

US textile major Cone Denim has given its S Gene collection a sustainable boost by partnering with responsible fibre and fabric producer Thread International, which recycles plastic waste collected in Haiti and Honduras to make performance fabric.

S Gene + with Thread combines the advanced stretch technology of the traditional S Gene fibre with socially sustainable denim fabrics made with Thread International's First-Mile branded recycled polyester, and adds to Cone's Sustainblue collection of fabrics - an environmentally-friendly collection comprised of denim constructions using recycled cotton, recycled polyester and other sustainable yarns.

"Our exclusive denim partnership with Thread International further affirms Cone Denim's commitment to not just sustainability but also social responsibility," says Kara Nicholas, vice president product design and marketing for Cone Denim. "This exciting addition to Cone's S Gene collection offers the authentic look and feel of traditional denim with advanced stretch, recovery and durability in an eco-friendly fabric. Consumers can feel good about these fabrics knowing that each yard is made with repurposed material that is creating jobs and supporting underdeveloped communities."

Cone Denim says its S Gene innovation was the first of its kind, originally introduced in denim fabrics in 2007, and designed to provide superior stretch and recovery. 

To create these yarns, Cone starts with two core components – spandex and continuous filament which optimises stretch and maximises recovery. The dual-core yarn is wrapped in a spun covering to provide soft cotton hand and natural appearance with added stretch performance.

Thread International's First-Mile branded recycled polyester, meanwhile, supports thousands of dignified jobs and income opportunities in Haiti, Honduras, and Taiwan.

A Certified B Corporation, Thread is on a mission to end poverty by creating "responsible fabric" made from plastic waste collected in Haiti and Honduras, supporting responsible, traceable supply chains.

The company has been working closely with US outdoor apparel and footwear giant Timberland on a number of projects including the reintroduction of cotton as an anchor crop in Haiti.

Timberland helps develop Haiti cotton supply chain