Cone says the evolving partnership with BastCore continues to open new opportunities for collaboration between like-minded companies providing increased sustainable denim offerings to customers while increasing Cone’s support of American agriculture.

The innovators at BastCore have created patent-pending technology and a proprietary process that produces clean, mechanically processed, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and USDA bio-preferred hemp fibre out of its operation in Montgomery, Alabama.

The company transforms hemp, a low input, high-yielding crop, into numerous sustainable biobased products from the bast and hurd (wood), expanding the use cases for the full hemp plant to bridge the gap between farmers growing hemp and industries demanding cost-competitive, sustainably produced raw materials.

“Cone is extremely proud to work closely with an industry-recognised company like BastCore as we advance our commitment to provide more sustainable, alternative fibre options to our denim community,” says Cone Denim president, Steve Maggard. “With a shared goal of pushing new sustainability levels, our partnership with BastCore is creating exciting opportunities that support US agriculture and its use of world-class practices and responsibly sourced products. Cone does not take its leadership in sustainable innovation lightly and is always searching for new ways to collaborate across the industry to drive innovation, increase traceability and lessen environmental impact.”

BastCore CEO Coleman Beale, adds: “When BastCore began working with Cone, it was clear to us that they had the expertise to develop an industry-leading hemp denim product. Just as important to us, was Cone’s commitment to sustainability, traceability, and support of local farmers here in the United States.”

Cone recently launched its US Hemp Collection with BastCore at the KingPins Amsterdam Show in April and July. This collection includes a range of fabrics featuring classic 3×1 and comfort stretch to modern workwear constructions. Using BastCore US grown hemp, along with other locally sourced materials including natural indigo and US cotton, Cone says it maintains close proximity to its manufacturing operations in Mexico and continues to reduce its environmental footprint.