Cone Denims new line of fabrics are made from recycled cotton

Cone Denim's new line of fabrics are made from recycled cotton

US-based Cone Denim has developed a new line of fabrics made from recycled cotton using pre-consumer and post-consumer waste.

The Cone Denim Recycled Cotton collection promotes a closed-loop system to produce more socially responsible denims. The company worked with partners in Mexico including Apparel International and Flynn Enterprises to collect and incorporate pre-consumer scraps from the cutting table back into Cone's supply chain and used in the manufacturing of its denim.

Using a closed-loop process Cone is able to bring scraps from original Cone Denim fabrics together with other sustainable components using mindful manufacturing processes to create environmentally conscious Cone fabrics.

"Cone is continually innovating ways to create more sustainable, responsibly produced denims," says Cone Denim president Steve Maggard. "The partnership with Apparel International and Flynn provides an opportunity for us to reclaim scraps of Cone denim to use in creating an even more responsible authentic fabric.

Maggard continues: "It is no secret that making denim requires a significant amount of resources. The use of pre-consumer recycled cotton from Cone's own internal operations and our cut-and-sew partners helps to conserve water by offsetting water used to grow cotton. Additionally, Cone's use of pre and post-consumer recycled cotton has redirected approximately 500,000 pounds of cotton waste from landfills over the last year."

Oscar González Franch, president of Apparel International, adds: "We are excited to be a partner with Cone in creating more sustainable denims. We believe protecting the environment is an obligation and we are pleased to participate in such an urgent and worthy cause as we stand alongside Cone and the industry in their efforts to create more socially responsible denim and find ways to innovate without compromising the consumer's love for authenticity. Reclaiming waste benefits everyone across the supply chain and creates a denim garment that consumers can be proud to wear. We look forward to more expanded projects together."

Cone Denim operates as part of Elevate Textiles, which announced earlier this year its 2025 Sustainability Commitments focused on responsibly sourced fibers, reduced water consumption and reduced greenhouse gases.

As part of Elevate's commitments and that of its portfolio brands, including Cone Denim, efforts are underway across Elevate's brands to use at least 80% sustainably sourced cotton and 50% recycled polyester content; reduce the company's water intensity by 25% per unit of production, and set a specific greenhouse gas target of achieving a 2.5% per year reduction trajectory as part of its participation with the Science Based Target (SBT) Program.

Last month, Cone Denim expanded its sustainability offerings with the launch of a new capsule collection of stretch denims designed to reduce synthetic microfibre accumulation in oceans and landfill.