The mills’ commitments to eco-responsible fashion

Next 3 & 4 December at Printworks London, you’ll discover Habitat 21  – a fashion-forward & responsible project created by Denim PV. Indeed, Habitat 21″ highlights the exhibitors’ eco-responsible approaches and help you create sustainable fashion.

Therefore, we give you the oppotunity to meet with 12 of Denim PV Smart Creation exhibitors participating in “Habitat 21″ .
Go throught this article and discover the mills’ sustainable innovations and initiatives!

Advance Denim – China

Founded in 1987, Advance Denim was the first denim mill in China. The company is committed to the environmental sustainability of the denim industry. That’s why they bring “green thinking” to their work, reducing energy consumption and water usage to improve their carbon footprint. Also, they maintain their own Restricted Substance Lists (RSL), which all their suppliers must comply with, and which is monitored and enforced through a rigorous system of testing and verification.


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Berto Industria Tessile Manifattura 1887 – Italy

Since its founding in 1887 in Bovolenta, Berto has continued its production in the place it was born. In fact, over the decades, research, know-how and an ability to follow changing markets have elevated the company to a central role in the Made in Italy denim production chain. Nowadays, sustainability is closely linked to R&D. That’s why all its production processes have been redesigned and improved, with, for example, the use of organic cotton and cotec® yarns, natural indigo, high energy-efficient looms (energy savings of 81 tons of CO2 a year), LED lighting systems, eco-finishings, and more. Moreover, the company has a certified biological sewage treatment plant.

Company certifications: ISO 9001, Consorzio Internazionale Implementazione Detox, BCI, OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100, GOTS

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Calik Denim – Turkey

Since its founding in 1987, Calik Denim has acted on the basis of corporate principles and ethical values in all business operations (economic, environmental, business and social sustainability). Indeed, the company aims to add value to the economy, and further environmental and social values through a sustainable approach. Actually, the company developed D-clear technology to use fewer chemicals and reduce by 40% the use of water in indigo dyeing and 83% during finishings.

Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001, GOTS. BCI, OEKO-TEX

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Evlox/Tavex – Morocco

Denim makers since 1846, the company produces 15 million metres of premium denim every year and is synonymous with improvement, innovation and leadership. In this respoect, their sustainability commitment is evident in their choice of raw materials like Organic, BCI, or Recycled cotton and Recycled polyester as well as their firm goal to rationalize consumption and minimize emissions in their processes. They also organize workshops focused on fashion sustainability. Moreover, internal developments include PCRD (Post-Consumer Recycled Denim) with complete traceability of all the materials used.

Company Certifications: GOTS, GRS, OCS,  OEKO-TEX,  ISO 9001 and 14001

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Kilim Denim – Turkey

Kilim denim started manufacturing denim 80 years ago and was the first denim factory in Turkey. The factory wants to keep denim’s unique attributes alive and features a capacity of 12 million meters of denim fabrics a year. On top of that, Kilim denim is very conscious about sustainability. As a matter of fact, they use recycled fibers, eco-friendly dyes and they also recycle their waste and use renewable resources. Since 2015, they have decreased their use of electricity by 40% and their use of water by 65%. Moreover, they just launched the Re-Create project with fabrics made with natural fibers, recycled yarns and post-consumer products. Last but not least, their Cactus project intends to reduce by 93% the use of water and fix the indigo better during the dyeing process.

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Naveena Denim Mill – Pakistan

Established in Pakistan in 1971, Naveena Denim Mill is specialized in manufacturing premium yarn and denim fabrics. They work to minimize the environmental impact of their operations using natural resources in the most efficient way possible through constant R&D in responsible technologies and developing sustainable products. They also use organic cotton, sustainable fibres and blends, and sustainable dyeing and finishing processes. As part of its circular water vision, after installation of water recycling plant in 2024, Naveena Denim will be able to reuse its water in dying, sizing and finishing. On top of that, their Transparent Blues line aims to create the “most sustainable denim” in processes and materials and to minimize its environmental impact and use of natural resources (ecofibra from wood).

Company Certifications: BCI, ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 45001: 2018, Oeko-Tex

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Orta Anadolu – Turkey

Orta began manufacturing denim in 1985 and now produces over 60 million metres of denim in its Turkey and Bahrain factories. At the start of 2000, they began their sustainability journey by using organic cotton. In 2010, they founded their sustainable division Orta Blu, and are making a bold commitment to be a leader in transforming the denim industry through the use of the most advanced natural technologies. As a matter of fact, each fabric is made using the INDIGO FLOW process (70% reduction in water use, better dye penetration, energy savings) and each and every Orta garment is labelled with a unique QR code, providing full transparency as to the making of the fabrics, to measure its environmental impact.

Distinctions: acquired the 3rd party Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for 4 products

Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 50001, ISO 27001, ISO 10002, OHSAS 18001, BCI

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Panama Trimmings – Italy

Founded more than 35 years ago, Panama Trimmings SRL is a well-established Italian manufacturer producing labels, hang-tags, printed tapes and similar trimmings. They combine the high quality of Made in Italy, experience and innovation. This is the reason why, they operate their business in a manner that accounts for its social and environmental impact and have installed a photovoltaic power system completely covering their power demand. Panama Trimmings offer a wide range of sustainable products such as woven labels made of 100% recycled PET, cork labels, bio-degradable fake-material or chrome-free leather.

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Prosperity Textile – China

Prosperity Textile is a large-scale vertically integrated denim fabric manufacturer with production units in China and Vietnam and was founded in 1999. The company strives to reduce its carbon footprint that is why it uses a wide range of sustainably sourced fibres such as cotton to Tencel®, lyocell through Repreve®, Sorona® and Coffee Charcoal. Furthermore, their production includes eco-responsible indigo dyeing technologies, thus reducing water use, chemicals and CO2. Since 2016, they have implemented a solar program, cutting CO2 emissions by 217 tons, and they have also installed a Sewage Treatment Plant to process the waste water from dyeing and finishing.

Distinctions: awarded the prestigious “Innovative Pilot Enterprises of Internet and Industry Integration” by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (2014)

Company Certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14000, LYCRA EXCHANGE, BCI, COTTON LEADS, SAC, Bluesign® system partner

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Rajby – Pakistan

Rajby presents its C2C Certified Gold Denim Fabrics line, a step towards promoting circular economy / design: eco-responsible materials, chemicals / dyestuffs, processes and environmental management.
Moreover, with the BFI (Better Future Initiative), Rajby focuses on the preservation of nature and living organisms, while countering any negative impact arising during the denim manufacturing process: Zero Water Discharge Process, Repreve, PCRD, PIRD….

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Raymond Uco – India

Raymond UCO introduces its sustainable-colour denims. Indeed, the coloured-denim range comprises fabrics that are yarn dyed and made from sustainable dyestuffs. As a matter of fact,  this process significantly reduce the use of chemicals during dyeing. In addition, the company develops fabrics coated using natural colours extracted from plants and fruits, which are sustainable in a variety of ways.

All colours are REACH, ZDHC, GOTS 5.0 & OEKO-TEX compliant and thus have a direct impact on reducing global warming.

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Soorty – Pakistan

Founded in 1983, Soorty is Pakistan’s largest vertically-integrated manufacturer of denim fabrics and jeans. A green purchase policy has been implemented since August 2016. In this respect, the company currently recycles 70% of its waste and continues to reduce its carbon footprint and energy consumption. It also collaborates with I:COLLECT to process Post-Consumer Waste and uses a recycling plant that has the capability to process a variety of materials such as spinning waste, denim waste and garment waste. It has a C2C Gold Certified TM Denim fabric line to embrace conscious consumerism with an emphasis on a circular economy, transparency and the launch of the world’s first clean liquid indigo.

Company Certifications: commissioning of LEED Platinum factory, WWF-Pakistan, BCI

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To discover the eco-responsible creations of these 12 denim mills, come to Denim PV next Dec. 3 & 4 and dive into Habitat 21!

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