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Published on September 7th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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Fab Fabrics: Sustainable Denim from Clariant

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We’ve talked about denim’s planetary impact and even explored some eco-friendly denim options before, so you can imagine how happy I was to run across a new company offering Earth friendly denim!

Why Denim Matters

Denim production is seriously tough on the environment. Conventional denim is made from pesticide-laden cotton – one of the most sprayed crops in the world.

Not only is the fabric a problem, but all of that dye has a huge impact. This CNN report highlights the enormous impact that the denim industry has had on China’s Pearl River:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFnP13l0AC0&feature=player_embedded

Clariant Advanced Denim

That’s where companies like Clariant come in. Clariant Advanced Denim uses 92% less water and 30% less energy to produce denim fabric that wastes 87% less cotton than its conventional counterparts.

The company uses indigo free dyes, which is huge. Indigo is a large part of what contaminated the Pearl River. Their dye process produces a fraction of the waste, and unlike conventional denim dyes, the waste water they produce is sulfite free. The process also adheres to stringent US and international standards for textiles.

While their waste reduction and dye processes are admirable, I would love to see Clariant switch over to organic cotton for their denims. Conventional cotton is genetically modified, which means its production supports big agriculture firms like Monsanto. It’s also responsible for 10% of the world’s pesticide use and 25% of the insecticides. That’s a huge amount of chemicals!

So what do you think? Do Clariant’s benefits outweigh the costs? Would you use it in your denim craft projects?

[Image Credit: Photos via Clariant]

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.advanceddenim.clariant.com Dominik Schneider

    Thanks for the great blog-post. Let us know if you wish to get further information about our new technology.

  • http://Web Peter Mapleston

    For clarification; Clariant does not make denim, it makes chemicals used in the various stages of the denim production process.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky Striepe

      Aha! Thanks for clarifying.

  • http://Web Esther

    Not to be an uber hippie here, but what’s wrong with old jeans from thrift stores? Especially if you’re using them for craft projects then you only need to worry about finding a pair with enough fabric.

  • Andriana

    this is already a good step towards treating our planet in a normal way, have you ever thought about 100% natural dyeing? before 1890 all the colours of fabrics were natural anyway.
    So this brand is still using chemicals, but at least they are conscious in what they are doing, but there are even more and better ways to dye, just be open for it
    andriana

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