Candiani SpA has won the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award for Re-Gen, its “circular denim” fabric created from regenerated and recycled raw materials, a recent release from ITMA reports. The Candiani Re-Gen denim was created to commemorate the company’s 80th anniversary.
Re-Gen is composed of 50 percent Tencel x Refibra Lyocell made of pulp from cotton scraps and wood pulp using Lenzing’s closed-loop process. The other 50 percent consists of post-industrial recycled Candiani fibers. Candiani’s fabrics are also dyed using green technologies, reducing the use of water and chemicals in the fabric production and jean washing process.
Candiani won over two other finalists for the ITMA Industry Excellence Award; Levi Strauss & Co. and Lee (parent company VF Corp.), were also praised for their efforts to introduce green innovations in their products and processes.
The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX) launched the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award in 2015 to encourage greater industry collaboration and synergies, as well as spur more research and development efforts to drive business and contribute to a circular economy.
CEMATEX is comprised of national textile machinery associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It is the owner of ITMA, which has a 68-year history of displaying technology for work processes in textile and garment making.