Candiani and Denham have launched the world’s first biodegradable stretch denim. Candiani is an Italian denim mill. Denham is a Dutch company. Candiani created this denim from organic cotton wrapped around a natural rubber core. By replacing the common synthetic and petrol-based elastomers with a new, custom-engineered component, Candiani has created an innovative biodegradable stretch denim fabric without compromising on elasticity and recovery properties. The result means brands can offer stretch jeans made from renewable resources and free from plastics and micro-plastics.
The first range of bio-stretch selvedge is exclusive to Denham, and available immediately at Denham stores and on its website. The collection includes limited and individually numbered jeans in its signature York and Razor styles for men.
Biodegradable components have been an area of investment for Candiani. In 2018, the mill debuted its 80th anniversary fabric, ReGen, a rigid selvedge fabric composed of 50 per cent Refibra fibers and 50 per cent recycled fibers. In spring 2019, Candiani released a stretch version, ReLast, made with a recycled elastomer developed exclusively for the mill by Asahi Kasei. At Kingpins Amsterdam in October, Candiani rolled out the last of its Re family of fabrics, ReSolve, a fabric made with organic cotton and a degradable stretch yarn.