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ITMA to host a special denim event

There will be a special session on denim production at Planet Textiles on June 22, at Itma, Barcelona. Discussion n key changes on jeans production and some of the predicted changes in denim production from how its sourced in future will be highlighted. A proposal to develop a blueprint for real change that buyers’ retailers and brands can use as a sourcing guide will be outlined. As one of the world’s most popular fabrics, denim has a big impact and it’s become a focal point for environmental change in the textile industry as a whole.

Everyone owns a pair of 100 per cent cotton jeans but this has a greater impact on the environment than making denim with manmade cellulosics or bast fibers. Indigo dye is synonymous with true blue denim look, but its use is problematic – not just because of the lengthy, resource-heavy dyeing process, but also because of some of its potentially hazardous properties.

Are new technologies such as laser technology to produce distressed denim really cost-effective? And do they have their own drawbacks to workers’ safety? How should the denim manufacturing industry make jeans by 2025? And what breakthroughs in technology and thinking are needed to make this happen?