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Ongoing Kingpins New York focuses on sustainability and heritage in denim

Kingpins New York is on from June 12 to 13, 2019. The trade show is focusing on sustainable development and heritage within the denim market. Kingpins is committed to pushing the denim industry toward a better future. A prequel to the show featured experts from brands such as G-Star and Wrangler mixed with manufacturers, fabricants, chemical engineers and technology experts. G-Star is a pioneer of responsible production with its Raw aesthetic, 3D engineered ergonomic denim innovations, a circular design, and a transparent supply chain data. It is the first denim brand to use dyes made from upcycled plant waste. Wrangler’s foam dyed denim not only reduces water use by 100 per cent, but energy and waste by 60 per cent each. Soorty has unveiled the world’s first waterless garment dyeing technology.

Indigo is the king of denim and has been around for 6000 years. Images of dyes bleeding into rivers and an inundation of data on its chemical composition and toxic byproducts have put the denim industry on high alert. It takes 2000 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans. Fifteen per cent of fabric intended for clothing ends up on the cutting room floor of which 85 per cent goes to landfills.