Calik Denim, a Turkish denim mill, has recently launched a new range of denim fabrics in its Fall/Winter 22-23 collection with the potential to advance the industry’s sustainable transformation. The collection, RE/J, is a 100% recycled concept, consisting of entirely post- and pre-consumer waste. This range provides authentic vintage denim looks with varying elasticity by using fibers such as EcoMade Lycra and Repreve PES, both derived from recycled plastic bottles. The concept uses an open-end spinning process and utilizes Calik’s Dyepro technology, which uses no water and produces zero chemical waste during the dyeing process.
The company has also developed the E-Denim technology for incorporating high levels of recycled content into denim without sacrificing quality. The technology allows the mill to increase its total recycled content rate to 50% in stretch fabrics and 80% to 100% in rigid product groups. Calik has stated that the industry average currently hovers around 20%.