Crystal International has joined hands with Ellen MacArthur Foundation and over 60 signatories by participating in the foundation’s Jeans Redesign project. By becoming a signatory, Crystal International has committed to producing jeans as per Jeans Redesign guidelines that set minimum requirements about garment durability, recyclability and traceability.
As one of the signatories of the Jeans Redesign project, Crystal International is striving to ensure jeans last longer, can easily be recycled, and are made in a way that is better for the environment and the health of garment workers. Crystal Denim, the denim division of Crystal International, is working with the customers and proactively rethinking the design and production of denim to cope with waste, pollution, harmful chemicals and production practices across the industry, the group said. Set out by more than 80 denim experts, the Jeans Redesign guidelines outline the principles of the circular economy so that the manufacturers, such as Crystal International, can create clothes that never become waste.
With the new products manufactured according to the Jeans Redesign guidelines, Crystal Denim ensures all products can withstand a minimum of 30 home laundries while retaining the test standard of durability. The jeans are made with a minimum of 98 per cent cellulose-based fibres (by weight in total textile composition) and are sourced from regenerative farming, organic or transitional methods, in which the organic materials are certified with GOTS or OCS. The recycled fabric are also certified with RCS and Repreve. During the production process, the chemicals used will comply with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) Level 1 at a minimum. Some traditional finishing processes, such as conventional electroplating, potassium permanganate, stone finishing and sand blasting are prohibited. The number of metal rivet will be minimised and the trims could be easily removed by pre-processing of recycling.
“We see circular design as the future and we are proud to be part of the movement to transform the way we produce jeans. The whole industry can collaborate and will all positively benefit by working together. Crystal international plays a vital role in bringing positive impacts for the environment, society and the health of the workers working in the apparel industry,” Catherine Chiu, general manager, corporate quality and sustainability department of Crystal International, said in a press release.
By following Jeans Redesign guidelines to produce new denim products which will be available next year, Crystal International will take another great step towards redesigning the future and making fashion circular.
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