Global denim specialist Cone Denim will launch a new US-grown hemp denim collection in collaboration with Bast Core, an expert hemp processing company.
As-first-to market, the 130-year-old US denim manufacturer is proud about this new achievement as it can expand its sustainable denim offerings, increase its support of the American agriculture industry, and launch a denim made with Alabama hemp and U.S. cotton, and dyed with natural indigo grown in Tennessee.
Founded in 2014, Bast Core is a specialized natural fiber supplier, the creator of the patent-pending technology and a proprietary process that produces clean, mechanically processed, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and USDA bio-preferred hemp fiber in Montgomery, Alabama.
Cone’s U.S. Hemp Collection includes a range of fabrics including classic 3x1, comfort stretch and modern workwear constructions. The collection further expands upon Cone’s sustainability and traceability practices as it is made with US-grown hemp, indigo, and cotton crops, and manufactured in the company’s mills in Mexico, therefore producing a very low environmental impact and footprint.
“U.S. farmers have world-class sustainable growing practices and produce quality products used in Cone’s denims including cotton, corn for sizing starch, natural plant-based indigo, and more recently, hemp. We are proud to support the American agriculture industry and work alongside like-minded partners who share our passion and commitment,” he added.
Hemp offers some significant benefits in creating a highly sustainable denim. When it is grown, it saves 50% water consumption compared to cotton. No chemicals, wet processing, pesticides, or herbicides are used. Hemp grows in a variety of soils with excellent biodegradability. It is antimicrobial, has high tensile strength, moisture regain content, and tenacity properties.
Hemp and natural indigo crops also have high rates of carbon sequestration, which ultimately benefits the environment and improves the soil’s health for other crops.
Cone will launch the U.S. Hemp Collection at the next Kingpins Amsterdam happening on April 20th-21st, 2022.