The denim manufacturer AGI Denim is launching a collaboration with Triarchy, a US sustainable fashion brand, to create a fully recyclable denim collection.
The five-piece capsule "Cellsius: Designing with The Earth in Mind" offers a jean, a jacket, a tunic dress, a pair of shorts, and a vest, and is sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus stores and online at triarchy.com.
The collection was born from an idea created by AGI Denim by assembling some of the industry's innovative raw material producers and technology suppliers.
Stakeholders for this project include Renewcell for fiber, Coats for threads, Jeanologia for laser and dry process, and Kaiser for chemistry.
"Responsible manufacturing has been a core belief for us. Creating a biodegradable garment and disassembling it in just a few steps is a radical innovation. We are grateful that our supply chain partners helped make this become a reality,” said Ahmed Javed, executive director, AGI Denim.
“We hope this collaboration acts as a blueprint for scaling circular manufacturing as it creates a business model that can bring about collective action for better clothes,” he added.
The special pieces of this capsule are made with a new AGI Denim fabric made without any synthetic fibers, but with a 100% cellulosic blend consisting of 70% organic cotton, 9% Circulose, a recycled material made from textile waste, and 21% viscose from sustainably managed forests.
Mechanical recycling initially required tearing facilities to discard synthetic garments portions, including polyester pocket linings and threads.
The garments were then sewn using Coats Eco Cycle threads, which can be dissolved at the end of the lifecycle by immersing the garment at 100 °C for 20 minutes.
The Cellsius collection was finished with laser technology from Jeanologia through an eco-friendly dry process. Along with that, the garment’s wet process finishing used ozone bleach and stone-free enzymes from Kaiser, a leading sustainable laundry auxiliaries and colorants provider.
AGI Denim used its Refresh technology recycled water for this production–from dyeing and finishing the fabric to washing the jeans–eliminating freshwater use.
Despite jeans and jackets commonly use metal and plastic zippers, the pieces in this capsule are complete with biodegradable lyocell fiber buttons.