Epic Group, a key player in the apparel industry from Hong Kong, announced a new strategic partnership with Clean Kore, a company specialized in denim innovation and patent licensing company.
The new agreement aims at scaling the Clean Kore patented yarn dyeing technology that provides sustainability benefits for both the denim mill and garment manufacturer.
Clean Kore patented technology aims to innovate the process used to dyeing yarns at the denim mills by keeping intact the white core of the yarn and only dyeing the surface.
This technology can help significantly reduces water, chemicals and process time in the denim garment finishing stage. Denim garment finishing often involves various manual processes such as hand sanding and hand whiskering, spraying of harmful Potassium Permanganate (PP) (done by heavily protective equipment donned personnel), and multiple washing cycles.
Clean Kore technology coupled with lasers enable elimination of the PP spray process, significantly improving health and wellbeing of apparel workers, as well as emissions of harmful chemicals. This way manual processes can be eliminated in most styles and significantly reduced in others.
Clean Kore technology also enables the reduction of wash cycles by reducing water, chemical use and process time, adding to the sustainability credentials of the end products.
The products currently tested by Epic Group and Clean Kore demonstrate up to 44% of water savings in garment finishing and up to 60% of energy savings in the fabric dyeing stage, along with the elimination of PP spray.
Through their partnership, Epic Group and Clean Kore aim to rapidly scale up the adoption of this technology in partnership with Epic Group’s customer base. In the first year, the partnership plans to reach over four million pairs of denim and working towards a scale of 15 - 20 million pairs of denim per annum in the next three years, converting a large portion of Epic Group’s denim production to Clean Kore technology.
Epic Group has been operating in jeans manufacturing since 2005. It employs over 30,000 people through nine manufacturing facilities worldwide producing 120,000 million of garments annually.