GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals showcased in two textile innovations

GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals showcased in two textile innovations image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2016 

CONTACT: Michelle Turner, michelle@cleanproduction.org, 781-391-6743 x 116

Italian chemical company that specializes in chemicals formulated for denim finishing. Garmon has incorporated GreenScreen assessments into their product development process. The results allow Garmon to develop and formulate chemical finishes with relatively low human health and environmental impact.

Michelle Turner, Program Manager for GreenScreen says, “We are very excited to see GreenScreen assessments being used to guide chemical companies to make safer chemical choices. The apparel industry, thanks to Garmon, is embracing a hazard-based approach to identifying safer chemicals.”

Garmon has partnered with Invista, owners of the Lycra® brand, to debut a collection of knit denim concept garments using fabrics made with Invista’s Lycra® Hybrid technology and finished with Garmon’s chemical formulations that have been assessed using GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals.

The second innovation is called Rational Denim, a collection of jeans that have been developed with sustainable actions during each step of the textile supply chain.

Royo, a leading manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, is using 100% Tencel, or Tencel blended with sustainable cotton. The fabric is dyed with Archroma’s Advanced Denim technology. This alternative to indigo uses less water and energy than indigo during the dyeing process. The resulting garments are then finished with Garmon’s GreenScreen-assessed chemicals that contain no Benchmark-1 chemicals or residuals – substances to be avoided due to high hazards – in the formulations.  

Alberto De Conti, Chief Marketing Officer at Garmon Chemicals says, “We are seeing a growing consumer desire for casual apparel that incorporates both performance attributes and environmentally sound manufacturing practices.”

These unique approaches to fashion showcase the continuing importance and consumer desire for safer products. 

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