Sustainability
Since 1891, our commitment to sustainable practices defines who we are, motivates our actions, and lays the foundation for our vision of tomorrow.
Sustainblue™
A Sustainability Culture

Sustainblue™

Changing the way products are made. Changing the way consumers buy goods. Changing our impact on the world. Sustainblue™ is our environmentally friendly start-to-finish approach for making responsible denim. From sourcing raw material, to the processes at our mills, to up-cycling or giving back to the community, Sustainblue™ is our commitment to making a positive impact.

Process

Our Global Strategy

In 2015 Cone Denim Parras installed a Cogeneration system to enhance the quality and reliability of the power supply coming to the plant. Using 2016 as the baseline, we have a 26% reduction in Greenhouse gas Emissions associated with the thermal energy capture from the Cogeneration System.

1.1M

lbs recycled of waste

35K

tons of CO2 decreased per year

One of our green initiatives is to reduce the emission of CO2 in the air, which also helps to reduce our usage of sulfuric acid in our waste water treatment plant by 20%.

Our Cogeneration system, a combination of heat and power, increases our overall energy efficiency and related environmental impact.

In 2018 alone, we redirected 1.1 million pounds of waste from landfills due to efforts to recover and re-introduce fiber and other soft waste into our fabrics.

Collections

Made with sustainable technologies

Sustainblue™ is our environmentally friendly collection comprised of constructions using recycled fiber and sustainable components. This collection is constantly evolving and growing to reflect our commitment to the environment.

441M

average liters of water reduction per year

26%

reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

We offer recycled pre-consumer and post-consumer cotton blends as part of our Sustainblue™ fabric collection. The pre-consumer recycled cotton fiber is recovered and reintroduced during our manufacturing process. Recycling pre-consumer fibers and post-consumer goods diverts waste from landfills.

Our certified Organic Cotton fabrics are made using 100% organically grown cotton without pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. Organic cotton grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment.

We incorporate TENCEL™ and TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ blends into the Sustainblue™ fabric collection. These 100% bio-degradable fibers produced from sustainably sourced wood by environmentally responsible processes are desirable for their softness, strength, and inherent moisture absorption.

All Cone Denim mills offer our DISTILLED INDIGO™ collection featuring some of the most sustainable indigo dyes available with a dye method recognized by top environmental certification companies. Our collection also includes indigo dyes that are hydrosulfite-free and analine-free.

Natural Indigo was the dye-stuff used when we produced our very first fabrics in the late 1800's. We have an exclusive agreement with Stony Creek Colors of Nashville, Tennessee to deliver reliable USDA certified bio-based dyes sourced from a trusted network of farmers throughout the Southeastern U.S.

REPREVE® recycled polyester is one of the fiber components of our Sustainblue™ fabric collection. This recycled material derived from post-consumer waste from plastic bottles is certified and traceable. We are recognized as REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability by Unifi, Inc. celebrating brand and textile partners who have shown exemplary commitment to sustainability.

COMMUNITY

Supporting our communities

Blue Jeans Go Green

Blue Jeans Go Green

We are a proud partner of Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program. A call-to-action to recycle denim and give it "new life" by converting it to UltraTouch™ Denim insulation and each year a portion of this insulation is distributed to organizations to help building efforts across the country.

4.5K

pieces of Cone denim collected

> 2 tons

of our textile waste diverted from landfills

10K

sq. ft. insulation manufactured

Blue Jeans Go Green

We are a proud partner of Cotton Incorporated's Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program. A call-to-action to recycle denim and give it "new life" by converting it to UltraTouch™ Denim insulation and each year a portion of this insulation is distributed to organizations to help building efforts across the country.

Local Impact

Local Impact

From supporting our employees and their families with different programs including health fairs, summer camp and scholarships to giving back to the nearby areas by planting trees, renovating schools, supporting the elderly, disabled and local girl’s orphanage, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on our local communities.

PARTNERS & CERTIFICATIONS

It's all about trust

One of the keys to a successful sustainable future is having the right partners–partners as dedicated to responsible practices and innovative ways to improve performance on every level as we are.

PARTNERS

CERTIFICATIONS