30 Jul '11, 11am

New Eco-Friendly Alternative to 'Sandblasting' Denim Jeans

Called "surface activation," the process washes down denim after dyeing to give jeans a look comparable to sandblasting. Plus, a study published by Biotechnology Journal claims that not only is it better for the environment, but it is more efficient and cheaper, too. Science Daily reports: The surface activation technique presents several advantages, including preventing the decease of fabric strength, shortening the duration of the wash-down process and reducing the concentrations of costly chemicals. Thomas Bechtold at the Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics at the University of Innsbruck concludes that it is one of the few alternatives available to sandblasting jeans. "The surface activation method also allows for more eco-friendly processing of jeans in the garment industry, which is approximately 10% of the total cotton market worldwide," he s...

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Called "surface activation," the process washes down denim after dyeing to give jeans a look comparable to sandblasting. P...

New Eco-Friendly Alternative to 'Sandblasting' ...

treehugger.com 30 Jul '11, 11am

Called "surface activation," the process washes down denim after dyeing to give jeans a look comparable to sandblasting. P...

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