Tejidos Royo, a Spanish denim manufacturer, and Tailorlux, a German company that provides authentication and traceability solutions, are developing a new system that aims to offer more sustainable denims made with Spanish cotton.
By mid-September 2021, a Spanish cotton grower, in cooperation with local organizations, will add Tailorlux tracer fibers to freshly harvested cotton bales. Through this technology Tailorlux fiber will allow marking and tokenize the virgin fibers.
Along with it, as Tejidos Royo has developed its Dry Indigo foam dyeing technology that uses no water and it will use Spanish cotton grown at a short distance for this new denim, the fabric specialist claims to offer the lowest impact European cotton denim fabric.
Thanks to Tailorlux’s marking and tokenization system of fibers, yarn and fabric producers together with brands will be able to verify the traceability and originality of the fabric all along the supply chain. Moreover, Tailorlux IntegriTex proprietary technology, combined with blockchain tokenization and artificial intelligence, can detect the dilution of original materials, from thread to fabric to garment guaranteeing higher levels of transparency in tracing fabrics and materials used throughout the value chain.
“This collaboration is beyond Tailorlux and Tejidos Royo. It is the possibility for brands and European cotton growers to connect directly,” said Tobias Herzog, managing director at Tailorlux. “We at Tailorlux are thrilled to make European Cotton traceable and initiate nearshoring strategies of the textile industry.”
Tobias Herzog, managing director, Tailorlux
“After reducing to a minimum the way denim is dyed, now our objective is to reduce as much as possible the CO2 emissions of our fabrics,” continued Jose Royo, sales director, Tejidos Royo. “It is a honor for us to work with an industry leader like Tailorlux, as together, we can go one step beyond becoming ‘glocal and traceable.’ Thanks to this new technology, we add cotton growers to the equation as our target is total transparency in the value chain,” he added.
Jose Royo, sales director, Tejidos Royo
This new project was started two months ago and for this first step the technology will be applied only to Tejidos Royo’s denim articles made with recycled yarn, although Tejidos Royo’s ambition is that its whole production incorporates this tracing system.
Although the project is still in the implementation phase, both partners are doing their best to offer the first products as part of Tejidos Royo’s collection within the s/s 2023 selection.
Tejidos Royo, Tailorlux and the Spanish textile laboratory Eurofins are also working to get certified and get the tracing project accredited. Moreover, as all Spanish cotton is not genetically modified, the use of pesticides is very restricted and the cotton is grown and transformed locally at practically at “0 km.” Thus the aim to reach a more responsible and very low impact European cotton denim seems not far from becoming reality.