Being one of the most polluting industries worldwide, it is not a secret that denim manufacturing uses a lot of water, and some other potentially harmful chemicals. Above that, people who work with sandblasting processes (removal of the indigo pigments) may be exposed to dangerous fumes which may cause tuberculosis and silicosis. As technology advances, it could reduce the harm it brings to people and the environment, while becoming more efficient. Denim laser technology is a great example of this.
In the 1960s, Levi's Research Laboratory developed the first CO2 laser technology that has become commonly used in the denim industry today. Laser machines create intense beams of monochromatic light that generate heat within a focused region.
Laser finishing machines are widely used in denim finishing, giving the fabric a faded or patterned look. In denim finishing, there used to be many traditional methods like stone washing, bleaching, distressed looks, 3D effects, PP sprays, and sandblasting, but these methods are not the most ecological or economical. More preferable methods include ozone fading, eFlow, and laser finishing.
In Ozone technology, the natural bleaching capabilities of ozone gas are utilized to create a variety of effects. Compared with traditional dry finishing, this method offers many more advantages. Water consumption is not entirely eliminated, but it is significantly reduced as is energy usage, chemicals, enzymes, and stones. It bleaches faster than other chemicals and stone washing, thereby reducing processing costs, processing time, and impact on the environment.
Special Requirements: Ozone reacts with indigo fabrics only.
The eFlow system works by converting air into air bubbles. By using wet air flow, these bubbles transport chemical finishing products (softeners, dyes, wrinkle-free resins, resins for 3D effects, liquid repellents, etc.) to the garment. The eFlow technique reduces water consumption by 70% and chemical usage by 50%.
Laser technology has the following advantages:
We understand the importance of choosing the right fabric for the right finish. Therefore, we're introducing you to the "Blue Tron" collection of laser-friendly fabrics designed by Neela. With the collection’s efforts in creating eco-friendly denim fabrics alongside other companies, they benefit both people and the planet.
With laser technology, you are not only able to produce garments more environmentally friendly, but also redefine the future of denim as a whole.
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