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Isko launches R-TWO sustainability programme at IMPACT

Jan '20
Isko launched the R-TWO programme, which reduces the amount of raw materials by relying on a blend of reused cotton and recycled polyester, improving sourcing efficiency throughout the entire field-to fabric production, at the recently held IMPACT show in Paris. Isko, the leading ingredient brand on a global level, is the first denim producer in the world.

IMPACT, the eco-responsible fashion event, was dedicated to established and up-and-coming fashion professionals. The show brought together committed brands who strive to achieve positive results in environmentally responsible fashion and who endeavour to introduce the agenda and criteria to French and International retailers.

Isko continues to focus on reduction and efficient raw material sourcing with the recent introduction of the R-TWO programme. During the processing of raw cotton into yarn, for every 100 kilos of cotton approximately 10 per cent is lost. Isko collects it and prevents it from becoming waste, adding it back into the spinning process whilst obtaining cotton that is fully traced, documented and audited. This verification process has been invented by Isko in partnership with its yarn supplier Sanko, offering full clarity into the traceability of reused cotton from field to fabric. It is also certified with the Content Claim Standard, or CCS, of the Textile Exchange. Born out of the research and development department within Isko headquarters, continuous support towards new innovative fabric collections and patents are safeguarded and developed via a team of textile engineers while PhD lab researchers explore these seasonal fabric innovations, the company said in a media statement.

The R-TWO programme was developed to keep on delivering a futuristic and innovative sustainable approach, one where Isko rethinks its sourcing strategies and refuses to source more raw materials than what is actually needed. Improving, more than ever before, the environmental performance impact of yarn to fabric production, to do better for the planet and its people.

Producing recycled polyester uses less energy than making virgin polyester and lessens the dependence on petroleum as a raw material. Both factors reduce the production’s overall carbon footprint. Depending on the percentage of certified recycled polyester used, R-TWO fabric can either be Global Recycled Standard (GRS) or Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certified.

Isko presented the innovative new R-TWO programme and the latest ISKO X MILES JOHNSON Capsule collection. R-TWO plays a major role in the Isko SS21 fabric collections and features throughout all Isko inspirational and forward-looking denim offer. It invites guests to discover its reuse, recycle, and reduce initiative thereby reinforcing the company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

As part of the R-TWO programme, Isko also presented the ‘Light on the Land’, a visionary collection of 34 designs created by British designer, Miles Johnson in partnership with Isko. These pieces were crafted at the Creative Room in Italy, a place that specialises in the development, design and style research where new innovative ideas are made available to the market. ‘Light on the land’ uses low impact materials as well as responsible finishing techniques, including minimal washing, trims made of eco-metal, natural based buttons, and labels and embroidered rivets. The garments are built to last, which simply means that the more you wear these pieces, the more beautiful they become with age. The capsule collection for both men and women includes jackets and jeans and encompasses reused cotton combined with recycled polyester.

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