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Xeros technology is being installed by a major denim manufacturer - a first step to greener jeans  Denim is arguably the world’s favourite fabric. Popularised by 19th century labourers requiring hard wearing garments, denim has been transformed from the original workman’s PPE to become a staple of the global fashion industry. Today, more than 1.2 billion pairs of jeans are sold every year. It’s thought the average woman has 7 pairs in her wardrobe, the average man, 6. But denim exacts a high toll on our environment. Every pair of jeans consumes a vast amounts of fresh water during production and manufacture. Harsh chemicals are used to produce fashionable looks like acid washes, generating harmful emissions, while the fabric itself releases microfibres into our oceans every time it’s washed. And because of this, the industry is under pressure to reduce the impact its products have on the environment. Thankfully, forward-thinking companies are working hard to change this, striving to produce denim in a more sustainable way. Two such companies, Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments Ltd and ABA Group are valued partners of Xeros, adopting our sustainable technologies. Following a landmark deal between Ramsons and ABA, jeans made in Bangladesh and supplied to brands like H&M, Zara and America Eagle, will be made using our sustainable technologies, dramatically reducing their environmental footprint. Why Xeros? Having proven that our XOrb™ and XDrum™ technology can dramatically reduce water, chemistry and energy use, and lower emissions in laundry, we turned our attention to developing solutions for apparel manufacturing. Making clothes is a complicated business that involves many distinct and specialist techniques. But one common process that is used repeatedly in factories, is washing. Before finished garments can be shipped to stores around the world, the fabrics made to use them, and the finished garments themselves, are washed many times. Washing processes are also used in applying certain textile finishes. This is particularly important when it comes to denim. Raw denim is hard and stiff. But by applying special finishes, it is softened and made comfortable to wear and, crucially, achieves the all-important looks that consumers love. The most common of these is Stone Washing. Many of you will remember Levi’s TV commercial from the 1980s when a young man walks into an American laundrette, strips to put his jeans in the drum before tipping in a bag of stones. The classic stonewash look is achieved by washing jeans with lots and lots of stones. Pumice stone to be exact. All of which degrades to a sludge after just three or four washes and must be manually disposed of. XOrbs can be used to achieve the same stonewash effect, but without using stones, using around 75% less water, less chemistry and less energy. So, just as our technologies reduce the environmental impact of laundry, they can significantly improve sustainability in denim finishing. These were just some of the factors that convinced Ramsons and ABA of the benefits of Xeros technologies. WHY ABA? ABA Group is one of the largest manufacturers of finished garments in Bangladesh supplying many of our most familiar fashion brands. It makes 45 million garments every year and 70% of those are denim. It has long advocated sustainable processes and has already taken giant steps to improve environmental performance. Four of its manufacturing facilities are certified by the US Green Building Council as compliant with ‘LEED’ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). And to date the company has made water savings of 53%, energy savings of 46% and reduced its carbon footprint by 45%. The addition of Xeros technologies offers ABA even greater scope to improve these figures – and produce outstanding denim! Sunder Belani, Managing Director of Ramson said: “Xeros technologies were one of the principle reasons for ABA Group selecting Ramsons to equip their new denim finishing operation. “As one of the largest apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh, supplying global leaders in the fashion industry, ABA operates to the highest environmental standards.” SECURING THE DEAL For several months we have been producing sample products for ABA to demonstrate that we can deliver garments to the high quality required by ABA’s clients. This wasn’t easy during lockdown! Normally, our teams work side by side with our partners to ensure everything runs smoothly. This time however, working with Ramsons, which has the exclusive rights to use and distribute Xeros technologies in South Asia, and ABA, we managed to achieve the same thing, virtually. Thank goodness for Zoom! One of the samples we were asked to produce was a high fade / bleaching effect, like that sought by the leading High Street brands they supply. Historically, ABA has used a multi-stage, multi-machine process that involves pumice, abrasion, washing, bleaching, ozone, and acid washing. Not only were we able match the quality of the samples using our technologies, but we could complete the whole process in a single Ramsons machine, using significantly less water, energy and chemistry – reducing effluent emissions, saving time, improving productivity and reducing costs. The result is that ABA will install 9 Xeros-enabled Ramsons denim finishing machines in a brand-new ABA facility. Eight of the machines are 5,000 litre capacity each able to process up to 300 pairs of jeans at a time. GIANT STEPS The deal with ABA is an important step for us at Xeros. It marks the first time that our sustainable technologies will be used in the supply chains of the world’s leading fashion brands. It demonstrates too, to companies across the apparel manufacturing industry, that technologies exist that can help them meet, and go beyond, tough environmental and quality standards required by legislators and consumers alike. The order with ABA Group is a first step for Xeros into garment manufacturing. But it will be the first of many that help us take a giant step towards achieving more sustainable clothing for all. If you would like to find out more about how we are applying our technologies in the apparel sector, or if you are a garment manufacturer looking for sustainable solutions, please get in touch using our contact form. Mike Ferrand Managing Director, Commercial Products     [Sustainability, Case Studies, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Blog, Commercial Progress]

Mike Ferrand: How Xeros Is Making Your Blue Jeans, Green

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Microfibres from natural sources, like the cotton used to make jeans, could be just as damaging Over the last few years many of us have become familiar with the word ‘microfibres’ – tiny pieces of the fabric used to make our clothes, which break off when we wash and wear them. In most cases, when we talk about microfibres we think of clothes made from synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon, which are made from the same oil-based compounds used to make many other plastic items, like straws or carrier bags. When microfibres break off from these clothes they form a type of microplastic and are a major source of pollution, affecting the deepest parts of the ocean and the farthest reaches of the Arctic. But now scientists are beginning to ask a troubling question – could ‘natural’ microfibres, like cotton, also be a problem? Denim It’s estimated that on any given day half the world’s population could be wearing jeans. But our love affair with this wardrobe staple is having an impact on the environment. An important study by the University of Toronto has found evidence of indigo-dyed microfibres, from jeans in deep Arctic waters, sediment samples and the Great Lakes Huron and Ontario. In fact, the study found that fibres from denim jeans were so widespread that they made up between 10%-23% of ALL the microfibres found during the research. Other findings show: 1 pair of used jeans can shed 56,000 microfibres per wash More than 13 million denim microfibres could be released from laundry in just 1 Canadian household every year Breaking Down Until now, scientists studying microfibre pollution have tended to focus on synthetic fibres which present a potentially serious threat to marine environments and wildlife. Around 500,000 tonnes are released into the ocean every year from washing clothes and, once in the ocean, they last for a very long time. To date, researchers have been less concerned by the scale and impact of ‘natural’ microfibres on the assumption that, as an organic substance, they will rapidly degrade in ocean environments. But Toronto’s study suggests that may not the case. It shows that ‘natural’ microfibres can last a long time in the environment, certainly long enough to be transported great distances on Arctic ocean currents. And other research has suggested that there may actually be more ‘natural’ microfibres in the ocean than synthetic. If that is true then many of the natural microfibres shed from clothes made decades ago, before the rapid growth in the use of synthetics, could still be floating around in the oceans today. Not that ‘natural’ One of the reasons suggested by the Toronto researchers that ‘natural’ fibres do not break down in the environment, is the addition of chemicals during the manufacturing process. These include things like flame retardants or, in the case of Toronto’s study of jeans, the addition of indigo dyes. It could be these types of chemical processes that are responsible for slowing down the degradation of natural fibres in the environment. In fact, Toronto argues that these processes modify natural fibres to such an extent that they do not refer to denim microfibres as ‘natural’ at all. Instead, Toronto prefers to call them ‘AC’ microfibres or ‘Anthropologically Modified Cellulose’. All naturally sourced fibres go through a series of chemical processes whilst being turned into fabrics and garments and, just like denim, they will shed microfibres when they are washed. Should We Stop Buying Synthetic? If natural fibres like cotton shed as many (or more) microfibres than synthetics fibres like polyester, and they last a long time in the environment, should we stop buying synthetic clothes and only buy natural instead? This is an argument often put forward by some campaigners who believe that naturally sourced fibres are a more sustainable choice. But based on the latest microfibre research the short answer must be, no. There are other important environmental considerations too. Cotton, for example, takes huge amounts of water to produce, mainly due to it being such a thirsty crop to grow. Analysis by Levi, more than a decade ago, showed that a single pair of jeans consumed 3,781 litres of water across its entire lifecycle, with almost 70% of that used in just growing cotton. That’s more water than an average person will drink in more than three years – for just one pair of jeans. Further Study is Required Further research will be needed to understand just how long these ‘natural’ microfibres last in the environment, the impact they have and, crucially, what damage they can cause to delicate ecosystems, wildlife and us. But Toronto’s study of denim microfibres shows that we can no longer talk only about microplastics when we talk about microfibre pollution. Naturally sourced fibres in our clothes could present as big a problem to our rivers, oceans, wildlife and us. You can read more about the research into denim and microfibres in our Q&A with Samantha Athey, Microfibre Scientist. Or read more about the practical steps you can take to minimise microfibre pollution from your laundry. [Sustainability, Apparel, Blog, consumer]

Microfibres: The Problem is Bigger than Plastic

Microfibres from natural sources, like the cotton used to make jeans, could be just as damaging...
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Xeros named one of 50 'Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles' by leading industry publication, Apparel Insider Xeros Technology Group has been identified as a leading company in the field of sustainable textiles according to the industry publication, Apparel Insider. Xeros features as one of 50 companies in the special publication “Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles” which was produced to capture a picture of an apparel industry in the throes of positive change, driven by an imperative to become more sustainable. The fashion industry is often identified as one of the most environmentally damaging, with many types of garments consuming vast amounts of water and chemicals whilst producing harmful emissions of greenhouse gasses and microplastics. More is happening now in textile innovation than at any time in history, largely due to so much money being ploughed into sustainability. The world of fashion and apparel needs these innovative new ideas like never before and needs them to be scaled. Brett Matthews, Editor of Apparel Insider Xeros’ innovative technologies help improve the sustainability of the clothes we wear by reducing the amount of water, chemistry and energy used during their manufacture and afterwards when they are laundered at home or in commercial laundries. They also extend their life and reduce harmful emissions including microfibres. Speaking about the launch of the special publication, Mark Nichols, Xeros Chief Executive, said: The resources consumed during the lifetime of the garments we wear is unacceptably high given our fast-growing population and rapidly shrinking natural resources. New technologies being developed by enterprises such as the Global Stars, identified by Apparel Insider, are essential to reduce the impact of the clothes we wear on our shared environment. The scale and speed at which we must adopt these new solutions must accelerate if we are to clothe the world without destroying it. Mark Nichols, Xeros CEO   Xeros Technologies in the Textiles Industry This year, Xeros signed an agreement to licence its denim finishing technology with one of India’s leading apparel equipment manufacturers, Ramsons. In denim finishing, Xeros reduces water, energy and chemical use whilst also removing the need to use pumice stone in producing authentic stonewash finishes. The Company is already licencing its technologies in domestic and commercial laundry and Xeros recently signed its first development agreement for the microfibre filtration technology, XFiltra. [Sustainability, News, Apparel, Publications, Commercial Progress]

Xeros Named Textiles Sustainability Star by Apparel Insider

Xeros named one of 50 'Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles' by leading industry publication,...
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Licensing agreement with leading Asian OEM for garment finishing Xeros has signed a licensing agreement (‘agreement’) with Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments PVT Ltd (‘Ramsons’), one of the largest garment finishing equipment suppliers in South Asia. The agreement provides Ramsons with an exclusive license for the manufacture and sale of Xeros-enabled garment finishing and dyeing equipment in South Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Xeros will receive a royalty for each XDrum™ machine sold by Ramsons and a share of the multi-year annuity revenues, paid by the garment manufacturers, for the ongoing use of XOrbs™. The agreement allows for additional geographies to be added into the future. Denim finishing will be the first application to be commercialised under the agreement. Xeros and Ramsons are currently developing cycles on a 5,000 litre XDrum machine ahead of trials with major denim manufacturers. The first sales of machines are anticipated in the second half of 2020, albeit with limited revenue impact this year. About 1.2 billion pairs of jeans are manufactured globally every year with Xeros’ technology significantly reducing the volume of water, chemistry and cycle time used in the processing of raw denim jeans into consumer products. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros commented: "The process of making garments, and especially denim, is putting enormous pressure on our natural environment. It consumes vast amounts of water and other raw materials whilst producing chemical and greenhouse gas emissions. "Working together with Ramsons to embed our products in their garment finishing equipment, we have an opportunity to significantly improve the sustainability of the clothes we all wear. "This agreement is our first in apparel production and it validates our efforts to prove that our innovative technologies can have a significant impact in the sector." Protecting the earth’s natural resources and our precious environment is the mantra of sustainability. Across India and South Asia garment manufacturers are actively looking for new and innovative technologies to help us protect our environment, which is under extreme pressure from the effects of a changing climate. By embedding Xeros’ products in our equipment our clients will save water, energy and reduce harmful emissions. It represents the best option for sustainability. Sunder Belani, Managing Director Ramsons   [News, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Commercial Progress]

Xeros Signs Licensing Agreement

Licensing agreement with leading Asian OEM for garment finishing Xeros has signed a licensing...
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Xeros process makes blue jeans greener Denim is one of the world’s most popular fabrics and with more than one billion pairs of jeans produced ever year, they’re one of our favourite garments. But our love of denim is putting enormous pressure on the environment consuming vast quantities of water, chemicals, energy and, for those who prefer a stonewashed look, pumice stone. The world’s biggest denim manufacturers use hundreds of tonnes of pumice every month, most of which will only last for two or three process cycles before it requires disposal, often to landfill. READ HOW XEROS IMPROVES THE SUSTAINABILITY & ECONOMICS OF DENIM FINISHING New technologies, including those developed by Xeros are emerging to address resource consumption and lessen the environmental impact of our jeans. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros says: "Improving the sustainability of the clothes we wear is no longer an option; it is an imperative. Without major changes in the way denim garments are made, the pressure on our environment will simply become intolerable." The application of Xeros’ products to denim finishing significantly reduces consumption of water, chemistry and energy and replaces pumice stone completely. Mark Nichols continues: “We understand that the industry is highly competitive and consumers are reluctant to pay more for sustainability. We have designed our products with industry leaders to help them achieve their objectives to improve sustainability without compromising on either cost or quality.” This week Xeros, together with Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments Ltd will be showcasing our denim finishing solutions to major garment manufacturers in India at Garment Technology Expo and again in February at the Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition. For more information please contact us at: enquiries@xerostech.com [Sustainability, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Blog, Publications]

Brochure | Improving Sustainability in Denim Finishing

Xeros process makes blue jeans greener Denim is one of the world’s most popular fabrics and with...
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Joint Development Agreement secured with leading Hong Kong garment manufacturer Xeros Technology Group has signed a Joint Development Agreement (‘JDA’) with one of the world’s largest apparel makers to trial the Group’s sustainable, water-saving technologies in garment production. The Joint Development Agreement ('JDA') with Dongguan Crystal Knitting and Garment Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Crystal International Group Limited, the world's largest apparel maker by volume, marks the Company’s first agreement in textiles. The scope of the JDA is to prove the technical and commercial benefits of Xeros' proprietary XOrb™ and XDrum™ technologies in garment production. The development and testing programme is scheduled to complete before the end of 2019. If successful, the agreement allows for both parties to discuss commercialisation terms for the development and future deployment of Xeros' technologies across a broad range of products. We have now secured third party endorsement across all our three divisions - cleaning, tanning and now textiles. Today's announcement is a major milestone in the application of our technology in one of the world's largest water consuming industries. Almost every garment produced in the world is subject to finishing techniques which consume vast amounts of water as well as chemistry, producing significant amounts of effluent in the process. We expect our agreement with Crystal International to prove out, at scale, the considerable improvements in sustainability and cost delivered by our technologies and the multiple ways in which they can be applied in the production of garments. We expect to sign further agreements with leading garment manufacturers during 2019. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive of Xeros The announcement comes after Xeros signed an exclusive agreement to develop and license its domestic and commercial washing machine technologies to IFB Industries Limited ('IFB'), India's leading domestic appliance and commercial laundry equipment supplier in South Asia.   [News, Apparel, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros announces first textiles agreement

Joint Development Agreement secured with leading Hong Kong garment manufacturer Xeros Technology...
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Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report into the sustainability of the fashion industry. Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report into the sustainability of the fashion industry. Xeros is pleased to see that the Committee has recognised the need to find a solution to the issue of microfibre pollution resulting from domestic laundry but is disappointed the committee has not gone further to embrace an immediate solution. In written evidence to the inquiry, Xeros recommended the committee should consider whether microfibre filters should be fitted as standard in all new washing machines as the quickest and most cost-effective solution to this form of pollution. But in today’s report the committee recommends the UK Government should facilitate collaboration between the fashion industry, water companies and washing machine manufacturers and take a lead on solving the problem of microfibre pollution. It’s good to see that the committee recognises the importance of tackling this unseen and potentially harmful form of plastic pollution.   However, it’s disappointing the committee has not taken this opportunity to embrace technologies, such as ours, which can offer an immediate solution and help consumers to stop unwittingly polluting the environment every time they turn on the washing machine.   Every week, UK households are potentially releasing more than 9 trillion plastic fibres into the environment just by washing their clothes. We cannot permit this level of pollution to continue while we wait for further research or for new fibres and textiles to come to market.   Technology exists to stop it. We are ready to work with Government and industry to demonstrate why filters in washing machines offer the quickest and most cost-effective solution to plastic pollution from our clothes. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros Technology Group   [Sustainability, News, Apparel]

Xeros Responds To Environmental Audit Committee Report On Sustainable Fashion

Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report...
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