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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

Xeros technology is being installed by a major denim manufacturer - a first step to greener jeans ...
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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 signs first development agreement for microplastic filtration in commercial laundry Xeros has signed a Joint Development Agreement (‘JDA’) with a global leader in commercial laundry solutions, with the aim of incorporating the Company’s microplastic filtration system, XFiltra™, into their commercial washing machines. Washing textiles containing synthetic fibres, such as nylon or polyester, is a major source of microplastic pollution. Globally, it accounts for 35% of primary microplastics released into the oceans every year. As many as 700,000 microplastic fibres can be released in the wastewater from a single load of domestic laundry. Xeros’ patented filtration system, XFiltra removes up to 99% of these microplastic fibres from laundry effluent. The device lasts for the lifetime of the washing machine and does not use disposable filter cartridges. Xeros’ joint development partner aims to be the first company in the world to provide commercial laundries with washing machines fitted with microplastic filtration. Upon successful completion of the joint development, the JDA provides for the negotiation of a commercial agreement to license Xeros’ filtration technology in a number of geographies in exchange for royalties. This invisible form of plastic pollution is highly damaging to our environment and wildlife and is one of the ways in which microplastics are readily entering our food chain. Having developed our filtration solution over the last three years, we are delighted to be working with one of the world’s most respected and environmentally aware commercial laundry solution providers. We believe XFiltra to be the most effective product available, enabling companies and consumers to substantially reduce this form of microplastic pollution. Legislation currently being passed in various geographies will hasten and increasingly mandate adoption of in machine filtration in order to remove microplastics from washing machine effluent streams. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Xeros   [News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Commercial Progress]

Microfibre Filter Development Agreement

Xeros signs first development agreement for microplastic filtration in commercial laundry Xeros has...
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