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Size Chart

Women
  • INT XXS XS S M L XL
    Chest
    (cm)
    74
    to
    77
    78
    to
    81
    82
    to
    85
    86
    to
    89
    90
    to
    93
    94
    to
    97
    Waist
    (cm)
    59
    to
    62
    63
    to
    66
    67
    to
    70
    71
    to
    74
    75
    to
    78
    79
    to
    82
    Hip
    (cm)
    83
    to
    86
    87
    to
    90
    91
    to
    94
    95
    to
    98
    99
    to
    102
    103
    to
    107
  • INT XXS XS S M L XL
    GER 32 34 36 38 40 42
    US 0-2 4 6 8 10 12
    UK 6 8 10 12 14 16
    ITA 38 40 42 44 46 48
    FRA 34 36 38 40 42 44
    JAP 5 7 9 11 13 15
Men
  • INT XS S M L XL XXL
    Chest
    (cm)
    86
    to
    89
    90
    to
    93
    94
    to
    97
    98
    to
    101
    102
    to
    105
    106
    to
    109
    Waist
    (cm)
    73
    to
    76
    77
    to
    80
    81
    to
    84
    85
    to
    88
    89
    to
    92
    93
    to
    96
    Hip
    (cm)
    87
    to
    90
    91
    to
    94
    95
    to
    98
    99
    to
    102
    103
    to
    106
    107
    to
    109
  • INT XS S M L XL XXL
    GER 44 46 48 50 52 54
    US 34 36 38 40 42 44
    UK 34 36 38 40 42 44
    ITA 44 46 48 50 52 54
    FRA 38 40 42 44 46 48
    JAP 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • CM 72 77 82 87 92
    INCH 28 30 32 34 36

    (Approximate values)

A Better Blue A Better Blue

OUR ECO-DENIM LINE
A BETTER BLUE

SUSTAINABLE JEANS –
FROM THE FIRST TO THE VERY LAST PRODUCTION STEP.


We have always been big believers in sustainability – and denim is our great passion. Our eco-friendly denim line A BETTER BLUE combines both! We developed A BETTER BLUE in 2018 together with our long-standing denim partners in Italy – and ever since the share of sustainable jeans in our collections has grown steadily.

Our A BETTER BLUE jeans are made in Italy using sustainable materials, eco-friendly dying methods and gentle washing techniques. In the production process for each pair of A BETTER BLUE jeans we save considerable amounts of water, chemicals and electricity – without compromising our signature high quality.

Details of the materials, dyeing and washing processes used for each individual pair of A BETTER BLUE jeans are printed on the inside of the pocket. In the following, we explain in detail all A BETTER BLUE innovations.

ALL SAVINGS AT A GLANCE

% less
water

% less
energy
% less
chemicals
CLOSED – Since 1978

Sustainable
materials

 

Our weaving mill Candiani in Robecchetto near Milan uses 40 per cent cotton from sustainably managed plantations for all A BETTER BLUE denims and develops innovative, environmentally friendly materials. By the way: Candiani’s company headquarters is located in an environmental protection area – the company is considered the “greenest weaving mill” in Europe. Read on to learn why we use which materials and processes for A BETTER BLUE and how they are better for the environment.

A BETTER BLUE FIBRE INNOVATIONS

CLOSED – Since 1978

Cellulose

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Cellulose

HOW?


Cellulose is dissolved from wood in a closed cycle. Fibres are extracted from this pulp and are spun into yarn.

The wood comes from sustainably managed, certified and monitored forests.

Over 99 per cent of the water and solvents used in the production process are recycled.

WHY?


Cotton is a crop that requires a lot of water to grow, and by using cellulose fibres, we can reduce the amount of cotton in our garments.

AND WHY BETTER?


In contrast to cotton growing, sustainable forestry does not use artificial irrigation, fertilisers and pesticides.

Compared to cotton, cellulose uses up to 95 per cent less water.

TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™

HOW?


TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ consists of 70 per cent pulp derived from wood (see “cellulose fibres”). The remaining 30 per cent is recycled cotton waste from garment production, which is also converted into cellulose.

WHY?


By using TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™, we can not only significantly reduce the amount of virgin cotton in our garments, but thanks to the proportion of recycled cotton, we are also taking a step in the direction of a circular economy.

AND WHY BETTER?


In contrast to cotton growing, sustainable forestry does not use artificial irrigation, fertilisers and pesticides.

The cotton remnants used in the production of clothing would have polluted the environment as waste. Now they are returned to the cycle and thus help to conserve our resources.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Recycled Cotton

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Recycled Cotton

HOW?


In every weaving mill, cotton residues accumulate during the production of fabrics; in the past, these were not used. These remnants are now mechanically processed and added to fresh cotton.

WHY?


The use of recycled cotton allows us to reduce the amount of “virgin” cotton required.

AND WHY BETTER?


The less virgin, conventional cotton we use, the more we can cut back on the water, energy and chemicals that would otherwise be needed to grow cotton.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Cellulose

HOW?


Cellulose is dissolved from wood in a closed cycle. Fibres are extracted from this pulp and are spun into yarn.

The wood comes from sustainably managed, certified and monitored forests.

Over 99 per cent of the water and solvents used in the production process are recycled.

WHY?


Cotton is a crop that requires a lot of water to grow, and by using cellulose fibres, we can reduce the amount of cotton in our garments.

AND WHY BETTER?


In contrast to cotton growing, sustainable forestry does not use artificial irrigation, fertilisers and pesticides.

Compared to cotton, cellulose uses up to 95 per cent less water.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™

HOW?


TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™ consists of 70 per cent pulp derived from wood (see “cellulose fibres”). The remaining 30 per cent is recycled cotton waste from garment production, which is also converted into cellulose.

WHY?


By using TENCEL™ x REFIBRA™, we can not only significantly reduce the amount of virgin cotton in our garments, but thanks to the proportion of recycled cotton, we are also taking a step in the direction of a circular economy.

AND WHY BETTER?


In contrast to cotton growing, sustainable forestry does not use artificial irrigation, fertilisers and pesticides.

The cotton remnants used in the production of clothing would have polluted the environment as waste. Now they are returned to the cycle and thus help to conserve our resources.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Recycled Cotton

HOW?


In every weaving mill, cotton residues accumulate during the production of fabrics; in the past, these were not used. These remnants are now mechanically processed and added to fresh cotton.

WHY?


The use of recycled cotton allows us to reduce the amount of “virgin” cotton required.

AND WHY BETTER?


The less virgin, conventional cotton we use, the more we can cut back on the water, energy and chemicals that would otherwise be needed to grow cotton.

Organic Cotton

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Organic Cotton

HOW?


Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified according to the guidelines and standards of organic farming.

No genetically modified seeds are used.

No toxic chemicals, pesticides or insecticides are used.

WHY?


By using organic cotton, we want to gradually reduce our share of conventional cotton in order to protect people and the environment.

AND WHY BETTER?


Compared to conventional cotton, the cultivation of organic cotton requires about 80 per cent less water and about 60 per cent less energy.

Our groundwater and biodiversity are protected by avoiding the use of chemicals, pesticides and insecticides.

In addition, mixed crops and crop rotation ensure the build-up of soil organic matter and prevent soil erosion.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Recycled Elastane

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Recycled Elastane

HOW?


The remnants that are produced during the manufacturing process for elastane are disposed of as waste. The Japanese company AsahiKASEI is now using these remnants to produce the world’s first elastane yarn made of 100 per cent recycled material: ROICA Eco-Smart®.

This innovative elastane was developed exclusively for Candiani and has been awarded the “Global Recycled Standard” seal.

ROICA Eco-Smart® offers maximum elasticity with excellent recovery properties. It is in no way inferior to the brand’s conventional elastomers.

WHY?


By using elastane remnants as the basic material for this stretch yarn, we are helping to conserve resources.

AND WHY BETTER?


Water and energy consumption are lower than in the production of conventional elastane yarn.

We do not need to use additional petrochemical substances.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Coreva™

HOW?


COREVA™, a stretch yarn developed and patented by our denim weaving mill, is made of natural rubber.

WHY?


In combination with organic cotton, COREVA™ produces a completely natural, plastic-free yarn that decomposes without residue in composting plants.

To ensure that the entire garment is degradable, all our stretch jeans (or denim jackets) with COREVA™ are made from organic cotton and have buttons and seams made from materials of cellulose origin. We also avoid the use of conventional rivets and zips.

AND WHY BETTER?


Conventional stretch yarns usually contain petrochemical components which take many, many years to break down. COREVA™ is a natural, eco-friendly alternative.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Organic Cotton

HOW?


Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified according to the guidelines and standards of organic farming.

No genetically modified seeds are used.

No toxic chemicals, pesticides or insecticides are used.

WHY?


By using organic cotton, we want to gradually reduce our share of conventional cotton in order to protect people and the environment.

AND WHY BETTER?


Compared to conventional cotton, the cultivation of organic cotton requires about 80 per cent less water and about 60 per cent less energy.

Our groundwater and biodiversity are protected by avoiding the use of chemicals, pesticides and insecticides.

In addition, mixed crops and crop rotation ensure the build-up of soil organic matter and prevent soil erosion.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Recycled Elastane

HOW?


The remnants that are produced during the manufacturing process for elastane are disposed of as waste. The Japanese company AsahiKASEI is now using these remnants to produce the world’s first elastane yarn made of 100 per cent recycled material: ROICA Eco-Smart®.

This innovative elastane was developed exclusively for Candiani and has been awarded the “Global Recycled Standard” seal.

ROICA Eco-Smart® offers maximum elasticity with excellent recovery properties. It is in no way inferior to the brand’s conventional elastomers.

WHY?


By using elastane remnants as the basic material for this stretch yarn, we are helping to conserve resources.

AND WHY BETTER?


Water and energy consumption are lower than in the production of conventional elastane yarn.

We do not need to use additional petrochemical substances.

Sustainable
materials

CLOSED – Since 1978

Coreva™

HOW?


COREVA™, a stretch yarn developed and patented by our denim weaving mill, is made of natural rubber.

WHY?


In combination with organic cotton, COREVA™ produces a completely natural, plastic-free yarn that decomposes without residue in composting plants.

To ensure that the entire garment is degradable, all our stretch jeans (or denim jackets) with COREVA™ are made from organic cotton and have buttons and seams made from materials of cellulose origin. We also avoid the use of conventional rivets and zips.

AND WHY BETTER?


Conventional stretch yarns usually contain petrochemical components which take many, many years to break down. COREVA™ is a natural, eco-friendly alternative.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

 

Candiani spins yarns from sustainable materials, which are then dyed – always blue or black – for denim. When dyeing for the A BETTER BLUE line, Candiani also relies on environmentally friendly innovations that save water and chemicals.

A BETTER BLUE DYE INNOVATIONS

CLOSED – Since 1978

Pre-reduced indigo

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Pre-reduced indigo

HOW?


Indigo is a deep blue, crystalline, organic chemical compound. The pigment with high colour strength is practically insoluble in water. It must first be treated (“reduced”) before dyeing.

This step is not needed with Pre-reduced Indigo, which is already water-soluble and can be used directly for dyeing.

WHY?


Pre-reduced Indigo reduces the use of chemicals by 50 per cent.

It is better for the environment than the cheap powdered indigo used by most denim weavers. Before it can be used, conventional indigo requires treatment with chemicals such as caustic soda and sodium hydrosulphite, which can pollute the environment.

AND WHY BETTER?


Pre-reduced Indigo also meets the strict requirements of the Oeko Tex® Standard 100 for textiles tested for harmful substances. It has the GOTS seal and complies with the new EU chemicals regulation REACH.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Easy-to-fade

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Easy-to-fade

HOW?


In this dyeing process, the colour pigments do not penetrate as deeply into the yarn as in conventional dyeing processes.

WHY?


The dyeing method already requires 15 per cent less water and 15 per cent less energy in the denim manufacturing process.

The washing process also requires less water, chemicals and energy. Since the dye is more likely to sit on the surface, it is easier to wash out again with industrial washing methods.

AND WHY BETTER?


With the Easy-to-fade process we save twice as many resources – during dyeing and washing!

Especially in combination with our more environmentally friendly washing processes such as ozone washing, laser finishing or the bio enzyme process, Easy-to-fade dyeing is the “perfect match”. These methods yield authentic used and vintage effects on denims dyed with Easy-to-fade, with beautiful highs and lows and a more brilliant look than conventional denims.

Kitotex®

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Kitotex®

HOW?


KITOTEX® is a patented technology that uses a natural polymer for sizing the denim. This is derived from mushrooms or the shells of shrimps, waste products of the food industry.

WHY?


KITOTEX® requires 70 per cent less water, 50 per cent less chemicals and 30 per cent less energy during the dyeing process than conventional methods.

AND WHY BETTER?


In addition to these enormous savings, KITOTEX® upcycles a product that would otherwise be waste.

Natural polymers are completely biodegradable and microplastic-free.

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Pre-reduced indigo

HOW?


Indigo is a deep blue, crystalline, organic chemical compound. The pigment with high colour strength is practically insoluble in water. It must first be treated (“reduced”) before dyeing.

This step is not needed with Pre-reduced Indigo, which is already water-soluble and can be used directly for dyeing.

WHY?


Pre-reduced Indigo reduces the use of chemicals by 50 per cent.

It is better for the environment than the cheap powdered indigo used by most denim weavers. Before it can be used, conventional indigo requires treatment with chemicals such as caustic soda and sodium hydrosulphite, which can pollute the environment.

AND WHY BETTER?


Pre-reduced Indigo also meets the strict requirements of the Oeko Tex® Standard 100 for textiles tested for harmful substances. It has the GOTS seal and complies with the new EU chemicals regulation REACH.

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Easy-to-fade

HOW?


In this dyeing process, the colour pigments do not penetrate as deeply into the yarn as in conventional dyeing processes.

WHY?


The dyeing method already requires 15 per cent less water and 15 per cent less energy in the denim manufacturing process.

The washing process also requires less water, chemicals and energy. Since the dye is more likely to sit on the surface, it is easier to wash out again with industrial washing methods.

AND WHY BETTER?


With the Easy-to-fade process we save twice as many resources – during dyeing and washing!

Especially in combination with our more environmentally friendly washing processes such as ozone washing, laser finishing or the bio enzyme process, Easy-to-fade dyeing is the “perfect match”. These methods yield authentic used and vintage effects on denims dyed with Easy-to-fade, with beautiful highs and lows and a more brilliant look than conventional denims.

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Kitotex®

HOW?


KITOTEX® is a patented technology that uses a natural polymer for sizing the denim. This is derived from mushrooms or the shells of shrimps, waste products of the food industry.

WHY?


KITOTEX® requires 70 per cent less water, 50 per cent less chemicals and 30 per cent less energy during the dyeing process than conventional methods.

AND WHY BETTER?


In addition to these enormous savings, KITOTEX® upcycles a product that would otherwise be waste.

Natural polymers are completely biodegradable and microplastic-free.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Vegetal sizing

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Vegetal sizing

HOW?


“Vegetal sizing“ uses an innovative, plant-based alternative to conventional agents for sizing in denim production. (“Sizing” the fabric is an essential step in the production of denim, and it protects the yarn during the weaving process and increases the life of the fabric. The process involves coating the warp thread in a protective film prior to weaving).

WHY?


Just like the KITOTEX® technology, this process does not use PVA (polyvinyl acetate) or other chemicals.

AND WHY BETTER?


Natural sizing agents such as “Vegetal sizing” or KITOTEX® are completely biodegradable and free from microplastics.

Our Italian weaving mill partner Candiani has been using either KITOTEX® and “Vegetal sizing” as environmentally friendly alternatives for all fabrics since 2019.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Nitrogen-dye

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Nitrogen-dye

HOW?


In this dyeing process, the yarn passes through a chamber filled with nitrogen. Here the nitrogen reacts with the colour pigment and intensifies the dyeing process.

WHY?


This technique reduces the number of colour baths the yarn has to pass through from seven to two, saving of 30 per cent of the chemicals.

AND WHY BETTER?


Nitrogen dyeing does not require hydrosulphites or fixatives. It is salt-free and especially gentle on the environment.

The process is particularly suitable for denims which are to retain their colour for a long time with little fading. It is the opposite of the “Easy-to-fade” method.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Vegetal sizing

HOW?


“Vegetal sizing“ uses an innovative, plant-based alternative to conventional agents for sizing in denim production. (“Sizing” the fabric is an essential step in the production of denim, and it protects the yarn during the weaving process and increases the life of the fabric. The process involves coating the warp thread in a protective film prior to weaving).

WHY?


Just like the KITOTEX® technology, this process does not use PVA (polyvinyl acetate) or other chemicals.

AND WHY BETTER?


Natural sizing agents such as “Vegetal sizing” or KITOTEX® are completely biodegradable and free from microplastics.

Our Italian weaving mill partner Candiani has been using either KITOTEX® and “Vegetal sizing” as environmentally friendly alternatives for all fabrics since 2019.

Sustainable
dyeing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Nitrogen-dye

HOW?


In this dyeing process, the yarn passes through a chamber filled with nitrogen. Here the nitrogen reacts with the colour pigment and intensifies the dyeing process.

WHY?


This technique reduces the number of colour baths the yarn has to pass through from seven to two, saving of 30 per cent of the chemicals.

AND WHY BETTER?


Nitrogen dyeing does not require hydrosulphites or fixatives. It is salt-free and especially gentle on the environment.

The process is particularly suitable for denims which are to retain their colour for a long time with little fading. It is the opposite of the “Easy-to-fade” method.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Sustainable
washing
methods

 

Along with Candiani, the laundry company Everest from the Italian town of Piombino Dese was also significantly involved in the development of our eco-denim line A BETTER BLUE. Everest is an innovative company that has its own water treatment plant and is constantly developing new environmentally friendly washing processes without chemicals – many of which even do without water completely!

A BETTER BLUE WASHING INNOVATIONS

Laser

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Laser

HOW?


With modern high-definition lasers that work with millimetre precision, it is possible to add practically any kind of pattern and fading to a pair of jeans. These are usually the lighter areas and they make the jeans look worn and lived-in. Even used-look effects such as small holes or other signs of wear are possible.

WHY?


This technique “washes” with heat instead of chemicals: the targeted heat of the laser partially burns or breaks up the colour pigments so that the indigo can “bleed” in these areas during the subsequent wash.

AND WHY BETTER?


Unlike conventional washing methods, which achieve similar effects, this method requires no chemicals at all.

Water consumption and the degree of manual processing are also lower than with conventional washing techniques. The process allows the identical look to be achieved on many pairs of jeans.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Ozone

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Ozone

HOW?


Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. It can be produced artificially from oxygen with electrically operated ozone generators.

It has strong oxidising properties that can be used when washing denim: the colour pigments of indigo oxidise with ozone and become lighter in colour. The duration of the treatment, the concentration of ozone and the moisture of the fabric determine the degree of lightening, meaning that many different shades of blue can be achieved.

WHY?


Ozone is an effective, completely residue-free and therefore very environmentally friendly washing technique. After use, it is heated very slightly so that it decomposes back into oxygen and is released back into the air without any pollution.

AND WHY BETTER?


The ozone process is by far the most environmentally friendly form of “bleaching”. It does completely without the use of chemicals.

The consumption of water and energy is also significantly lower than with conventional processes, like the widely used chlorine bleaching.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Low-impact oxidants

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Low-impact oxidants

HOW?


Thanks to the latest research and studies, we can partially replace conventional chemicals such as chlorine and potassium permanganate with more environmentally friendly alternatives. One example of this is our new formula for highly enriched oxygenated water as an oxidant.

WHY?


Laser isn’t always the answer to achieving partial fading. For very bright washing effects in particular, we are dependent on the use of oxidizing agents. Here, we always seek out the most environmentally friendly innovations.

AND WHY BETTER?


Unlike common chemicals such as peroxides or hyperoxides, this highly enriched oxygen formula leaves no residues in the water. This reduces the effort required for water treatment after washing and saves energy.

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Laser

HOW?


With modern high-definition lasers that work with millimetre precision, it is possible to add practically any kind of pattern and fading to a pair of jeans. These are usually the lighter areas and they make the jeans look worn and lived-in. Even used-look effects such as small holes or other signs of wear are possible.

WHY?


This technique “washes” with heat instead of chemicals: the targeted heat of the laser partially burns or breaks up the colour pigments so that the indigo can “bleed” in these areas during the subsequent wash.

AND WHY BETTER?


Unlike conventional washing methods, which achieve similar effects, this method requires no chemicals at all.

Water consumption and the degree of manual processing are also lower than with conventional washing techniques. The process allows the identical look to be achieved on many pairs of jeans.

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Ozone

HOW?


Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. It can be produced artificially from oxygen with electrically operated ozone generators.

It has strong oxidising properties that can be used when washing denim: the colour pigments of indigo oxidise with ozone and become lighter in colour. The duration of the treatment, the concentration of ozone and the moisture of the fabric determine the degree of lightening, meaning that many different shades of blue can be achieved.

WHY?


Ozone is an effective, completely residue-free and therefore very environmentally friendly washing technique. After use, it is heated very slightly so that it decomposes back into oxygen and is released back into the air without any pollution.

AND WHY BETTER?


The ozone process is by far the most environmentally friendly form of “bleaching”. It does completely without the use of chemicals.

The consumption of water and energy is also significantly lower than with conventional processes, like the widely used chlorine bleaching.

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Low-impact oxidants

HOW?


Thanks to the latest research and studies, we can partially replace conventional chemicals such as chlorine and potassium permanganate with more environmentally friendly alternatives. One example of this is our new formula for highly enriched oxygenated water as an oxidant.

WHY?


Laser isn’t always the answer to achieving partial fading. For very bright washing effects in particular, we are dependent on the use of oxidizing agents. Here, we always seek out the most environmentally friendly innovations.

AND WHY BETTER?


Unlike common chemicals such as peroxides or hyperoxides, this highly enriched oxygen formula leaves no residues in the water. This reduces the effort required for water treatment after washing and saves energy.
CLOSED – Since 1978
CLOSED – Since 1978

Bio-enzyme

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Bio-enzyme

HOW?


Different types of (bio) enzymes attack different molecular groups in the denim. The group of cellulase enzymes reacts with the colour pigments and lightens the denim fabric in a similar way to the traditional stone-washing process.

WHY?


Bio enzymes create the typical Salt & Pepper look we love in a more environmentally friendly way.

AND WHY BETTER?


Bio enzymes shorten the stone-washing process. In some cases, thanks to the enzymes, it is even possible to eliminate stone washing completely. This protects the environment and saves water and energy.

When using bio enzymes, water consumption is on average another 30 per cent lower than with conventional enzymes.
CLOSED – Since 1978

Eco-Stones

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Eco-Stones

HOW?


The term Eco-Stones stands for two environmentally friendly alternatives to the classic stone-washing process. Firstly, we use “stones” made of an innovative, environmentally friendly material that wears out more slowly than traditional pumice stones. Second, we use washing machines lined with a kind of sandpaper (abrasive drums).

WHY?


For an authentic used look, it is essential that the dark blue denim loses colour and becomes lighter during washing. Stone-washing processes are often used for this purpose, but they are not very eco-friendly. (Here’s how it works: the indigo-dyed warp thread releases colour pigments during washing if it comes into contact with a harder object such as a stone during the washing process. At this point the fibre breaks open, releases colour and becomes lighter).

AND WHY BETTER?


Pumice is a finite resource, which for the stone-washing process is still mined mostly in open pit mines. We can reduce this interference with nature by using the alternative Eco-Stones.

Since pumice stone is very porous due to its open structure, it rubs off quickly during washing and loses substance. This results in sediments in the waste water, which are deposited in the recycling plant and have to be disposed of as blue-coloured hazardous waste. This is completely avoided by using Eco-Stones.

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Bio-enzyme

HOW?


Different types of (bio) enzymes attack different molecular groups in the denim. The group of cellulase enzymes reacts with the colour pigments and lightens the denim fabric in a similar way to the traditional stone-washing process.

WHY?


Bio enzymes create the typical Salt & Pepper look we love in a more environmentally friendly way.

AND WHY BETTER?


Bio enzymes shorten the stone-washing process. In some cases, thanks to the enzymes, it is even possible to eliminate stone washing completely. This protects the environment and saves water and energy.

When using bio enzymes, water consumption is on average another 30 per cent lower than with conventional enzymes.

Sustainable
washing
methods

CLOSED – Since 1978

Eco-Stones

HOW?


The term Eco-Stones stands for two environmentally friendly alternatives to the classic stone-washing process. Firstly, we use “stones” made of an innovative, environmentally friendly material that wears out more slowly than traditional pumice stones. Second, we use washing machines lined with a kind of sandpaper (abrasive drums).

WHY?


For an authentic used look, it is essential that the dark blue denim loses colour and becomes lighter during washing. Stone-washing processes are often used for this purpose, but they are not very eco-friendly. (Here’s how it works: the indigo-dyed warp thread releases colour pigments during washing if it comes into contact with a harder object such as a stone during the washing process. At this point the fibre breaks open, releases colour and becomes lighter).

AND WHY BETTER?


Pumice is a finite resource, which for the stone-washing process is still mined mostly in open pit mines. We can reduce this interference with nature by using the alternative Eco-Stones.

Since pumice stone is very porous due to its open structure, it rubs off quickly during washing and loses substance. This results in sediments in the waste water, which are deposited in the recycling plant and have to be disposed of as blue-coloured hazardous waste. This is completely avoided by using Eco-Stones.
CLOSED – Since 1978

It's all about the details

 

By the way, since 2020 we have been using a logo patch made of Jacron for all A BETTER BLUE jeans. This vegan leather alternative is made of particularly strong and resistant paper. A BETTER BLUE jeans where the KITOTEX® process was not used are therefore completely vegan.

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A Better Blue A Better Blue

“Made in Italy” label

Handmade in Italy. Since 1978. All of our jeans are handmade in Italy – from the first stitch to the last touch.

Fly Label

Hand-sewn on the front of the fly by an expert: the fly label is the visual hallmark of every genuine pair of Closed jeans.

X-pockets

Invented for our Pedal Pusher Denim more than 40 years ago: our iconic X-pockets. Designed as armrest pockets, they are angled at 33 degrees to allow for easier access to the front pocket.

Scissors print

Originally designed to imply that you can simply shorten your Pedal Pusher jeans with scissors, this print is still done by hand using a stencil.

Jacron patch

Since 2020 we have been using a logo patch made of Jacron for all A BETTER BLUE jeans. This vegan leather alternative is made of particularly strong and resistant paper.

Zip

One identification mark of our A BETTER BLUE jeans: they come with a special zip with green fabric.

Pocket print

Details of the exact materials, dyeing and washing processes used for each individual pair of A BETTER BLUE jeans are printed on the inside of the pocket – marked by the filled circles.

Buttonhole

Another identification mark of our A BETTER BLUE jeans is their green buttonhole seam.

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