Stella McCartney launching biodegradable denim collection

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is gearing up to launch a collection of biodegradable denim.

The British designer has been a trailblazer when it comes to sustainability in the fashion industry and creates all of her pieces using eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials.

Now, McCartney has announced that she has partnered with bosses at Italian manufacturer Candiani to create a range of biodegradable, stretch denim using plant-based yarns for her autumn 2020 line.

The collection features 10 pieces in two styles made with Candiani's patented COREVA Stretch Technology, which is created using organic cotton wrapped around a natural rubber core. The resulting fabric is free from plastics and micro-plastic.

"In a world where resources are diminishing and landfills are overflowing with discarded garments, it's our duty to look for renewable resources, in addition to biodegradable and compostable materials," said Alberto Candiani, owner of the Candiani family mill. "Denim has to take the lead as the indigo flag of this revolution, and we are thrilled to be working alongside Stella McCartney to share our innovation and beliefs with the wider fashion industry."

In addition, the new denim fabric will be dyed with a biodegradable ingredient derived from mushrooms and seaweed called Kitotex Vegetal, and Indigo Juice, which keeps the indigo superficial on the yarn.

"Both of these technologies reduce the consumption of water, energy, and chemicals used in the dyeing and laundry processes," a representative for the brand added.

McCartney's autumn 2020 collection will drop in May.

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