The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries. It is a fact, and no, we are not throwing stones against our own backyard, we are simply aware of the bad practices that take place in this industry and our mission is to reverse this situation. We want to make the world a better place without giving up a trade that has lasted almost half a century, and we firmly believe that the two are compatible.
As part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, we have developed Greensight. Among other things, this technology enables us to save up to 90% water in our production.
What is Greensight technology
After years of research and a lot of effort, we have managed to combine different techniques that allow us to be a brand that respects our environment. We have united these techniques under a single umbrella called Greensight.
Greensight is a sustainable production process that consists of working with biomass, dyeing the jeans with nebulisation, washing them with ozone and finishing them with laser ﬁnish technology.
Biomass is one of the most sustainable energy sources. Moreover, it is an energy source considered carbon neutral, since the CO2 that is released when burning the organic remains are the same that the plant has absorbed during its life.
Depending on the time of year or the season, we use different surplus fruit: olive pits, pistachio shells, almond shells or peach pits, among others, as fuel for our machines. As we work in a rural environment where agriculture plays an important role, all our supply of organic waste is local, so we reduce emissions in its transport.
Approximately, to manufacture a pair of jeans, we need the energy generated from 2kgs of almond shells.
Once the garment has been made, it is time for dyeing as, depending on the fabric, there are jeans that are sewn in raw colour. To carry out this process in the traditional way, water is the main transmission vehicle where it is mixed with the dye and the garments are bathed until the desired colour is achieved. In fact, in order to dye 1kg of trousers, 12 litres of water are needed. With the Eco Finish technology, we replace water with air, so that the dye is evenly impregnated into the trousers. Thus, we only need 1 litre of water for 1kg of jeans.
The traditional dyeing process needs to be done with hot water, however, with nebulisation we can do it with cold water. In this way, we not only avoid waste and waste production, but also reduce CO2 emissions.
Did you know that to make a pair of jeans in the traditional way requires as much water as a person would drink in 7 years? When we learned about this comparison, we set to work to avoid wasting so much water and after several studies and tests we managed to incorporate ozone washing.
This process needs less than half the amount of water, specifically it can work with 54% less water and achieve the same results as if it were done in the traditional way. But ozone not only has the advantage of saving water in the production process, but it also requires less time. With ozone washing we can save 80% of time and this translates into a reduction of energy.
Finally, ozone is a natural oxidant, so our jeans are washed with clean production processes, reducing the use of chemicals.
4. Laser finish
One of the final processes in the production of trousers, especially jeans, is the wear finish. Traditionally, these finishes were done with sandpaper or sand, both of which are harmful to the health of the person doing the work and have a negative impact on the environment. To tackle these two problems, we use laser technology, a clean energy, which does not use chemicals and does not affect the health of our workers. It is very quick to apply and offers us a wide variety of applications.
But that's not all. Greensight is one of the small changes we still have to make. Later on we will tell you about a new low environmental impact project we are working on, called Neo-Recycling. At Capitan Denim we are very proud to be able to work with the minimum amount of resources that damage the planet.