Belda Lloréns, a pioneering company in the supply of sustainable yarns with a practically zero climate footprint, continues its commitment to innovation. The Spanish manufacturer, with over 65 years of experience and 65,000 m2 of facilities, is a leader in the Open End spinning sector. With its Ecolife brand, which obtained the “Carbon Neutral” label last year, the company offers sustainable and certified recycled products that save a large amount of water, energy, plastic and CO2. . Francisco Mataix, General Manager of Belda Lloréns, presents the novelties to us.
What is the current trend in the sustainable spinning market?
We live in quite uncertain times. Current prices are subject to market inflation due to world events. Nevertheless, we are seeing the rise of the circular economy, including the “post-consumer” recycling that we use in our yarns. On the other hand, there are more and more brands and consumers who are demanding transparency and that is why, for each of our products, we offer optimal traceability of our yarns throughout the supply chain. , with blockchain technology.
What novelties are you introducing this year?
We are introducing three new features: EHemp, EGec and EDenim.
EHemp is a yarn made of 30% hemp and 70% organic cotton (or 70% Tencel). This plant needs only a minimal input of pesticides and very little water, it is antimicrobial and absorbs 22 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. In addition to protecting against the sun’s UV rays, it can be grown in all types of soil. It is, without a doubt, a very versatile and extremely durable material.
EGec is made of 50% Good Earth Cotton, a cotton that absorbs more CO2 than it emits and is traced with FibreTrace technology, and 50% recycled cotton (or 50% Tencel). This yarn uses 20% less water than conventional cotton.
EDenim is made of 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled cotton and post-consumer denim. It comes in three undyed tones, as the color comes from post-consumer recycled denim. This yarn provides maximum savings in water (72%), CO2 emissions (59%), energy (56%) and chemicals (99%).
Which brands use Belda Llórens and Ecolife products?
All our brands require transparency and traceability in the supply chain, such as Ecoalf, el Ganso, Blue Banana, Ganni, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Inditex, H&M, Decathlon, Lacoste or Kering.
Furthermore, it should be emphasized that for us, being sustainable is not only a question of fibers or materials. It is also a question of the company’s DNA, which consists in knowing, among other things, the place of production, the working conditions and the environmental impact.
What are Ecolife’s bestsellers?
In the textile sector, our bestsellers are highly sought after. Our EPolycotmade from recycled polyester and cotton yarn, saves 98% water. EBestCotton, the most durable colored (undyed) cotton on the market has become a staple in the collections of many fashion brands. It is made of organic cotton (50%) and recycled cotton (50%). In addition, the color of its threads comes from recycled cotton, which avoids the use of chemical dyes. We also offer ECotton, a yarn made from 60% recycled cotton and 40% BCI cotton. As well as our EViscosathe first viscose to be GRS and Ecovero certified.
What advice would you give to textile and fashion companies who want to produce their collections in a more sustainable and ethical way?
Sustainable doesn’t have to be synonymous with Expensive. I would say to the brands to dare, to get started, because in this sector, there is no turning back. We need to go with the flow and raise our awareness. However, to change a type of production, you have to rethink everything, change the look. In a sustainable fashion production, the constraints are more numerous. We must produce with eco-design and, obviously, in more reasonable volumes.
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