Nanollose’s tree-friendly Nullarbor-20 fibre has been made into denim and jeans through its collaboration deal with a global leader in sustainable denim.

Australia-based biomaterial technology company Nanollose (ASX:NC6) has announced that Orta Anadolu Ticaret Ve Sanayi İşletmesi T.A.Ş (ORTA) has successfully manufactured sample yardage of high-quality denim fabric containing its Nullarbor-20™ fibre.

Based in Turkey, ORTA is a global leader in the development, manufacture, and supply of sustainable denim with NC6 entering a collaboration deal announced in April.

The company has a total production capacity of 40 million metres of denim annually and supplies denim to luxury brands including Armani, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant.

ORTA also supplies leading denim brands including Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein, and retail brands such as GAP, H&M and COS.

ORTA has over 1,500 employees and is a leader in the field of sustainability with the aim of creating a more robust denim ecosystem where design meets tech and ethics.

Denim produced from sample batch

ORTA incorporated 12% of the trademarked Nullarbor-20 fibre into the denim fabrics, from which they subsequently made sample pairs of jeans.

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The 50kg of Nullarbor-20 staple fibre used to make the denim was part of the 260kg batch of its successful pilot spin in February.

The company partnered with Birla Cellulose – a global leader in man-made cellulosic fibre manufacturing and part of Aditya Birla Group.

The pilot spin produced 250kg of the company’s Nullabor-20 fibre. As part of the staged scale up to 100% tree-free fibres, the initial spin targeted a blend of 20% microbial cellulose and 80% conventional wood pulp.

Both Nanollose and ORTA are seeking to pursue additional collaboration opportunities with increased volumes.

Denim production highlights potential of Nullarbor-20 fibre

NC6 executive chairman Dr Wayne Best said the first batch of fabric from ORTA highlights the considerable potential of Nullarbor-20 fibre and its versatility for use in a range of fabrics and garments.

“To have attracted a partner of ORTA’s calibre to produce denim from our fibre provides us with confidence around the future for our product,” he said.

We continue to receive very positive feedback and strong demand from partner groups working with Nullarbor-20 and look forward to additional collaborative work which can lead to a reduction in the fashion industry’s environmental impact.”

Dr Sedef Uncu Aki, who leads ORTA’s sales and marketing, PD, R&D, planning and operations said at ORTA, sustainability is ‘business as usual.’

“Our aim is to create a more robust denim ecosystem where art design meets technology meets ethics for new infinite possibilities of denim today and tomorrow,” he said.

He said a company that incorporates emerging trends and fashion in its denim production, ORTA collaborates with artists, designers, vintage dealers, and trend-setters.

“Every season, new ORTA fabrics are accompanied by trend presentations, capsule packages, and seasonal journals reflecting the constantly evolving world of denim,” he said.

“In addition, we are trying to combine new outsource innovations in our own products and so we are excited to use Nullarbor in our line.”

NC6 has attracted interest from the fashion world which is increasingly looking to be more environmentally responsible.

Since the pilot spin, Nanollose has entered several collaborations as it moves to get its forest-friendly Nullarbor fibres to market.

This article was developed in collaboration with Nanollose, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

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