Silicone: Helping produce the perfect jeans for you and the
Today’s denim jeans are soft and wearable the day they are purchased. That
is because manufacturers put their denim through a rigorous finishing process
that requires time, energy, numerous processing steps, and a lot of water.
A new granular silicone softening technology was recently introduced that
has the potential to reduce the amount of water, energy, and labor required for
denim processing – and to increase productivity.
The new eco-softener enables previously incompatible processing steps to be
combined. While each company finishes jeans differently, it is estimated that
use of the new technology can reduce water consumption as much as 30 to 50
percent. That translates into about 15 liters (3.96 gallons) of water
saved on every pair of jeans!
In China, which produces about 30 percent of the world’s denim, this
technology could save up to 7.5 billion liters (1.98 billion gallons) of
process water annually.
Learn about water repellency and
durability technology from Dow Corning.