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4 - 12 MAY 2024

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2 - 6 OCTOBER 2024

EXCEL LONDON

4 - 12 MAY 2024

Denimolite

Denimolite

2.16 million tonnes of denim waste are produced each year. Denimolite aims to reduce the environmental impact of this waste by using it to manufacture new luxury products, provide customers with peace of mind that at the end of life, their denim products won't contribute to textile pollution as well as providing denim manufacturers a new waste disposal method for offcuts produced during the jean manufacture process. The garments and textiles are initially processed by cutting into thin strips using a custom-made strip cutting machine, then infused with a part plant-based bio-resin, before being compression moulded into Denimolite composite. Once cured the composite material can then be machined into new products using traditional manufacturing techniques. 

The final surface texture has a marble-like finish that can be compared to Damascus steel, whilst still possessing the tactile qualities of denim fabric. Due to the nature of the fabrication process, each item will be unique and have a texture, unlike any other product. Denimolite is strong, possessing material properties such as a young's modulus like abs plastic & a poissions ratio like cast iron. Currently the material is undergoing testing for BS 5577-1999 certification. Applications for Denimolite are limitless, so far Denimolite.ltd has experimented with applications in furniture, kitchenware utensils and cutlery, worktop surfaces and cabinet/ door handles. 

Context and Background: The average American owns 7 pairs of jeans making denim one of the most popular materials in modern wardrobes. Also on average: fashion garments are worn 7 times before being discarded, and the production of a single pair of jeans requires between 7.5k and 18k litres of water to produce. Fashion garments that cannot be resold in the second-hand market are exported around the world typically entering landfill sites in Alto Hospicio, Chile (39,000 tonnes annually), or Kantomanto, Ghana (7.5 million lbs per week). The only method of landfill management available currently consists of open-air fabric incinerating, when burning man-made fibres, releases massive amounts of CO2 and greenhouse gasses that pollute the environment. Denim fashion garments, containing manmade fibres such as polyester and elastane that are refused by current specialist denim recycling firms are included in Denimolite fabrication and used in the manufacture of new luxury products. 

Website: denimolite.com 

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