Italian denim producer Candiani Denim has exceeded its revenue forecast, recording €105 million in 2022, surpassing its target of €100 million. To bolster its commitment to sustainability, the company has introduced Graphito, the world’s first antibacterial, antiviral, and thermoregulating denim fabric. Developed in collaboration with graphene producer Directa Plus, Graphito aims to combat climate change within the textile industry.

Graphito combines two patents, G+ Graphene and Kitotex. G+ Graphene is a pure form of graphene that possesses excellent electrical conductivity, thermoregulation capabilities, and anti-static, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. Kitotex is a bio-sourced polymer derived from mushrooms that eliminates the need for liquid plastic in textile manufacturing.

The collaboration with Directa Plus was strategic for Candiani Denim. Proximity to their location reduced the carbon footprint associated with transportation and Directa Plus’s innovative technological aspects aligned with Candiani Denim’s commitment to innovation. The combination of G+ Graphene and Kitotex allows Candiani Denim to create a unique denim fabric that showcases their dedication to sustainable textile manufacturing. Graphito can be used alongside Candiani Denim’s Coreva fabric, further establishing the company as leaders in sustainable research and development.

Candiani Denim has a history of driving sustainability innovations in the fashion industry, while Directa Plus has collaborated with various sectors but is making its first foray into denim. Directa Plus’s graphene technology has been applied in sportswear, workwear, military applications, luxury labels, sportswear brands, textiles, and electronics for automotive interiors. G+ Graphene’s process relies solely on physical transformations without the use of chemicals and has garnered significant interest in the fashion market with its 43 certifications attesting to its lack of negative impact on biological systems.

The introduction of Graphito denim addresses the increasing demand for sustainable products in the fashion industry. The fabric’s technical properties enable Candiani Denim to influence water and energy consumption and reduce the carbon footprint associated with jeans throughout their lifecycle. The combination of Kitotex and G+ Graphene imparts antibacterial and antiviral properties to Graphito jeans, reducing the need for frequent washing and saving water and energy. By extending the wearability of Graphito jeans, water and energy usage can be significantly reduced, resulting in a carbon footprint reduction of up to 75%.

Laboratory tests conducted by Candiani Denim have demonstrated the effectiveness of graphene in reducing viral and bacterial loads on denim. Graphene has proven to reduce loads by more than 50% after five days, allowing Graphito jeans to be worn at least twice as often before washing. Graphito jeans offer thermoregulating properties suitable for both warm and cool seasons, providing year-round comfort.

Regarding rising energy costs, Candiani Denim remains confident in overcoming challenges, drawing on their resilience during previous energy crises. The company anticipates significant interest in Graphito fabric from other companies and potential inclusion in Fall/Winter 2024 collections.

Directa Plus views graphene as an enabling material with applications beyond textiles, including oil spill cleanup, water and soil treatment in the petrochemical industry, printing, membrane technology, impregnation, surface coating for textiles, composites, elastomers, dyes, and the energy and batteries sector where they are developing new lithium-sulphur battery technology. The company recorded a revenue of over €10 million in 2022, a 63% increase from the previous year.

Candiani Denim’s introduction of Graphito denim represents a significant leap towards sustainability and innovation in the denim industry. By harnessing the power of graphene and biodegradable polymers, Candiani Denim and Directa Plus have created a fabric with antibacterial, antiviral, and thermoregulating properties. The reduced water and energy consumption, coupled with the extended wearability of Graphito jeans, showcase graphene’s potential to revolutionize sustainability in the fashion industry. Collaborations like this pave the way for a more circular and regenerative future as demand for sustainable fashion continues to rise.

Useful links:
1. Directa Plus
2. Candiani Denim