Denim abrasion and finishing with enzymes

Making one pair of stone-washed jeans requires a lot of water, chemicals and energy. But with the help of enzymes, stone-washed jeans can be produced more sustainably without the use of stones. This is called enzymatic denim abrasion.

Denim finishing covers various additional processes such as bleaching and resin treatments. Novozymes offers enzymes for more sustainable denim bleaching.

90% less water with Novozymes DeniSafe®

Novozymes DeniSafe® is a certification system for spray machines and enzymes. This enables safe use of enzymes in new low-water washing machines using mist technology. Contact us to get in touch with the certified machine manufacturers.

The DeniSafe® system lets garment laundries reduce water and energy by up to 90% and saves costs on chemicals. The low water levels boost the effect of enzymes, making complete pumice stone replacement a reality.

Business opportunity in sustainable processing

New opportunities arise in denim abrasion and finishing with the right machines and enzymes. Laundries can differentiate their products to brands.  And brands can make new sustainability claims to consumers.

A family of solutions for sustainable textiles

DeniSafe® is just one of the many solutions that Novozymes offers. 

Novozymes offers products for biopolishing, a way to produce smoother, softer fabrics that retain their vibrant colors and high quality, wash after wash after wash.

For more sustainable pretreatment, Novozymes offers scouring with enzymes, or biopreparation

For consistent dyeing results every time, Novozymes offers solutions for effective bleach cleanup and desizing.

Don’t take our word for it

Interested in testing in your local conditions?  Contact us today to discuss doing a trial. We work with our channel partners to run comparative trials for you so you can judge the benefits of this new solution in your existing set up.

Denim abrasion

In denim abrasion, Novozymes Denimax® cuts water, energy and heat costs and gives a great stone-washed look.

Denim abrasion with enzymes 
•  Provides a high color-contrast finish, high color pull and a low degree of back-staining
•  Reduces equipment wear and tear compared to washing with pumice stones
•  Is available for temperatures as low as 30°C and for combined de-sizing and abrasion (single process step)

Learn more about denim processing with enzymes

Novozymes Denilite® allows for a safer, more stable and faster denim bleaching process even without damage to stretch fibers when compared to traditionally bleached denim.

Novozymes Denilite® Benefits

  • Cuts chemical use to improve effluent quality
  • Easier to use: bleaching stops automatically after 15 minutes
  • Improves garment contrast and enhances abrasion effect
  • Excellent anti-back staining properties
  • Available for use at room temperature
  • No damage to stretch fibers

 

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In denim abrasion, Novozymes Denimax® cuts water, energy and heat costs and gives a great stone-washed look.

Novozymes Denimax® Benefits

  • Provides a high color contrast finish, high-color pull and a low degree of back staining
  • Cuts water consumption by up to 95 % and energy consumption by up to 50 %.*
  • Reduces equipment wear and tear*
  • Available for temperatures as low as 30°C and for combined de-sizing and abrasion (single process step)
  • Available for water saving spray application for DeniSafe® certified machines

*Compared to conventional stonewashing with pumice stones

 

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