GREENSBORO, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB), a worldwide way of life attire firm, with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most iconic client manufacturers, Lee® and Wrangler®, at the moment introduced an enlargement of its collaboration with Dallas-based Panda Biotech, LLC, an rising chief within the industrial hemp fiber trade. With this collaboration, Kontoor Brands and Panda Biotech are working to deliver traceability and scale to the textile-grade cottonized hemp grown and processed within the United States.
“Sustainable hemp creates the perfect complement fiber to cotton. We are excited by the opportunity to advance the denim industry’s use of environmentally friendly hemp to craft high-quality, eco-conscious apparel,” mentioned Dhruv Agarwal, Senior Director of Global Material Innovation and Product Development, Kontoor Brands. “Our work with Panda Biotech has been focused on making truly sustainable hemp, unlocking an additional commercialized fiber crop for American farmers, and providing consumers with access to more sustainable apparel.”
As Kontoor and Panda Biotech work towards the commercialization of domestically grown and processed hemp, the businesses are sharply centered on traceability from farm to product. Industrial hemp is a regenerative crop attributable to its potential to develop with little water, minimal-to-no pesticides and herbicides, manufacturing of a excessive per acre fiber yield, and absorption of extra carbon dioxide per acre than any forest or industrial crop.
“As a leading global denim manufacturer, with vast experience in bringing innovative fibers and processes to market, Kontoor Brands has been an invaluable ally as we build the largest industrial hemp processing facility in the United States for high-quality, textile-grade fiber and hurd for numerous sustainable manufacturing applications,” mentioned Dixie Carter, President of Panda Biotech. “We have been working with Kontoor since our company was founded, and we are aligned in our desire for our domestically grown fiber to be the most traceable hemp in the world and processed using renewable practices. We are excited to be working with Kontoor and its iconic global brands to expand access to domestically grown and processed hemp.”
As a worldwide producer of thousands and thousands of merchandise every year, Kontoor Brands is dedicated to utilizing its world scale to advance the denim trade. Earlier this 12 months, Kontoor introduced the expansion of its Indigood™ program, an initiative that targets water financial savings in the course of the material building section of the attire provide chain. Debuted in 2019 with the introduction of foam-dyed denim, the Indigood™ program has expanded to incorporate water financial savings know-how in attire material manufacturing that makes use of not less than 90 p.c much less water than standard material manufacturing. Kontoor stays centered on sourcing and producing attire and equipment in a means that’s good for folks and the planet and is dedicated to bringing shoppers the most recent in sustainable vogue by the commercialization of cottonized hemp.
Through the Panda Biotech collaboration, which first kicked off in 2019 after the passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Kontoor Brands plans to have U.S. grown and processed hemp in market in its denim attire by 2023.
Learn extra about Kontoor’s sustainability practices and accountable sourcing requirements at KontoorBrands.com/sustainability.
About Kontoor Brands, Inc.
Kontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB) is a worldwide way of life attire firm, with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most iconic client manufacturers: Wrangler® and Lee®. Kontoor designs, manufactures and distributes superior high-quality merchandise that look good and match proper, giving folks world wide the liberty and confidence to specific themselves. Kontoor Brands is a purpose-led group centered on leveraging its world platform, strategic sourcing mannequin and best-in-class provide chain to drive model progress and ship long-term worth for its stakeholders. For extra details about Kontoor Brands, please go to www.KontoorBrands.com.
About Panda Biotech, LLC
Based in Dallas, Texas, privately held Panda Biotech, LLC is a primary mover within the rising U.S. industrial hemp fiber and hurd trade. Panda Biotech’s govt management has intensive expertise creating, financing, developing, and working large-scale infrastructure services in clear vitality. They have developed 22 initiatives representing roughly $12 billion in invested capital. The firm is presently creating large-scale, industrial Hemp Gin services. Panda’s first facility, the “Panda High Plains Hemp Gin” LLC (“PHPHG”), is situated in Wichita Falls, Texas, and will likely be operational in March 2022. It would be the largest hemp processing and cottonization facility within the Western Hemisphere and believed to be the most important on the planet.
Additional data on Panda Biotech could be discovered at www.pandabiotech.com and @PandaBiotech on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.