A Visit To Washing House 140Fahrenheit
Last week, I visited the sustainable washing house 140Fahrenheit in Mönchengladbach, Germany. This unique facility is settled in a former area for textile production, next to C&A FIT (more about this denim factory in the previous article here.). Since it’s opening at the beginning of 2022, the 140Fahrenheit washing house has been producing fully sustainable jeans finishes.
The Starting Point Of 140Fahrenheit
The 140Fahrenheit company was started by shareholders Felix Holtgrave and his brother Dr. Maximilian Holtgrave. Felix is the managing director of the company and is responsible for the everyday business. His roots are in textile as he was born in a textile family, and therefore garment finishing is part of his genes. His dad and even his grandfather built one of the first washing houses in Romania. Back then as a teenager, he had the chance to customize his favorite pants and consequently developed a taste for indigo.
Over the years, Felix got very experienced within the textile industry. Around ten years ago, He started to work in product management at a German fashion company, that specialized in trousers. During his next step, he studied textile management and later fashion and product management. A few years later he started with 140Fahrenheit. The unique washing facility is part of C&A’s program known as “Green Factory”. Although 140Fahrenheit is fully independent of the major fashion retailer based in Düsseldorf, Germany, they work for other denim brands as well.
The Future Of Garment Finishing
140Fahrenheit welcomes the future of denim finishing. In their facility, eco-friendly production meets social responsibility. It’s where design and creativity have no limits. Where they aim to make the world a better place, where every action counts.
They constantly searching for new standards in the textile and apparel industry. Always focussed on sustainability, digitalization, and social responsibility using state-of-the-art laser, washing, water recycling, and energy recovery technologies. Ready to make made in Germany pairs of jeans.
The Different Services Of 140Fahrenheit
140Fahrenheit offers a wide palette of different services when it comes to sustainable denim washing treatments.
- Creative development: Samples, duplications, and recipes.
- Quality assurance: Shrinkage, shade, and laser fabric tests.
- Washing: Used looks (soft touch through eco-friendly bluesign-certified additives, Eco Stone washes, ozone, and eco-bleach.).
- Finishing: Trimming, ironing, and labeling.
- Logistics: Packing, and dispatch.
- Other services: Consumption data, workshops, and education.
All their services are fully sustainable, without any compromise, so expect the following;
- 100% CO2 free*, with 70% wind and 30% solar energy.
- Up to 96% lower water consumption (only 6.96 liters after recycling approx. 59% of the process water), incl. avg. 50% water recovery.
- Zero environmentally harmful chlorine, p.p. spray, or pumice stones.
- 100% bluesign-certified additives that also meet ZDHC Level 3 standards.
In previous article 140Fahrenheit: A Brand-New Denim Finishing House In Germany you can read more about the denim washing company.