Sustainable Dyeing in Fashion & Textiles

Did you know there are sustainable alternatives for the dyeing processes in the fashion and textile industry?

Let´s start with some relevant facts and figures that illustrate why this is relevant nowadays:

  • The fashion industry uses around 93 billion cubic meters of water annually, enough to fill 37 million Olympic swimming pools, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
  • Mills can use up to 200 tons of water per ton of dyed fabric, which in turn only produces about 1400 pieces of clothing.
  • The fashion industry’s dyeing and treatment processes are responsible for 20% of the world’s water pollution

What is its impact?

Traditional colour dyeing is one of the most polluting and energy-intensive processes in the textile industry:

  • Excess water consumption during production process
  • Waste water disposal after the production process 
  • Chemicals and dyes end up in the groundwater
  • Heavy metals contamination: hazardous substances end up in our food chain causing health issues.

What are the available solutions?

Nowadays, there are a lot of innovative sustainable dyeing methods that are safe for people and the environment. Innovation in dyeing technologies ranges from:

  • Pre-treatment of cotton
  • Natural colors extracted from biodegradable plant sources
  • Pressurized CO2 dye application 
  • Creating natural pigments from microbes.

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