Bio-Synthetic Trend Enhanced By Plant-Based Dye Solutions

Published On : 2017-12-06

Patagonia shows the way in the creation of sustainable clothes with the help of eco-friendly dyes

Archroma, a major player in the global Textile Auxiliaries Market, has announced its intention to enter into an agreement with Patagonia, an iconic clothing company created by Yvon Chouinard in America. The Clean Color Collection is a capsule collection that was unveiled by Patagonia in April 2017. The products offered have used dye colours sourced entirely from nature. The collection also counts EarthColors by Archroma, a dye range derived from agricultural leftovers as a source material. A number of synthetic dyes created by Patagonia use lesser CO2, energy, and water than conventional processes. Even then, Patagonia is always on the lookout for further ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The company already has an existing agreement with Archroma for their Denim collection that is similar to Archroma’s Advanced Denim.

The EarthColors dyes selected by Patagonia are the beautiful Citrus Brown and Palmetto Green shades made from bitter orange peels and inedible palmetto greens that were leftovers of pharmaceutical extraction and the agriculture industry respectively. The colours are able to give off a warm tone and pass off as natural water-based colour dyes. With bio-synthetics, a characteristic on the textile front known as bio-based nylon is contributing to the sustainability cause, along with cleaner technologies and recycled synthetics. Dyeing textile auxiliaries ensure that the sustainability message is heard across the textile value chain. Some examples of this are more efficient use of water for dye processing and bio-based dyes.

Earth Colors are plant-derived dyes, derived from almost 100% renewable sources. The colours fade and gradually change over time and this is what makes them truly unique and more sustainable. Archroma is quite proud of the fact that Patagonia has selected their company’s eco-friendly dyeing technologies for their most recent environmentally sustainable clothing venture. Initially, it was quite rare for different stages of the textile chain such as the beginning or the end to ever meet. However, a recent trend has been one of collaboration across the textile auxiliaries industry to ensure that innovative new products get their fair share of the limelight. The route taken by Archroma is a case in point. Taking a leap of faith is often the need of the hour and this just might help the discovery of innovative ingredients. Archroma has taken it upon itself to change the status quo so that the textile auxiliaries industry becomes more sustainable. Patagonia will be an invaluable partner to Archroma in improving sustainability across the textile value chain. By working closely, the two companies are blazing a path in the textile auxiliaries market and leaving competitors trailing in their wake, one collection at a time!

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