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Waterless dye process promoted

March 1st, 2012 / By: / Industry News

MADE BY, a nonprofit organization that wants to make sustainable fashion common practice and improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, held a seminar in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to promote sustainable textile wet processing and waterless dyeing. Speakers from Greenpeace shared the podium with industry experts to discuss a road map to zero toxic discharge and strategies to improve environmental performance. “Around 2,000 different chemicals are used in the textile industry for wet processing and … the toxicity of these compounds when combined is often unknown,” says Angela Jenkinson, a wet-processing specialist for MADE BY. A good starting point for brands and mills is to improve process efficiencies in wet processing because “the industry average for ‘right-first-time’ dyeing is only about 20-30 percent.” DyeCoo, a company that makes commercial scale CO2 dyeing machines, claims that this waterless process would save significant water, dye and energy.

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