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SDC highlights textile coloration best practices

Industry News, News | February 15, 2022 | By:

The Society of Dyers and Colourists is urging the textile coloration industry to harness developments in processes and create a new era of reduced environmental impact in 2022 and beyond.

The voice of the sector has published a free downloadable white paper, “Destination low carbon: Global technology and innovation reducing the environmental footprint of textile coloration,” to summarize exemplary practice, and to inspire the wider sector.

A total of six case studies from the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany explain methods developed and established over recent years as well as brand-new innovation including:

  • Use of local agricultural waste to create clean dyes, and micro-organisms to synthesize colors of nature – negating the need for petrochemicals
  • Technologies to optimize automation across processes and machinery
  • Advancements to significantly reduce volumes of water, energy and dyestuffs required in processes

The technologies showcased are among those advancing the dyeing industry beyond its resource-heavy and environmentally impactful heritage, using a combination of education and experience to underpin research and development.

Andrew Filarowski, technical director of the SDC, said: “We have the technological potential to create a new era for our sector and our white paper is fuel for vital, urgent conversation. We know that many companies are already investing in better practice and ways to achieve circularity, and this is real progress. But much more needs to happen to bring this bourgeoning new era into the mainstream.”

The SDC is calling on its network and the wider dyeing and coloration industry to use the white paper to help devise and deliver carbon lowering improvements across operations.

Download “Destination low carbon: Global technology and innovation reducing the environmental footprint of textile coloration” free of charge at

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