A garment’s color is the result of many intermediary steps that consume a particularly high amount of energy. Water-based processes and drying treatments and cycles often require the use of chemicals along with significant quantities of hot water.
These can represent 36% of the CO2 emitted during a product’s entire life-cycle, and thus have a significant impact – as well as carrying potential health risks.
Mindful of the need to reduce this impact, Première Vision’s exhibitors are coming forward with new solutions. Whether natural or chemical, they focus on reducing water consumption and chemical by-products.
Here, we take a look at some of the main ways to reduce the negative impact of dyes throughout a garment’s life-cycle.
Natural options are by definition those not derived from a chemical process. The most famous of these is of course natural color, whether vegetal or mineral. But other possibilities are also emerging, creatively expanding the field of possibilities.
Consumers are increasingly educated on the subject of eco-responsibility, and pay particular attention to dyeing methods. Therefore, the use of petrochemical dyes is being called into question. The fact is that pre-treatments and dyes, when poorly used and purified, represent a real source of soil and water pollution, as well as an important health risk.
For more on the subject, go here for a look at the know-hows behind sustainable dyes for leather.