The dyeing process alone consumes about 90% of the water used for all fabric production. Thus, regular dyeing is the most resource-intensive and environmentally damaging part of the entire fabric manufacturing process.
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Why is the conventional dye process so harmful to the environment?
Global textile production is responsible for 20% of the water pollution caused by dyeing and finishing products. Dyeing a single kilogram of textiles by conventional processes consumes up to 60 - 150 liters of water. It is the most resource-intensive process of textile production and even releases microfibers.
More Information: The impact of textile production and waste on the environment European Parliament, 2023
Kant, R., Textile dyeing industry: An environmental hazard, Natural Science, Vol. 4, p.23
Why is dope dyeing more sustainable?
Because of its resource-saving process. Dope dyeing (spin dyeing) eliminates most of the water and chemicals. Pigments are incorporated directly into the melt-spinning process to produce colored yarns.
The savings are huge - water consumption is reduced by up to -90%, chemical consumption by up to -80%, energy consumption and CO2e emissions by up to -50%. UV stability is also significantly better, as is color fastness to rubbing.
More Information: Bluesign Academy, 2023
Why is dope dyeing not used on all textile products?
In 2021, only 3.5% of textiles used dope dye. The reason is that high order minimums of around 10 tons per color and yarn are required. Other brands often use lots of different fabric colors throughout their product range. This makes reaching the minimum order quantity for the dope dye process hard.
That’s why we only use black as the secondary shell material and grey as the inner material.This minimalist approach is much more sustainable.
Mehr Information: Lucintel's Market Report, Global Dope Dyed Yarn Market Trend