Saturday, August 6, 2016

Eco-Friendly Dye

Creating a dyeing process that is more eco-friendly can be complex. Natural dyes are dyes primarily obtained from sources found in nature, such as roots, nuts and flowers; common ways to get colors like yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey. Our history shows that natural coloring has been in business for years. People in China and India used plant-based materials to dye their clothing. Natural dye became less popular when synthetic dye was invented in 1856. Synthetic dyes are made from petroleum and manufacture of petroleum-based products creates pollution. Many people are becoming aware and interested in organic and natural options for clothing along with chemical sensitivities. People with mild chemical sensitivities can often wear organic clothing with fiber-reactive dyes. Fiber-reactive dyes are dyes that forma bond with the fibers of the textile by interacting the cellulose fibers, such as cotton, linen, and hemp. Low-impact and fiber-reactive dyes have become the dye of choice for many organic clothing manufacturers who want a diverse palate of vibrate colors. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also dye your clothes by using plant-based materials and salt or vinegar as natural fixatives.

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