Archroma: Creating colors from waste fashion

Creating colors from waste fashion

(Source: Archroma)
(Source: Archroma)

According to, 92 million tons of textile waste is produced every year and is expected to increase to 134 million tons by the end of the decade. Around 85% of all textiles discarded in the USA end up in landfills, leading to land and water pollution.
Archroma has already developed a way to turn waste from the herbal and food industry into its range of EarthColors. The company is now introducing the FiberColors technology for textile waste.
With this technology, Archroma Management GmbH, Pratteln/Switzerland, upcycles textile waste into various colors. The colors are synthesized from a minimum content of 50% waste-based raw material. A way has been developed to use cotton and/or polyamide and their blends (with a >95% purity) to substitute the major part of the petroleum-based raw material usually used to make dyestuff.
The resulting FiberColors range, which is patent-pending and therefore exclusive to Archroma, includes 5 dyes covering a palette of timeless shades: Diresul Fiber-Teak (brown shades), Diresul Fiber-Ochre (olive shades), Diresul Fiber-Maroon (bordeaux shades), Diresul Fiber-Slate (blue gray shades) and Diresul Fiber-Graphite (dark gray shades).
The dyes are especially suited for cellulose fibers such as cotton, viscose, linen and kapok, and can be used in continuous, exhaust, denim and garment dyeing and printing processes. In this way, a brand can turn its own pre- and post-consumer textile waste into its own colors, and create a complete collection including t-shirts, chinos, sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, and home textiles.

EarthColors, Diresul = registered trademarks
FiberColors = trademark pending

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