Textile processing is responsible for the highest greenhouse gas emissions, significant water and chemical use in the fashion value chain. The new consortium project D(R)YE Factory of the Future launched by Fashion for Good brings together several innovations in textile pre-treatment and coloration, that are set to accelerate the shift from wet to mostly dry processing. The selected innovations have the potential to reduce emissions by up to 89%, and to cut water consumption by between 83% and 95%.
Orchestrated by Fashion for Good, the D(R)YE Factory of the Future partners with adidas AG (Germany), Kering (France), PVH Corp. (USA), Arvind Ltd. (India), and Welspun (India) who bring extensive expertise in the textiles space, and innovators to bring together several novel technologies with the aim of disrupting the current processing, pre-treatment, coloration (dyeing and printing) and finishing, of textiles in the apparel supply chain. Although a number of innovations exist in this space, they are often explored in isolation. To achieve greater impact and accelerate the shift to more sustainable practices, this project, initially focuses on innovations in pre-treatment and coloration, partners several innovations together to test their solutions in combination to validate their impact and potential to scale in the apparel value chain.
Working closely with participating Fashion for Good partners and key supply chain players, 8 innovators, Alchemie Technologies Ltd. (UK), Deven Supercriticals Pvt. Ltd. (India), eCO2Dye (USA), Grinp srl (Italy), Indigo Mill Designs (USA), imogo AB (Sweden), MTIX Ltd. (UK) and Stony Creek Colors (USA), will collaborate to demonstrate innovative solutions in pre-treatment and coloration, across 5 different materials; cotton, polyester, blends, denim and wool. Technologies tested include plasma and laser treatments, spray dyeing, supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) and foam dyeing. The results from the evaluations, as well as next steps for implementation, will be shared in a report in late 2022.