According to the World Bank report textile production is responsible for up to one-fifth of industrial water pollution globally, with the emission of as many as 72 toxic chemicals reaching the water supply. “Once the synthetic materials reach the wastewater being dispersed from manufacturers, they heat the water, increase its pH and saturate it with those chemicals that left the factory; from there, they can go on to seep into fish or farmland upstream.”
The latest Global Fashion Agenda report suggests that the efficient use of chemicals, water and energy has to be a core priority for immediate implementation in the fashion industry. “If safer chemicals are used at the beginning of the production process, then the final output, supported by good processes, will be safer, too.” By controlling the input chemistry, we can be sure that products used beyond their original purpose won’t have a negative impact on human and environmental health.
We have been observing the negative affects of synthetic and artificial dyes for decades, however today’s solutions give us a possibility to choose natural dyes as viable substitutes: