Archroma is introducing the FiberColors* technology. With this technology, Archroma upcycles textile waste into gorgeous colours. The colours are synthesised from a minimum content of 50% waste-based raw material.
Archroma had already developed a way to turn waste from the herbal and food industry into its range of EarthColors® featured by brands such as G-Star, Patagonia, Esprit, Tom Taylor, Pangaia, UGG, and Primark.
Archroma’s R&D experts have developed a way 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 five dyes covering a palette of timeless shades: brown, olive, bordeaux, blue grey and dark grey shades).
The dyes are especially suited for cellulose fibres such as cotton, viscose, linen and kapok, and can be used in continuous, exhaust, denim and garment dyeing and printing processes.
With this, a brand can turn its own pre- and post-consumer textile waste into its own beautiful colours, and create a complete collection including t-shirts, chinos, sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, and home textiles.
Heike van de Kerkhof, Chief Executive Officer of Archroma, comments: “After creating colours from food and herbal waste with EarthColors®, we are taking a step further in circular manufacturing with FiberColors*, addressing the huge textile and fashion waste global issue. This is how we make our purpose to lead our industry towards a more sustainable future for our customers and markets, a reality. Because it’s our nature.”