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Sustainable Fabric By IKEA and NIKE Textile Without Pollution

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by: Sharai Hoekema
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Recently, the Netherlands-based textile company DyeCoo announced that they have agreed on long-term collaborations with industry giants Nike and IKEA. This is quite a big step for a company that has a ‘mere’ 15 years of experience in their core business: integrating CO2 technologies in the creation of textiles.
Does that sound confusingly brilliant? Well, we are pretty sure that it is. Through their lean and clean production methods, DyeCoo has made it its mission to lead the textile industry to a sustainable future. 
Whereas most ‘traditional’ fabric producers rely on heavy chemicals, extensive use of scarce resources like water, and extremely cheap labour in sweatshops; this company from the town of Weesp has developed a 100% water-free and process chemical-free textile processing solution - that has attracted the attention of the before mentioned multinationals.

Water-free textile production

The CO2 technology has been proudly patented, having proven itself in a industrial setting. It replaces the water needed in the production process with reclaimed CO2. This is used as the dyeing agent in a closed loop process. After it gets pressurised, CO2 turns supercritical (SC-CO2). When this happens, its solvency power increases - which will let the dye dissolve very easily. This high permeability will transport the dyes easily and deeply in fibres, resulting in strikingly vibrant colours. 

This entire process is 'dry', without any need to evaporate water. Combined with efficient colour absorption and short batch cycles, this has made the entire technology very energy efficient as well: another factor contributing to the significantly reduced operating costs. 

On top of the significantly reduced water and energy needs, the dyeing process that uses CO2 does not require the addition of processed chemicals in order to dissolve the dye. Instead, the technology uses 100% pure dyes, that benefit from a 98% uptake - minimising waste. Actually, the entire production processed is focused on this minimisation of waste - including (waste) water and chemicals. This removes the need for water treatment. 

Reclaimed materials at the basis

Most of the materials used during the dying process, including the CO2, are reclaimed from the existing industrial processes. A brilliant 95% is recycled in the closed loop system. DyeCoo has remained steadfast in its proposal, employing a team of specialised engineers and textile experts to keep the process running smoothly. This includes a variety of personnel, including chemical and mechanical engineers, CO2 specialists, physicists and material experts. 
All of this has allowed the company to scale up activities, yet remaining true to its core. The entire chain is optimised for accountability and sustainability, so not just the mechanics of the production process alone, but also the procurement of fabrics and dyes; as well as the handling of the finished product. This has led to an increased focus on implementing best practices throughout the textile chain.

Scaling-up as the challenge

After proving its technology, DyeCoo has now stepped up and is looking for ways of scaling up. The main selling point, besides the sustainable production process, is the vibrancy of the colours - that really stands out. The use of 100% pure dyestuff allows for those beautiful colours to be added evenly, adding to the high quality standards. Additionally, the company has claimed that it is able to “dye fabric in the middle of the Sahara”: the geographic freedom is unlimited now that the need for water has been eliminated. 

Production can be kickstarted literally anywhere on the globe, opening up some great new opportunities - for instance, allowing the production to be performed closer to relevant markets, shortening the lead times, and being more 'lean' altogether. The immense potential has been realised by Nike and IKEA, amongst others. They have actively invested in the technology, which even led to demand for CO2-dyed fabric outgrowing the current supply.

Now that the 'big players' have acknowledged that the product generated in a more energy-efficient and generally more sustainable manner does not have to constitute a compromise on quality, revenue or functionality; we will soon start to see the results. Nike already introduced a product line that features the DyeCoo technology, with a bunch of additional products being added in the near future. 

It is a great example of how, once suppliers get their heads in the game, small technological improvements can make a world of difference: without having to compromise on product quality or appeal, the greener process makes for a much more sustainable one. And that is great news for all of us.

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Sustainable Fabric By IKEA and NIKE Textile Without Pollution

Recently, the Netherlands-based textile company DyeCoo announced that they have agreed on long-term collaborations with industry giants Nike and IKEA. This is quite a big step for a company that has a ‘mere’ 15 years of experience in their core business: integrating CO2 technologies in the creation of textiles. Does that sound confusingly brilliant? Well, we are pretty sure that it is. Through their lean and clean production methods, DyeCoo has made it its mission to lead the textile industry to a sustainable future.   Whereas most ‘traditional’ fabric producers rely on heavy chemicals, extensive use of scarce resources like water, and extremely cheap labour in sweatshops; this company from the town of Weesp has developed a 100% water-free and process chemical-free textile processing solution - that has attracted the attention of the before mentioned multinationals. Water-free textile production The CO2 technology has been proudly patented, having proven itself in a industrial setting. It replaces the water needed in the production process with reclaimed CO2. This is used as the dyeing agent in a closed loop process. After it gets pressurised, CO2 turns supercritical (SC-CO2). When this happens, its solvency power increases - which will let the dye dissolve very easily. This high permeability will transport the dyes easily and deeply in fibres, resulting in strikingly vibrant colours.   This entire process is 'dry', without any need to evaporate water. Combined with efficient colour absorption and short batch cycles, this has made the entire technology very energy efficient as well: another factor contributing to the significantly reduced operating costs.   On top of the significantly reduced water and energy needs, the dyeing process that uses CO2 does not require the addition of processed chemicals in order to dissolve the dye. Instead, the technology uses 100% pure dyes, that benefit from a 98% uptake - minimising waste. Actually, the entire production processed is focused on this minimisation of waste - including ( waste ) water and chemicals. This removes the need for water treatment.   Reclaimed materials at the basis Most of the materials used during the dying process, including the CO2, are reclaimed from the existing industrial processes. A brilliant 95% is recycled in the closed loop system. DyeCoo has remained steadfast in its proposal, employing a team of specialised engineers and textile experts to keep the process running smoothly. This includes a variety of personnel, including chemical and mechanical engineers, CO2 specialists, physicists and material experts.   All of this has allowed the company to scale up activities, yet remaining true to its core. The entire chain is optimised for accountability and sustainability, so not just the mechanics of the production process alone, but also the procurement of fabrics and dyes; as well as the handling of the finished product. This has led to an increased focus on implementing best practices throughout the textile chain. Scaling-up as the challenge After proving its technology, DyeCoo has now stepped up and is looking for ways of scaling up. The main selling point, besides the sustainable production process, is the vibrancy of the colours - that really stands out. The use of 100% pure dyestuff allows for those beautiful colours to be added evenly, adding to the high quality standards. Additionally, the company has claimed that it is able to “dye fabric in the middle of the Sahara”: the geographic freedom is unlimited now that the need for water has been eliminated.   Production can be kickstarted literally anywhere on the globe, opening up some great new opportunities - for instance, allowing the production to be performed closer to relevant markets, shortening the lead times, and being more 'lean' altogether. The immense potential has been realised by Nike and IKEA, amongst others. They have actively invested in the technology, which even led to demand for CO2-dyed fabric outgrowing the current supply. Now that the 'big players' have acknowledged that the product generated in a more energy-efficient and generally more sustainable manner does not have to constitute a compromise on quality, revenue or functionality; we will soon start to see the results. Nike already introduced a product line that features the DyeCoo technology, with a bunch of additional products being added in the near future.   It is a great example of how, once suppliers get their heads in the game, small technological improvements can make a world of difference: without having to compromise on product quality or appeal, the greener process makes for a much more sustainable one. And that is great news for all of us. {youtube} https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
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