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Sustainable Fabric: Textile Without Pollution

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 its core business: integrating CO2 technologies in the creation of textiles.

Sustainable Fabric: Textile Without Pollution

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 too cheap labor 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 an 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 pressurized, CO2 turns supercritical (SC-CO2). When this happens, its solvency power increases - which will let the dye dissolve very quickly. This high permeability will transport the paints easily and powerfully in fibers, resulting in strikingly vibrant colors. 

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

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

 


                                             DyeCoo DyeOx. Sustainable Fabric: Textile Without Pollution


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 specialized 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 optimized 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 colors - that stands out. The use of 100% pure dyestuff allows for those beautiful colors to be added evenly, adding to the high-quality standards. Additionally, the company has claimed that it can “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 anywhere on the globe, opening up some great new opportunities - for instance, allowing the output to be performed closer to relevant markets, shortening the lead times, and being more 'lean' altogether. The immense potential has been realized by Nike and IKEA, amongst others. They have actively invested in the technology, which even led to the 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 shortly. 

It is an excellent 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 excellent news for all of us.

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Sustainable Fabric: 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 its core business: integrating CO2 technologies in the creation of textiles. Sustainable Fabric: Textile Without Pollution 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 too cheap labor 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 an 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 pressurized, CO2 turns supercritical (SC-CO2). When this happens, its solvency power increases - which will let the dye dissolve very quickly. This high permeability will transport the paints easily and powerfully in fibers, resulting in strikingly vibrant colors.   This entire process is 'dry,' without any need to evaporate water. Combined with efficient color absorption and short batch cycles, this has made the whole technology very energy efficient as well: another factor contributing to the significantly reduced operating costs.   Recommended:  Bubble Barrier Stops Plastic Soup Entering Oceans On top of the significantly reduced water and energy needs, the dyeing process that uses CO2 does not require the addition of processed chemicals to dissolve the dye. Instead, the technology uses 100% pure dyes, that benefit from a 98% uptake - minimizing waste. The entire production processed is focused on this minimization of garbage - including (waste) water and chemicals. This removes the need for water treatment.     {youtube}                                               DyeCoo DyeOx. Sustainable Fabric: Textile Without Pollution 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 specialized 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 optimized 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 colors - that stands out. The use of 100% pure dyestuff allows for those beautiful colors to be added evenly, adding to the high-quality standards. Additionally, the company has claimed that it can “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 anywhere on the globe, opening up some great new opportunities - for instance, allowing the output to be performed closer to relevant markets, shortening the lead times, and being more 'lean' altogether. The immense potential has been realized by Nike and IKEA, amongst others. They have actively invested in the technology, which even led to the 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 shortly.   It is an excellent 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 excellent news for all of us. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Panel Recycling: Photovoltaics Rebirth Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about recycling? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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