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EarthColors® is Archroma’s patented new method of creating warm shades from nature.
These high-performance dyes are synthesized from non-edible agricultural or herbal industries waste such as leaves or nutshells. Thanks to smart technologies, EarthColors® dyes are fully traceable – from natural waste material to the store. Currently exclusive to brand owners only.
* Range of dyes is transformed using up to 100% of raw materials from natural waste
Archroma is committed to developing innovative products and processes that are safer for the consumer and for the environment. We strongly believe, based on our extensive experience in textile processing, that sustainability can generate innovation, performance and can even lead to cost reductions for our customers. For this reason, our clear ambition is to offer our customers the best possible product solution package for them in each textile segments.
Innovation is a core competence of Archroma, which ensures that our products and services meet future demands, foster future technologies and contribute to a more sustainable textile industry.
As a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, together with our trusted heritage, our new product solution packages and innovations, we aim to be a reliable partner for textile mills as well as major retailers and brands for the whole textile chain – from the first idea to the final garment.
With the boom of the petrol-based chemical industry at the turn of the 20th Century, synthetic dyestuffs of higher performance and bigger volumes started to be commercialized around the world.
EarthColors® is Archroma’s patented new method of synthesizing dyes to produce warm shades from nature.
Archroma’s EarthColors® technology creates fully traceable biosynthetic dyes derived from natural waste products of the agriculture and herbal industries; leaving the edible part still available for food consumption.
EarthColors® are available in a range of six dyes that are made from waste left over by the agricultural and herbal industry, covering a palette of natural shades for cellulosic based fibres such as cotton, viscose, linen, bamboo, kapok, etc.
With EarthColors® we are able to produce cleanly, closing the loop, and respecting the environment
The EarthColors® technology helps to reduce the negative impact on water footprint, and preserve human wellness, natural resources, and climate change compared to conventional synthetic dyes*. Moreover, the fact that waste is up-cycled from other industries contributes to a circular economy.
Using natural waste based raw materials has no negative impact on any other steps of the dye manufacturing, such as water and energy consumption or waste generation. During the synthetization of EarthColors®, 100% of the natural raw material is transformed to a new dyestuff, guaranteeing full waste management into own production.
*Based on internal LCA comparative screening
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors® technology, are fully traceable – from natural waste material to the store.
Archroma is providing brand owners with the possibility to offer traceability for EarthColors®; tracking from the origin of the raw material and progress of the specific EarthColors® batch along the supply chain. Traceability information is available on smart hangtags which are attached to each item of clothing.
EarthColors® was honored with the prestigious Outdoor Gold Industry Award 2017 for Sustainable Innovations category
EarthColors® dyestuffs are ZDHC, bluesign® and GOTS approved products.
*Archroma's Earthcolors dyes have received the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute's Platinum Level Material Health Certificate
Creating more sustainable collections that will protect the planet and its people.
With EarthColors® you will be able to create collections cleanly, supporting the circular economy, and respecting the environment.
Thank you for supporting the power of nature!
The fashion clothing brand Esprit has created a new sustainable capsule collection dyed with EarthColors® technology.
The Esprit & EarthColors® by Archroma capsule collection consists of 11 clean basics, ranging from cotton shirts, laid-back shorts and flowing pants to accessories like canvas shopper.Learn More
Tchibo, a german chain of coffee retailers has developed its first Earthcolors sustainable clothing collection.Learn More
The haute couture ZMC has launched a new sustainable capsule collection dyed with EarthColors® technology.
Meet their new Eco Denim Earth, made with 10% post-consumer waste organic cotton and the olive color created using our Earthcolors technology.Learn More
The outdoor brand Ternua, has partnered with Archroma, and its EarthColors® patented technology, to create Nutcycle, a capsule collection of recycled t-shirts and sweatshirts, collecting, recycling and upcycling agricultural waste from the Basque region in Spain after food consumption. This collection reuses waste and applies it to garments, avoiding the use of artificial dyes.Learn More
The denim brand G-Star RAW has created its G-Star Elwood jeans collection with 2 designs colored using Earthcolors®technology.
Combining sustainable fiber, sustainable dyes, iconic style and a perfect fit they have mapped out a new way of thinking about denim.Learn More
The end-to-end bedding provider Indocount has partnered with Archroma to create their Pure EarthTMsheets collection dyed with EarthColors® technology.
Their passion for nature and commitment to sustainability has driven them to provide exquisite and Earth-friendly bedding products to customers focused on creating all-encompassing sleep experiences.Learn More
The outdoor apparel brand Patagonia set up its Clean Color Collection, a capsule collection dyed with natural ingredients that uses, among others, the Sustainable EarthColors® technology.Learn More
VAUDE, a German outdoor brand -a leader in sustainability-, has set its environmentally friendly Summer 2020 collection made by EarthColors® patented technology!
At present, they are available for cellulosic fibers such as cotton, viscose, linen, bamboo, kapok, etc. Our experts in R&D are continuously working in order to make EarthColors® available for other fibers.
EarthColors® is currently exclusive to brand owners only. EarthColors® dyestuffs are only supplied to approved textile mills, supporting the efforts of the brand owners towards transparency and traceability.
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors®technology, can be applied by dyeing technologies well established within the textile industry. EarthColors® dyes are suitable for yarn and woven continuous dye equipment, as well as garment dyeing facilities at close atmospheric conditions.
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors®technology, have good affinity for cellulosic fibers and during dyeing process they are directly linked to the fiber by chemical bolds. Therefore, EarthColors® dyes equal the fixation rate, fastness and overall performance of Archroma’s existing range of sulfur dyes made from conventional petroleum based raw materials.
Archroma uses its dyes facilities nearby Barcelona with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment specially adapted to produce Archroma’s dyes produced using patented EarthColors®technology. Raw materials are mainly sourced within less than 500 km from the production site.
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors®technology, are exempt of REACH regulation because both raw material and final product are not considered harmful for human health neither environment.
Since the launch of EarthColors® in 2014, there has been a growing interest within a variety of market segments such as active-wear, outdoor, denim, casual, underwear, home textile, etc. Furthermore, major brands from the USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia have already launched collections based on EarthColors®.
An efficient dyeing system based on upcycled plant waste for colors inspired by nature that preserve its precious resources
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