As a global leader in sustainable specialty chemicals for the textile industry, Archroma is dedicated to pioneering eco-advanced solutions. Our mission is to challenge conventions and redefine industry standards to contribute to a more sustainable future.
Our journey in sulfur dyes has been nothing short of transformative. From the introduction of the low-sulfide de DIRESUL® RDT range back in the 1980s to the more recent launch of our plant-based EarthColors® dyes and upcycled FiberColors® dyes, we have redefined what's possible in denim.
Denim production is notoriously water-intensive and responsible for wastewater pollution in global production locations that are already under water stress. It also generates substantial GHG emissions throughout the supply chain, from carbon-intensive materials to manufacturing, coloration and washing, and consumer use and disposal.
We recently expanded our DIRESUL® RDT range to include DIRESUL® EVOLUTION BLACK LIQ. Based on cutting-edge synthesis technology developed by Archroma, it delivers an overall impact reduction to 57% compared to standard Sulfur Black 1 liquid. [# Ecotarrae lifecycle analysis using the PeCiPe 2016 impact calculation methodology to measure impact on human health, resources, and ecosystems]#
Denim brands are placing greater emphasis on eliminating hazardous chemicals and reduce pollution, further elevating the significance of effective chemical management.
Archroma disrupted the denim industry in 2018 with the introduction of an aniline-free* indigo alternative: DENISOL® PURE INDIGO. With the world’s major clothing brands and retailers increasingly looking to eliminate aniline from their supply chains, many leading mills are now switching to aniline-free DENISOL® PURE.
The denim industry's heavy reliance on fossil fuels, legacy production processes, and global supply chain complexity continue to hamper efforts to move towards greater circularity.
Introduced in 2017, EarthColors® is a range of biosynthetic dyes synthesized from natural waste products from the agriculture and herbal industries; leaving the edible part still available for food consumption. Compared to conventional synthetic dyes, which use petroleum-based raw materials, this technology helps to reduce water footprint and climate impact and protect our natural resources.*[*Below limits of detection according to industry standard test methods ** Based on internal LCA comparative screening]* Upcycling natural waste in this way also has no negative impact on any other steps of dye manufacturing, such as water and energy consumption or waste generation. EarthColors® is transformed into a new dyestuff using up to 100% of raw materials from natural waste, helping us close the loop.
Launched in 2023, FiberColors® is an innovative range of dyes based on a revolutionary technology that turns pre- and post-consumer textile waste into its own beautiful colors. It is synthesized with a minimum of 50% textile-waste raw material. FiberColors® uses cotton, polyamide, and their blends (with more than 95% purity) to substitute a major part of the petroleum-based raw material that is usually used to make dyestuff . This approach allows for either virgin and/or recycled waste to be used, keeping waste from landfills.
The waste raw materials can be any color and does not need to be sorted by color. The FiberColors® range comprises of five dyes, covering a palette of brown, olive, bordeaux, blue and grey shades. It enables the creation of diverse collections, from t-shirts and chinos, to sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts, and home textiles—supporting the circular economy.
Throughout this journey, we have remained committed to innovation, sustainability, and resource efficiency. Archroma has advanced our solutions as well as redefined the industry's approach to more sustainable coloration in the denim industry. We remain dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what's possible, striving for a textile industry that is eco-conscious and yet can also fulfill consumer trends of today and tomorrow.
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