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The Importance of Natural Dye

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anchal natural dyes dye india color In recognition of Earth Day this coming Saturday, we want to share how we are designing change through sustainable practices in our holistic program, process and production. We do not take lightly the work it takes to offset the damages cause by the textile industry. The rise of “fast fashion” has made the global textile and apparel industry one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world – resulting in toxic pollution, unethical labor practices and mounting waste.

Anchal believes that by sourcing recycled material, organic fibers, natural dyes, alongside creating quality handcrafted textiles, we can begin to offset the damage to people and our planet. Yesterday we spoke about certified organic fibers and today we want to address the importance of natural and low-impact dyes.

We love this article from sustainable brand Zady that highlights the history of fabric dye with a special emphasis on the harm caused by synthetic dyeing.  According to the article, the increased demand for textile production and the use of synthetic dyes to make those products has caused the dye wastewater to greatly harm our environment. The article even added that "critics say you can tell the next season’s hit hue by the color of the rivers in China." The textile industry is the 2nd largest polluter on the planet followed by oil. The harsh chemicals released during industrial dyeing damages aquatic systems and make drinking water dangerous.

Anchal is passionate about engaging in practices that offset the damages of the textile industry. Locally in Louisville we have our dyeScape initiative - a network of gardens grown on vacant properties that support the cultivation of dye plants for the purpose of natural textile production in Louisville, KY.

This past year we launched our international initiative, Designing Colorful Change, which will allow us to train 135 women in harvesting and natural dye techniques in Ajmer, India!

We hope to inspire change in the world of textile dyeing by promoting natural dyeing. Will you join us in #designingchange this Earth Day and every day?

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