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Textile dyes and pigments from bacteria, yeast and sugar

It makes sense to reevaluate chemistry and look at other technologies, such as fermentation and bacteria to make new molecules.

Explaining low impact dyes

Low impact dyes are dyes that has been classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as eco-friendly

Opportunities to scale green chemistry

One of the objectives of the conference was to find ways to scale green chemistry and what role, if any, should the GC3 play to support this idea.

Sustainable fibers for apparel and footwear

Innovative new sustainable fibers made from renewable resources or waste materials are making their way into apparel and footwear

What is next for sustainable fashion?

The apparel industry has introduced supply chain initiatives that fall under the circular economy. They will reduce the abundance of waste in the industry.

Alternatives to fluorocarbon-based Durable Water Repellent (DWR) chemistries

water repellant

Patagonia creates high-performance clothing. It relies on fluorocarbon-based Durable Water Repellant (DWR) chemistries. These chemicals are toxic and persist in the environment.

Four Innovations in Green Chemistry


From packaging to personal care, safer solutions are available. Although these are not all consumer facing products, they all demonstrate a key principle of Green Chemistry. Here are a few examples of either commercial products, or research projects that offer great promise for the future. Performance chemicals for apparel – Replacing fossil fuels. Beyond Surface Technologies (BST), a German […]

Creating valuable chemicals from waste

the dump

Using greenhouse gases and other waste streams to create valuable chemicals can restore the environment. The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) is a business-to-business forum that advances the application of green chemistry across supply chains. This year they hosted the tenth Innovators Roundtable. I was particularly impressed with some entrepreneurs who are taking inherently bad chemicals (e.g. […]

Denim Industry embraces alternatives to some hazardous chemicals


Lots of water, energy and chemicals are needed to pretreat, dye and finish our clothes. Levi Strauss and Co. just launched its updated Lifecycle Assessment of a Jean. It takes 3,661 liters of water to produce just one pair of jeans. The denim industry is valued at 60 billion dollars and growing. Whether the trend […]

Natural Indigo replaces tobacco in Tennessee

indigo blue plant

The textile industry is innovating. Less hazardous dyes, new equipment and novel processes are reducing the water, chemicals and energy in fabric manufacturing. Sarah Bellos, President of Stony Creek Colors and a Natural Resources Management Scientist is working with farmers in Tennessee to help them transition from growing tobacco to growing indigo. Due to a declining demand for […]

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