Eco Dyes and Printing

Unfortunately, the fashion industry uses many chemicals and synthetic dyes that have social and environmental impacts. In order to reduce the impact on the environment, old eco-practices are now being reassessed. The key to creating a long-term sustainable fashion industry, reducing waste and limiting unnecessary environmental damage is: eco-printing and eco-dyeing. With clever application, natural elements are used to create visually new garments, either by dyeing or by printing processes.

Eco-printing

Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, colours and traces on the fabric. Plant material, is steamed or boiled to release the dye that occurs naturally in the plant, creating an imprint of the leaf or flower. These imprints are called "eco-prints." Each garment is therefore unique.

What is ecological dyeing?

Ecological dyeing is an intelligent, environmentally conscious dyeing process in which the dyes are produced with natural dyes, such as fruit, flowers and plants, which can be used for clothing, linen and even paper. This is done by mixing them into a paste or boiling them in a liquid to dye the desired clothes.

Here are some of the reasons why people and industry should pay more attention to natural colourants:

- Creates conscious and sustainable clothing
- Creates unique pieces through flowers, leaves, shades and colour intensity
- Promotes healthy and safe conditions for workers and our environment
- Can be used to give old clothes a second life
- Reduces the amount of waste
- Recovers food waste and compost
- Eliminates the risk of contamination by chemicals (in water, soil, etc.)

Sources

[1] https://www.sharlenebohr.com/my-technique
[2] https://threadstories.co/handmade-dyeing-the-craft-of-eco-printing-with-natural-dyes-2/