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Archroma Introduces patented Earthcolors from nature

28 August 2020: 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. Now the world is turning to nature where the roots of the ‘colors’ used in textile and other products could be found.

So, Switzerland based Archroma, a global diversified provider of dyes and specialty chemicals, has introduced Earthcolors, a patented new method of creating warm shades from nature. According to the company, these high-performance dyes are synthesized from non-edible agricultural or herbal industries waste such as leaves or nutshells. Currently, Earthcolors are available exclusive to brand owners only.

Archroma serves the branded and performance textiles, packaging and paper, and coatings, adhesives and sealants markets. It operates a highly integrated, customer-focused platform that delivers specialized performance and color solutions. Archroma has presence in over 35 countries and with 26 production sites.

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.

Creating a new, colorful life for agricultural and herbal waste.

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.

According to the company, 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. According to the company, during the synthetization of EarthColors, 100% of the natural raw material is transformed to a new dyestuff, guaranteeing full waste management into own production.

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