Textile dying and treatment processes produce 17 to 20 percent of industrial water pollution in the world. 72 toxic chemicals, 30 of which cannot be removed, have been found in our water solely from textile dyeing. As a vital part of textile production, the dyeing processes cause a large problem for designers who are trying to be more environmentally conscious.
AirDye® technology is a water free dyeing and printing process.
AirDye technology has been produced by AirDye Solutions, formerly
Colorep Inc., and is a technology development and textile design
company. On their website AirDye Solutions describe themselves as,
“passionate about creating new printing and dyeing technologies that
improve quality, value, and accessibility while helping to sustain the
AirDye technology uses a one-step process, where the liquid state of
dye is eliminated altogether. The process starts with heating fabric and
simultaneously dye is injected into the fibers in the form of gas. “The
entire process is waste-free: the paper is recycled, and used dyes and
toners are also recycled to make tar and asphalt.” One downfall is that
only synthetic textiles can be dyed using AirDye, as the physics of the
technology do not work with natural fibers such as cotton.
Up to 95% of the water, 86% of the energy and 84% of the green house
gases can be saved using AieDye as compared to conventional print and
dye methods. Up to 45 gallons of water can be saved in the production of
just one garment. The dying of synthetic fabrics alone uses 2.4
trillion gallons of water, every year, and with an unknown/untold amount
of environmental damage.
AirDye technology creates a large opportunity for regions around the
globe that cannot obtain water as easily, to localize textile
As AirDye technology improves, more water/energy will be
saved and hopefully the mass market of textile production could be ready
for a monumental change.