10 Feb '12, 10am
Nike Partners with Dutch Company to Foray Into Waterless Dyeing
Considering these statistics, waterless dyeing may be the way forward. Water is also an important part of the dyeing process itself, as it is used in textile pretreatment as well as finishing processes like washing, scouring, and bleaching. With the increase in water scarcity as well as water pollution, any methods to reduce the need for water should be encouraged. According to the World Bank, 72 toxic chemicals are released in to water ways solely from textile dyeing. Textile coloring and treatment accounts for between 17 to 20 percent of global industrial pollution. Many of these chemicals released into water bodies cannot be removed very easily, and they not only affect aquatic life but also farmlands and the local water table.