Natural, eco-friendly dyes

Textile dyeing represents a critical area where significant improvements are desired from a sustainability perspective. This is because most textile dyes used are synthetic, which can harm the environment during the post-use stage. The use of synthetic dyes also results in wastewater containing many hazardous pollutants. 

All these make the case for the use of natural and bio-based dyes for textiles. But these come with their own set of challenges.


EHS professionals

Financial investors

Sourcing professionals

Textile and fashion designers

Textile chemicals professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

  • Natural dyes are dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates, or minerals. 
  • The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources—roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood—and other biological sources such as fungi. 

Sustainability benefits

Environmental sustainability - Unlike synthetic dyes, natural dyes do not pollute freshwater ( any water for that case) due to runoff +++


High end fashion could be the segment that could adopt these fast as their customer base place a high value on all things natura

Stage of commercialization

Commercialized, though not at scale

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Chemical engineers, Biotech engineers, Agriculture engineers

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Decarbonization Potential


Value Chain

Textile yarn , Textile fabric production ,

Web Resources

Comparison between synthetic and natural dyes in terms of sustainability

“We have to find ways of using and enhancing nature, which could mean natural-synthetic hybrids” says director of UK-based Colour Connections. Both natural and synthetic dyes have their own challenges and constraints when it comes to large scale adoption. This is being discussed in detail in this article.

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