Low impact dyes are synthetic based petrochemical dyes. However, unlike many conventional dyes, low-impact dyes eliminate harmful toxic and carcinogenic chemicals from the dying process. For example, heavy metals that are used in many conventional dyes are not found in low-impact dyes. By removing these heavy metals, it allows the dye to fully biodegrade. Also, certain types of aromatic amines which, are known carcinogens have been removed from the dye. Aromatic amines have a direct link to the development of cancer among textile workers.
LOW IMPACT PROCESS
For us, just having low-impact dyes was not enough, we wanted the entire production process to be low-impact. That is why many of our low-impact textiles are certified by the best sustainable standards in the world - GOTS and OEKO-TEX. For both standards, chlorine bleaching is banned and the use of wastewater treatment facilities is mandatory. Our goal is to make buying eco and ethical products easy!
Below are some examples of prohibited chemicals from the dye and the dyeing process. For more information about easy certification please visit our GOTS and OEKO-TEX pages. Remember we love questions, if you have any please reach out.
Aromatic and/or halogenated solvents
Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants
Chlorophenols (TeCP, PCP including their salts and esters)