ALCHEMIE TECHNOLOGY IS PART OF THE FASHION FOR GOOD D(R)YE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE PROJECT: A NEW CONSORTIUM PROJECT TO ACCELERATE THE SHIFT FROM WET TO MOSTLY DRY PROCESSING IN THE TEXTILE SUPPLY CHAIN.
Today, Fashion for Good launches the D(R)YE Factory of the Future, a new consortium project that brings together several innovations in textile pre-treatment, colouration and finishing, that are set to accelerate the shift from wet to mostly dry processing. Textile processing is responsible for the highest greenhouse gas emissions, significant water, and chemical use in the fashion value chain. The selected innovations have the potential to reduce emissions by up to 89%, and to cut water consumption by between 83% and 95%.
Traditional pre-treatment, colouration and finishing, which occur in Tier 2 of the supply chain often takes place in large tanks or baths which require vast amounts of energy, heat, and water. It produces the highest amount of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, 52%, in addition to releasing large amounts of toxins into water. One of the key levers to reduce impact is to move from wet processes - to mostly dry processes - innovative processing technologies that require very little to no water and reduced energy.
This shift has the potential to reduce Tier 2 emissions by between 79-89% and could slash over a quarter of total GHG emissions in the industry. An equal opportunity exists to reduce water consumption, including savings of up to 83% in pre-treatment and 95% in colouration.
The opportunity to accelerate this impact reduction, lies in the disruptive solutions provided by participating innovators, and others emerging in this space. In comparison to conventional solutions, these technologies use little water, are effluent free, and as a result use less energy.
“The Fashion for Good D(r)ye Factory of the Future project, and the support of the brands involved, is vitally important as the need to address climate change becomes more urgent. We are delighted that Alchemie’s low energy, digital dyeing technology will be a key part of this drive to transform the textile industry to shift from highly polluting methods to the adoption of technology that will dramatically reduce wastewater, energy and carbon emissions.” Dr. Simon Kew, Managing Director, Alchemie Technology.