EarthColors is Archroma’s patented new method of creating warm shades from nature.
These high performance dyes are synthesized from non-edible agricultural or herbal industries waste such as leaves or nutshells. Thanks to smart technologies, EarthColors dyes are fully traceable – from natural waste material to the store. Currently exclusive to brand owners only.
* Range of dyes is transformed using up to 100% of raw materials from natural waste
Archroma is committed to developing innovative products and processes that are safer for the consumer and for the environment. We strongly believe, based on our extensive experience in textile processing, that sustainability can generate innovation, performance and can even lead to cost reductions for our customers. For this reason, our clear ambition is to offer our customers the best possible product solution package for them in each textile segments.
Innovation is a core competence of Archroma, which ensures that our products and services meet future demands, foster future technologies and contribute to a more sustainable textile industry.
As a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, together with our trusted heritage, our new product solution packages and innovations, we aim to be a reliable partner for textile mills as well as major retailers and brands for the whole textile chain – from the first idea to the final garment.
With the boom of the petrol-based chemical industry at the turn of the 20th Century, synthetic dyestuffs of higher performance and bigger volumes started to be commercialized around the world.
EarthColors is Archroma’s patented new method of synthesizing dyes to produce warm shades from nature.
Archroma’s EarthColors technology creates fully traceable biosynthetic dyes derived from natural waste products of the agriculture and herbal industries; leaving the edible part still available for food consumption.
EarthColors are available in a range of seven dyes that are made from waste left over by the agricultural and herbal industry, covering a palette of natural shades for cellulosic based fibres such as cotton, viscose, linen, bamboo, kapok, etc.
manufactured using 100% of ALMOND SHELLS from the food industry
manufactured using 100% of ROSE MARY waste from the herbal industry
manufactured using 100% of COTTON PLANT residues from the cotton industry
manufactured using 90% of BITTER ORANGE residues from the herbal industry
manufactured using 90% of BEET residues from the food industry
manufactured using 90% of SAW PALMETTO residues from the herbal industry
manufactured using 70% of SAW PALMETTO residues from the herbal industry
With EarthColors we are able to produce cleanly, closing the loop, and respecting the environment
Using natural waste based raw materials has no negative impact in any other steps of the dye manufacturing, such as water and energy consumption or waste generation. During the synthetization of EarthColors, 100% of the natural raw material is transformed to a new dyestuff, guaranteeing full waste management into own production.
*Based on internal LCA comparative screening
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors technology, are fully traceable – from natural waste material to the store.
Archroma is providing brand owners with the possibility to offer traceability for EarthColors; tracking from the origin of the raw material and progress of the specific EarthColors batch along the supply chain. Traceability information is available on smart hangtags which are attached to each item of clothing.
Watch our EarthColors video to see how it works:
EarthColors was honored with the prestigious Outdoor Gold Industry Award 2017 for Sustainable Innovations category
EarthColors dyestuffs are bluesign® and GOTS approved products.
The outdoor apparel brand Patagonia recently released its Clean Color Collection, a new capsule collection dyed with natural ingredients that uses, among others, the Sustainable EarthColors technology.
India’s largest Menswear brand, Peter England has recently released its Earth ‘Chinos’ Collection.
Driven by authenticity as their key value, Peter England is the first brand in the world to launch this collection with smart NFC traceability, allowing the consumers to access information about the making and the makers of their clothes.
The outdoor brand Kathmandu has set a unique challenge by creating their most sustainable hoodie ever with EarthColors technology. Creating a garment worthy enough to wear, transforming an ordinary hoodie into a ground-breaking garment.
The denim brand G-Star RAW has launched its G-Star Elwood jeans collection with 2 designs colored using Earthcolors technology.
Combining sustainable fiber, sustainable dyes, iconic style and a perfect fit they have mapped out a new way of thinking about denim.
The lingerie & nightwear brand Calida has launched his new pajama’s collection dyed with EarthColors technology. Creating a chic yet laid-back lounge look pajamas with sustainable production.
At present, they are available for cellulosic fibers such as cotton, viscose, linen, bamboo, kapok, etc. Our experts in R&D are continuously working in order to make EarthColors available for other fibers.
EarthColors is currently exclusive to brand owners only. EarthColors dyestuffs are only supplied to approved textile mills, supporting the efforts of the brand owners towards transparency and traceability.
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors technology, can be applied by dyeing technologies well established within the textile industry. EarthColors dyes are suitable for yarn and woven continuous dye equipment, as well as garment dyeing facilities at close atmospheric conditions.
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors technology, have good affinity for cellulosic fibers and during dyeing process they are directly linked to the fiber by covalent bolds. Therefore, EarthColors dyes equal the fixation rate, fastness and overall performance of Archroma’s existing range of sulfur dyes made from conventional petroleum based raw materials.
Archroma uses its dyes facilities nearby Barcelona with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment specially adapted to produce Archroma’s dyes produced using patented EarthColors technology. Raw materials are mainly sourced within less than 500 km from the production site.
Archroma’s dyes, manufactured using patented EarthColors technology, are exempt of REACH regulation because both raw material and final product are not considered harmful for human health neither environment.
Since the launch of EarthColors in 2014, there has been a growing interest within a variety of market segments such as active-wear, outdoor, denim, casual, underwear, home textile, etc. Furthermore, major brands from the USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia have already launched collections based on EarthColors.