A decade ago, global textile dye and chemical manufacturer Archroma were in their infancy of developing non-toxic, sustainable dyes. Eager to incorporate the technology into our products, we waited 10 long years for the dye to become ready for commercial use.
Now, Kathmandu is the first in Australasia to use Archroma’s patented, non-petrochemical dyes — Earthcolours.
While most dyes are made from petroleum, Earthcolors is an organic dye that utilises the natural colour found in fruits, nuts and seeds. By using agricultural waste, Archroma can ensure they only use inedible organic matter like nut shells, beet skins and leaves.
The organic material is ground into a fine powder and the colours transferred to fabric using Arcroma’s patented process.
The best part? There’s almost no waste.