DyStar Receives Cradle to Cradle’s Gold-Level Certificate for Apparel Dyes

WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY - May 11, 2016
By Arthur Friedman

A selection of DyStar apparel dyes for the fashion industry has been assessed against the criteria of the Material Health category in the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard and has been awarded a Gold Certificate.

That certificate means that no substances present in the formulation at a concentration of 100 parts per million or above poses a risk to humans or the environment during textile dying, use or end-of-use.

The dyes will be added to the Fashion Positive Materials Library, a digital database of better materials for fashion that have been verified through Material Health Certificates or the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. Fashion Positive is a fashion-industry focused initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The first of its kind, the Fashion Positive Materials Library, was created in 2015 to develop “building blocks” for fashion designers, brands and retailers to grow the circular economy. According to Accenture, the Circular Economy could generate $4.5 trillion of additional economic output by 2030.

“With DyStar’s achievement of a Material Health Certificate for these textile dyes, they have demonstrated a commitment to positive impact in the communities where clothes are made and their downstream impact,” said Lewis Perkins, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

The dyes include a range of products for vat, disperse and reactive dyeing of textiles. These dyes are safer for the people who use them and the environment and fresh water supplies where large-scale fabric dyeing takes place.

“As the first textile dye company to earn a Material Health Certificate at the Gold level, DyStar reaffirms its commitment to environmental and human health,” said John Easton, global ecology services manager at DyStar. “In producing dyes for fabrics from cottons to polyester, wool, cashmere and silk, DyStar is proud to be part of a more sustainable future and growing a circular economy.”

Dyes included in the certification are Dianix for polyester; Remazol, Indanthren and Levafix for cotton, and Realan for cashmere, wool and silk. There’s also an alternative to traditional indigo powder dye — DyStar Indigo Vat 40% Solution — for denim.

“The indigo dye’s main byproduct is mostly water, and not sulfates and dye solids, which further advances the health of local water systems and thus human and ecological life,” Perkins noted.

The Fashion Positive Initiative applies the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard to transform the way apparel and accessories are made. The initiative spurs the creation of materials and products that result in a regenerative, beneficial impact on the environment and society. Fashion Positive collaborates with fashion industry partners to address pressing challenges, including harmful chemicals, water pollution and labor practices.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, with satellite offices in Amsterdam and and Raleigh, N.C.