At Bamboo Body, sustainability has always been at the forefront of everything we do, from the way we produce our bamboo clothing through to our day-to-day business environment. We are continually looking for ways we can improve our products and production processes. We are excited to launch our Eco Colour Collection, a collection that uses a new eco friendly dyeing technology called 'Dope Dyeing'. This process reduces environmental pollution and wastewater discharges in the dyeing process.
The Dope Dyeing Process
Instead of the usual piece dyeing, in which the yarn is first knitted into the fabric and then dyed as a whole, dope dyed yarn is the opposite. The yarn itself is dyed to a pre-selected amount of colours, which are then used to create the desired fabric. In other terms, this method of colouring the fabric means colourant is added at the time the fabric is spun, instead of dyeing the end product. The colour is then locked in to the fibre which is resistant to fading, has increased colour fastness and vibrancy. It is also highly resistant to UV fade (all of our garments have a UPF rating of 50+). The fabric will show some colour variations, which naturally happens when the dyeing occurs. This process also helps create the melange or marle effect.
Compared to standard wet dye processing, the dope dyeing technique requires absolutely no water during the process and the use of dye chemicals is reduced. Further, the production company we have worked with on our Eco Colour Collection is Oeko Tex (Standard 100) certified meaning our products are completely free from harmful chemicals and are safe for human use.
Compared to standard processing, dope dyeing:
Reduces WATER consumption by 89%
Reduces POWER consumption by 64%
Reduces CHEMICAL consumption by 63%
Reduces ENERGY consumption by 63%
Reduces C02 Emissions by 62%
Reduces CHEMICAL OXYGEN demand by 67%
Our pyjama range will be our first collection made from eco-colour technology. Made for everybody; women, men and children.