Sportswear giant Adidas, luxury fashion brand Kering, US clothing giant PVH Corp, Arvind Limited and Welspun India have partnered with the Fashion for Good initiative to launch a new scheme that focuses on trialing "dry processing" technologies to reduce the environmental impact of pre-treatment and coloration of cotton, polyester, blends, denim and wool.
Known as the D(R)YE Factory of the Future, the scheme has the potential to reduce emissions by up to 89 percent and cut water consumption by between 83 percent and 95 percent,. It currently trains the plasma and laser treatments, spray dyeing, foam dyeing and supercritical CO2 technologies.
The eight innovators picked to take part are: Alchemie Technologies, Deven Supercriticals, eCO2Dye, GRINP, Indigo Mill Designs, imogo, MTIX and Stony Creek Colors. They are expected to collaborate with each other and work closely with the scheme's partners. The technologies would be tested in combination with one another to unlock their full decarbonization potential. A report will be published in late 2022 that shares the results from the evaluations, as well as next steps for the wider implementation of dry processing technologies and techniques,.