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Patagonia and Archroma partner on sustainable dyes

US outdoor clothing giant Patagonia has partnered with textile chemicals specialist Archroma on its latest capsule collection, which has seen the retailer experiment with a line of plant dyes sourced from 96% renewable resources.

The products in the collection, which includes sweatshirts, shorts, T-shirts and shirts for men and women, have been coloured with dyes made from natural sources, including, along with other supply sources, EarthColors by Archroma, a range of dyes synthesised from agricultural waste.

Many of Patagonia's synthetic dyes use less water, energy and CO2 when compared with conventional processes, however, Patagonia says it is always looking for ways to do less environmental harm.

The company, which already collaborates with Archroma for the Patagonia Denim collection based on Archroma's Advanced Denim, selected Palmetto Green and Citrus Brown made respectively from non-edible palmetto green parts and bitter orange peels left over from agriculture industry or pharmaceutical extraction.

EarthColors is a line of plant-based dyes, sourced from up to 100% renewable resources. The colours change and fade over time, which is part of what makes these dyes unique.

"We are so proud that, once again, Patagonia has chosen Archroma's eco-advanced dyeing technologies for their newest sustainable clothing endeavour," says Paul Cowell, head of brand marketing in Archroma's brand and performance textile specialties business. "We at Archroma are committed to challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. Trail blazers like Patagonia bring us invaluable support in accelerating sustainable concepts in the textile value chain. Together we are showing the apparel industry the way to go, one collection at a time."

Other colours in the collection include Mulberry, using dye made from Chinese silkworm excrement; Carmine, the red powder for this dye is produced from cochineal beetles; and Pomegranate, using the rinds of pomegranate to produce a rich yellow-brown.

The Clean Color Collection is available at Patagonia retail stores and online.

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