Evaluating Sustainable and Cost-Efficient Alternative Processes for Dye Application and Adherence in the Fashion Apparel Industry
The fashion apparel industry relies on highly pollutant industrial processes that are a major contributor to environmental problems ranging from climate change to human health issues. Processes involved in applying textile dyes are some of the most toxic, energy consuming processes involved in the production of fashion textiles. This research aims to identify, evaluate, and compare various alternative methods of applying and adhering dyes to textiles that are less pollutant in nature, consume fewer natural resources, are cost-efficient for the industry, and are viable for reproduction and application on an industrial scale. Literature discussing and reviewing sustainable dye application methods will be analyzed to evaluate methods that fulfill the aforementioned criteria. It is evident in scientific findings that there are many promising alternative dyeing processes that are less pollutant and use fewer resources than traditional methods, while also being cost-efficient and viable for industrial use. My research will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches and will also evaluate ways in which the fashion industry can be incentivized to invest in the adoption of these new, economically and environmentally beneficial, technologies and processes. With proper motivation from scientific data, public demand, designer’s prioritization, and so on, a path can be realistically conceptualized along which the industry can proceed toward implementing these processes as it moves towards sustainability.
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Dexter, Jane, "Evaluating Sustainable and Cost-Efficient Alternative Processes for Dye Application and Adherence in the Fashion Apparel Industry" (2021). Research Days Posters 2021. 48.