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DyStar Becomes First Textile Dye Company to Earn Cradle to Cradle Material Health at Gold Level

Clothing brands seeking safe colorants can call off their search.

DyStar, one of the world’s leading textile dye suppliers, has been awarded Cradle to Cradle accreditation at the gold level for material health for a selection of its products—the first time such a company has earned this certification.

According to the innovation institute, this stamp of approval means that no substances present in the formulation at a concentration of 100 parts per million or above pose a risk to humans or the environment during textile dyeing, use or end-of-use.

The certified dyes will now be added to the Fashion Positive Materials Library, a digital database of better materials for fashion that have been certified to Cradle to Cradle standards. Launched last year, the library serves to provide designers, brands and retailers with the building blocks they need to help grow the circular economy.

“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,” Lewis Perkins, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, said in a statement Wednesday.

The certified dyes comprise a range of products for vat, disperse and reactive dyeing of textiles, including: Dianix for polyester; Remazol, Indanthren and Levafix for cotton; Realan for cashmere, wool and silk; and Indigo Vat 40%, an alternative to traditional indigo powder dye for denim.

These products are not only safer for the people who use them, but also the environment and fresh water suppliers 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,” John Easton, global ecology services manager at DyStar, said. “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.”

All gold-certified dyes are part of DyStar’s global sales range and currently in use at hundreds of mills around the world.