Bacteria Dyes are key to the future of the textile dye industry. The most widely used dyes at this moment by the industry come from petrochemicals. These pollute our water ways and are toxic to our environment and to us. Microorganic dyes don´t use toxic chemicals, need much less water for its application and growth. And bacteria don´t require large land space to be produced. These microorganisms can be fed with organic waste to reproduce. Making this a much less toxic and resource effective way of dyeing naturally and sustainably. Any process done at an industrial level makes sustainability difficult, but we always have to think that working with organic waste will always be easier to solve than a petrochemical waste.
Let’s Get Technical!
Thanks to the WORTH Partnership Project and the Re-FREAM grant —both funded by European Commission programmes— Anima has been able to team up with the Vienna Textile Lab and Aitex, technicians to research new methods in dyeing.By using bacteria and other microorganisms, Anima can dye textiles in different formats depending on the scale of the project.
Applying live bacteria directly to our textile and letting it feed and grow to produce unique and mesmerising pigments as well as organic patterns.
The most scalable of these methods for urban manufacturing. In our Sustainable Evolution collection we used the Eco Finish nebulization technology to dye textiles and garments in full color.
Some Good News
Dyeing with microorganisms can save up to 500 times the amount of water used in industrialised dyeing methods. By using the Nebulization method to dye finished garments, we would be saving 80% more water and need up to 60% less dye.