As seasons change, so do the colours we wear. Although some of the colours hanging in your wardrobe may look lovely it's important to know what's happening behind the scenes. To achieve colours that nature can't provide, dye and textile manufactures will produce artificial colours. These dyes have an effect on both the consumer and the production works body, health and environment.
Approximately 16-20 litres of water is used to dye one average t-shirt, which means on average, the global textile industry discharges 40,000 - 50,000 tones of dye into the water system.
With this comes a hazardous working environment for textiles workers. European countries have to follow stringent regulations on dyeing, however in many parts of the world these safety measures aren't taken. Regular contact with polluted water means that workers in dyeing units are at a much higher risk of contracting infections or diseases due to water contaminated by toxic chemicals.
So can we remove the dyeing process all together? Nature really does give us so many beautiful colours and dyes we can use. Before 2020 we hadn't realised that organic cotton can be grown in a variety of colours including tan, green, red, brown and yellow. Our lounge wear in tan and ecru are completely undyed which removes as polluting activity to the production process, leaving it in its beautiful, natural form.
Wool is generally a creamy white colour although some breeds of sheep produce natural colours, such as black and Silver. Our Henri Knitwear is produced from Peruvian Highland sheep that live 200m above sea level and is a crossbreed between Corriedale and Merino sheep. For our first knitwear launch we chose 2 natural colours and we look forward to expanding on this next year.
It has been a joy to discover the natural tones given to us by nature. This autumn we introduced four beautiful shades in two fibres into our loungewear and knitwear. These warm tonal colour provide the perfect hues for a winter wardrobe and all produced to the benefit of the environment and those who make our clothes.
So where does this leave us with our future collections?
This discovery has really influenced our sourcing decisions and we're looked to make the majority of our collection using undyed tones or natural dyes... watch this space!