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Partners develop dye from cotton

by Marc S. Reisch
September 26, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 38

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Credit: Archroma
New brown dyes are derived from cotton.
Credit: Archroma
New brown dyes are derived from cotton.

Archroma and Cotton Incorporated, the research and marketing agency of U.S. cotton producers, have developed what they claim is the first-ever textile dye derived from cotton plant residues. Using cotton harvesting and ginning by-products, the two developed a biosynthetic sulfur dye. Known as EarthColors, the dye produces a range of brown hues on cellulosic fabrics.

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