The wash cycle is about to get tremendously shorter for textile manufacturers
It is so frustrating to wash your new clothes only to find that their colour has faded to a new shade of the original. Manufacturers face similar headaches. Reactive dyeing is a commonly used colouration method because of the subsequent stability of reactive dyes in aqueous detergents. However, a large percentage of the dye hydrolyses during the dyeing process, inhibiting its ability to penetrate fibres. This requires multi-step washes and rinses to achieve the colour and stability one expects when the clothing arrives at their washing machine. In turn, the process sends energy and water usage through the roof, requires significant treatment of wastewater, and costs manufacturers a small fortune. The EU-funded H2COLOR-AUX is bringing novel technology to market to prevent hydrolysis, significantly enhancing the sustainability and competitiveness of Europe's textile manufacturers and protecting our planet.
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