Our blog a few weeks ago looked into the harmful effects of toxic dyes from the fashion industry on the planet as well as the workers and communities around the factories. We use low impact dyes, Oeko-Tex approved dye in all of our clothing, but we also wanted to try using vegetable dyes, as these are one of the most sustainable ways to colour fabrics!
We're starting with our lovely Kenny in the gorgeous natural shade Sand.
Dyed with Kareel, which is extracted from the fruit of Terminalia Chebula which is grown extensively in India and gives fabric anti-microbial properties.
Kenny is our new shape of long sleeved tee in soft cotton which is laid back, relaxed and oh-so-comfy. Generous sleeves with a round neckline, light drop shoulder and cuffed at the wrists. Baggy skater style and generous in the body length too
Veggie dyes are great as:
- Natural plants and vegetables are used
- No toxic/man made chemicals are used in the dying process
- Sometimes made using waste from the food industry
But not everything is perfect:
- They can be more expensive than standard dyes
- Colours can fade faster
- Limited colours available
- Less consistency across colours
Jazz is a size UK 8-10 and wears a S - with our Travis Hat in Khaki
Xandice is a UK size 16 and wears a size L - with our Umi Dungarees in Olive
As sometimes happens when trying new processes, things don't always go to plan! We also had a Veg Dye Nola tee planned, coloured with Madder Root which produces a beautiful pink colour. However the veg dying process meant that the neckline puckered slightly and they weren't up to scratch! We obviously don't want them to go to waste so we've popped them up on our Depop for a reduced price (where you can also find lots of other less-than-perfect items, one-offs and samples!)