Natural dye garden promotes a greener fashion supply chain


College of Human Ecology faculty and student efforts to advance sustainable approaches to textile and fashion design has led to the development of the Cornell Natural Dye Garden after a successful crowdfunding campaign that ended in fall 2016. The project raised $10,365 for the development and cultivation of a dye garden, which will produce a variety of colours that come from the natural world and have a lower environmental impact. “We know that synthetic dyes cause incredible environmental harm and pollute waterways. Human health is also impacted, particularly for labourers in the textile dyeing industries,” said Denise Green, assistant professor of fibre science and apparel design. Read more.

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