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Biodegradable markers are a highlight. Environmentally-friendly colouring agents are a rarity in the textiles industry – but perhaps these will change that.

Cue a Finnish research project investigating natural sources for dyes and pigments. Even microbes from agricultural waste are going under the microscope.

Each step in the production of biocolourants, from manufacture to delivery, is examined for sustainability. The results are recorded in a public database so that other research projects and companies can benefit.

The team is currently presenting its work in the ‘Sustainable Color’ Exhibition, at the Design-Museum in Helsinki.

Societal acceptance of naturally dyed clothing, often perceived as less vibrant than its synthetic counterpart, will be a crucial factor in its success.

Time for a sustainable trend.

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