Nike has revealed a water-free dyeing facility featuring high-tech equipment for eliminating the use of water and harmful chemicals from fabric dyeing at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Far Eastern New Century Corp (FENC). The company has named this sustainable innovation ‘ColorDry‘ to highlight the environmental benefits and unprecedented coloring achieved with the technology.
On average, an estimated 100-150 liters of water is needed to process one kg of textiles today. Industry analysts estimate that over 39 million tons of polyester will be dyed annually by 2015.
Consumers can expect to see Nike ColorDry products in the marketplace early next year. Initial indications from FENC show that ColorDry is more efficient and consistent than traditional dyeing methods. Executive Vice President Kuenlin Ho said:
Compared to traditional dyeing methods, the ColorDry process reduces dyeing time by 40%, energy use by around 60% and the required factory footprint by a quarter. It’s also the most saturated, intense and consistent color we’ve seen.
Sources, images: Nike