Manya Cherabuddi uses natural waste by extracting their colours to form eco-friendly dyes. Having started creating natural colours months ago, the dye maker wanted to find a way to reuse plant waste which led to her using their colours in the form of cloth dye.
In the United States alone, more than 15 million pounds of textile waste is generated each year. In response to the environmentally harmful practices of fast fashion—a business model that prioritizes quick and cheaply made garments over long-lasting quality and fair workers’ wages—some brands and designers are making ethically sourced materials and manufacturing processes a production requirement.
Black beans are delicious, pooled beside a pile of rice on a plate of enchiladas, but have you ever thought about dyeing fabric with them? We’re guessing not, and we understand why. Natural dyeing sounds like the kind of overly complicated activity that takes a whole weekend and still doesn’t work—but wrong!
New York bedding company Buffy has used natural dye made from a mix of plants, spices and fruits to colour its eucalyptus fabric sheets.
The collection includes a duvet cover, fitted sheet, top sheet and pillowcases, available in two tones of grey made from a mix of pomegranate, eucalyptus, and tea.