14- Textile Dyeing & Processing
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Ever wondered how our clothes got their color? Listen to this episode and expect to be surprised (if your jaw isn't on the floor). Below I have included some timestamps to refer to if you want to re-listen to one part. I've also included all my sources below- check them out to learn more in-depth information.


Environmental Effects: 10:15

  • Water Scarcity: 12:04
  • Air Pollution: 14:09
  • Water Pollution: 15:10

Health Effects: 18:29

Azo Dyes: 20:45

Alternatives to toxic dyeing practices: 23:49


Chequer, Farah Maria Drumond, et al. “Textile Dyes: Dyeing Process and Environmental Impact.” Eco-Friendly Textile Dyeing and Finishing, 16 Jan. 2013, pp. 151–176., doi:10.5772/53659.

Hassaan, Mohamed A., and Ahmed El Nemr. “Health and Environmental Impacts of Dyes: Mini Review.” American Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering, vol. 1, no. 3, 18 May 2017, pp. 64–67., doi:10.11648/j.ajese.20170103.11.

“Italy's Largest Fashion Supply Chain Pledges to Detox Hazardous Chemicals.” Greenpeace International, 11 Feb. 2016, www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/7444/italys-largest-fashion-supply-chain-pledges-to-detox-hazardous-chemicals/.

Kant, Rita. “Textile Dyeing Industry an Environmental Hazard.” Natural Science, vol. 04, no. 01, 14 Jan. 2012, pp. 22–26., doi:10.4236/ns.2012.41004.

Malik, Abdul, and Sana Khan. “Environmental and Health Effects of Textile Industry Wastewater.” Environmental Deterioration and Human Health: Natural and Anthropogenic Determinants, 8 Dec. 2013, pp. 55–71., doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7890-0_4.

Mani, Sujata, and Ram Naresh Bharagava. “Textile Industry Wastewater: Environmental and Health Hazards and Treatment Approaches.” Recent Advances in Environmental Management, Nov. 2018, pp. 47–69., doi:10.1201/9781351011259-3.

Manzoor, Javid, and Manoj Sharma. “Impact of Textile Dyes on Human Health and Environment.” Advances in Human Services and Public Health, Jan. 2020, pp. 162–169., doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-0311-9.ch008.

Mondal, M., et al. “Environmental Stresses From Dye Factories: A Case Study at Nadia, West Bengal .” International Journal of Environmental Sciences, vol. 6, no. 4, Jan. 2016, pp. 467–471., doi:10.6088/ijes.6052.

“A Monstrous Mess: Toxic Water Pollution in China.” Greenpeace International, 23 Jan. 2014, www.greenpeace.org/international/story/6846/a-monstrous-mess-toxic-water-pollution-in-china/.

Ranson, Beth. “The True Cost of Colour: The Impact of Textile Dyes on Water Systems.” Fashion Revolution, 14 Feb. 2020, www.fashionrevolution.org/the-true-cost-of-colour-the-impact-of-textile-dyes-on-water-systems/.

Rossini, Aurélie. “Water First. Fashion Second.” Fashion Revolution, 10 Feb. 2020, www.fashionrevolution.org/water-first-fashion-second/.

Sivaram, N. M., et al. “Toxic Waste From Textile Industries.” Energy from Toxic Organic Waste for Heat and Power Generation, Nov. 2018, pp. 43–54. ResearchGate, doi:10.1016/b978-0-08-102528-4.00004-3.

Wheeler, Melissa. “The Future of Denim, Part #3: Waste Not; Water Not - Innovation.” Fashion Revolution, 12 July 2019, www.fashionrevolution.org/the-future-of-denim-part-3-waste-not-water-not-innovation/.

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