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Archroma & Cotton Inc. renew collaboration to promote cotton circularity

Archroma, a leader in sustainable specialty chemicals, and Cotton Incorporated, the research and development arm of the cotton industry, have renewed their eight-year partnership to accelerate the shift towards a circular economy in cotton production.

The collaboration began in 2016 with a shared goal of developing dyes from cotton byproducts. Cotton production in the US, the world’s third-largest producer, generates not only cotton fiber but also cottonseed for food and animal feed. Additionally, cotton processing creates byproducts like burs, stems, and leaves that are used in various applications. Cotton Incorporated saw the potential to utilize these byproducts for creating dyes.

Leveraging their expertise in sulfur dyes, Archroma’s research team developed DIRESUL® Earth-Cotton, a dye made from US cotton byproducts using their patented EarthColors® technology. This sustainable alternative to traditional oil-based dyes allows brands to offer textiles in natural shades while keeping the entire cotton lifecycle within a circular economy.

“Cotton’s versatility allows for near-complete utilization of the plant,” said Mary Ankeny, Vice President of Product Development and Implementation Operations for Cotton Incorporated. “We are committed to working with innovators like Archroma to develop new methods for achieving circularity in cotton production.”

“The creation of DIRESUL® Earth-Cotton exemplifies how sustainability can drive innovation that benefits the entire textile chain,” said Umberto De Vita, Market Segment Director for Denim at Archroma Textile Effects. “We are excited to continue collaborating with Cotton Incorporated as a valued partner in leading the textile industry towards a more sustainable future.”

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