Nike goes water free at new facility
By Suzanne Stevens
Digital managing editor
Nike has installed technology at a new dyeing facility in Taipei that removes water from the dying process.
Nike has leveraged its investment in a Dutch startup to hang one of its newest facilities out to dry.
The footwear and apparel giant announced Tuesday that its just opened dyeing facility in Taipei features new equipment to eliminate the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing. Nike has named the sustainable innovation ColorDry.
“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," said Keunlin Ho, executive vice president of the Taipei facility Far Eastern New Century Corp., in a statement. "It’s also the most saturated, intense and consistent color we’ve seen.”
The technology comes from Dutch startup DyeCoo Textile Systems, which invented a process that replaces water with recyclable CO2, reduces energy usage and eliminates the need for some chemicals.
Nike invested an undisclosed amount in DyeCoo in 2012 with plans to help elevate the technology for use across a range of fabrics.
"We believe this technology has the potential to revolutionize textile manufacturing, and we want to collaborate with progressive dye houses, textile manufacturers and consumer apparel brands to scale this technology and push it throughout the industry,” Eric Sprunk, Nike’s chief operating officer, said at the time.
On average, it takes about 100 to 150 liters of water to process one kilogram of textiles and industry analysts estimate that more than 39 million tons of polyester will be dyed annually by 2015.
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