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Are Low-Impact Dyes a Good Choice?

The thing about choices is they are subjective. People use different criteria to make the best choice for them. Here are some facts about low-impact dyes that can help you answer the question of whether low-impact dyes are a good choice for you.

Low-impact dyes are synthetic. That fact alone is enough for some people to reject them as a good choice. But that may be a narrow focus for making a decision. Let’s look at some of the positive attributes of low-impact dyes compared to natural dyes.

Toxic chemicals are not used when making low-impact dyes. Natural dyes are most often made from vegetables. Unless these vegetables come from an organic source, they were most likely raised using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Both of these chemicals are known to be harmful to our environment.

Low-impact dyes do not usually require mordants. The addition of mordants allows the fabric to absorb the dye. Typically mordants are heavy metals and are most often toxic to the environment.

It takes a much larger volume of natural dye when compared to the volume of low-impact dye needed. This directly relates to the amount of water used in the dying process. Natural dyes require a much larger volume of water. And because low-impact dyes are more expensive to produce, they are recaptured and reused rather than flushed out with the rinse water.

Natural dyes tend to fade faster than low-impact dyes.

Natural dyes require a heating temperature three times as high as low-impact dyes. This means low-impact dyes use less energy during the dying process.

Most environmentalists consider low-impact dyes a more eco friendly choice when looking at the big picture.