Designer Resources

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The majority of our garments are produced in developing countries with very little regulation, making it easy for companies to slide under the radar. While these 30 companies are by no means perfect, they are making an effort to improve their environmental impact.  

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TED’s 10

material selection & processes to reduce environmental impacts

“One cupful of pesticides and fertilisers are used in the production of the average t-shirt” (Observer, 2005)


  • Seek organically produced materials

  • Use mechanical technology to create non-chemical decorative surface pattern

  • Create effects to replace materials and processes known to be harmful






natural dyeing: services, brands, sourcing & resources

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Independent Organizations & Leaders in Utilizing Natural Dyes -Textil rt enter- ewing Seeds Program- The first Natural Dye CSA in the United States and Brooklyn based natural dye education program -Michel arcia- eading Expert in Natural Dyes. In 1998 he formed the Association Couleur Garance and hoped to connect young ecologically sensitive artists with the substantial experience of an older generation of dyers. (website under construction as of May 2017) His DVD’s are very worthwhile for the natural dyer interested in sustainable methods using less water, energy and only natural non toxic materials hods.html -and -Ston ree olors- arge scale american grown natural dye stuffs purchase American Grown dyes- -Rebecc urgess- ounder of the Fibershed Movement & author of Harvesting Color -Fibershed- seeds, dyeplant CSA and a wonderful wealth of research on dyes and sustainable local fiber INDIGO REPORT 2017- Sources, Process & Possibilities for Bioregional Blue -Sash uerr- (author of Natural Color) Groundbreaking work in phytoremediating dye plants. Soil phytoremediation relies on the plant’s ability to draw material out of the soil through their roots and up into their stalks, leaves and flowers. Some plants are particularly adept at leeching heavy metals from soil and water. Some dye plants will change color, or become more light or wash fast depending on heavy metals added to the dye bath. Advancing the research of phytoremediating dye plants may create the ability to transition toxic soil while allowing for cleaner land to grow edible and medicinal plants. -Indi lint- traveling educator & pioneer in the bundle dyeing/eco printing technique (author of Eco Colour) - er o eepin arm- ristine Vejar (author of The Modern Natural Dyer) -Blu lchem il- amazing film on indigo history and production throughout the world -Urba yer’ lmana- -N extil ab- ttp:// Indigo Growing in Upstate NY at Common Ground Farm offering workshops using local indigo -Plant eopl erdan olor -Lan lanta ttp:// -Fibershe reshoring of fiber growing, processing & community around sustainability/ fibers/dyes -Turke e ournal- journal dedicated to natural dyes -FI tuden y arden