Archroma, Ternua collaborate recycling nutshell waste into fashion

Archroma, Ternua collaborate on recycling nutshell waste into fashion

9:24 AM, 17th July 2018
Archroma, Ternua collaborate on recycling nutshell waste into fashion
With Nutcycle, outdoor brand Ternua partners with Archroma's EarthColors to create a capsule collection that reuses agricultural waste and applies it to garments, avoiding the use of artificial dyes.

REINACH, SWITZERLAND: Archroma has collaborated with Ternua, an outdoor brand with a strong connection to nature.

Ternua has partnered with Archroma, and its EarthColors patented technology, to create a capsule collection of recycled tee-shirts and sweatshirts, collecting, recycling and upcycling agricultural waste from the Basque region in Spain after food consumption.

Archroma’s award-winning EarthColors is a traceable concept of plant-based dyes, sourced from up to 100 percent renewable resources. Archroma developed EarthColors using non-edible waste products, from agriculture and herbal industries, to replace petroleum-derived raw materials; which are the conventional raw materials used to synthesize dyes currently. This gives brands an alternative when looking for more natural ways of dyeing garments.

The Nutcycle collection has attracted visitors’ attention at the recent Outdoor Show in Friedrichshafen, and it will be available in shops in February 2019.

Ternua’s vision was to collect walnut shells during the cider season when cider houses typically serve walnuts with cider. It is estimated that up to 55,000kg of walnuts are consumed in the Basque region’s cider houses. The collaboration with Archroma aimed at using walnut shells to make biomass-based dyes to colour Ternua’s garments.

The fabric, a blend of post-consumer recycled cotton and polyester, is dyed using the shells collected from four nearby cider houses and then converted into dyestuff by Archroma in its Barcelona facilities.

The project is supported by the Department of the Environment of the Gipuzkoa province government, and by the province’s National Cider Association.

“These are our most sustainable tee-shirts and sweatshirts we have made since our creation. Using recycled material is one step into creating recycled clothes with a soul. Colourants from nature, on the other hand, are quite the holy grail for conscious brands. We were so excited when we found an innovation partner like Archroma to help us convert humble natural biomass source into warm earthy colours,” said Edu Uribesalgo, group innovation and sustainability director at Ternua.

“With EarthColors, Archroma puts into action its commitment to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable because it’s our nature! We are proud that Ternua selected Archroma, confirming us as one of the most prominent innovation partners when it comes to supporting quality, creativity and sustainability for collections with a soul,” added Nuria Estape, director of marketing promotion, brand & performance textile specialities, Archroma.

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