Made within the bounds of eco-friendly standards, sustainable farming practices, and the least amount of atmosphere-introduced toxins/chemicals (which could cause damage to the atmosphere), organic dyes go together with organic fabrics in helping reduce carbon footprints and/or chemical damage inflicted upon on Mother Nature.
Here are some of the most commonly used organic dyes (AKA natural dyes) used by many organic clothing brands and makers.
Hematine – derived from longwood (a base-type dye often referred to as “Natural Black”), hematine is generally used in dying natural fibers, particularly for silk-type fabrics. Used with different grades and hue tones available, it is popularly used for medical suture items, and is one of the most commonly encountered longwood-derived natural dyes.
Longwood – as a “base-type” natural dye, longwood is quite versatile, with colors and tones easy to mix and blend. By mixing and matching a specific mordant hue/tone, longwood dyes can be reddish in color (with a tin mordant mixed to suit tones), or blue-hued charcoal (with a chrome mordant mixed with it).
Perfect for natural fibers, longwood dyes very well with wool, silk and cotton.
Fustic – popularly known as Natural Yellow #11, fustic is also dubbed as the “for-leather use dye”, given its solid dyeing effects when used on leather.
It is also used in dyeing a variety of natural fibers, making it a versatile organic dye for organic clothing items.
Brazilwood – often used because of its ready-use with natural fibers and leather items, brazil wood produces shades of earth-tone red, with values easy to modify with the use of mordants.
Walnut Crystals – as its name would imply, walnut crystals are brown-toned natural dyes which is derived from peat. The dye can be used for natural fibers and for paper products as well. In fact, it is popularly used in dying paper to produce an “ancient parchment” or “aged letter” effect.
All natural dyes work with mordants in determining finished tone/color expectations. If your opted organic clothing brand uses any of the mentioned organic dyes, you can be well assured that your brand is the real deal, a brand that doesn’t renege on its eco-side advocacies.