Rising Demand for Environmentally Friendly Dyestuff to Shape Black Color Dyestuff Market for Textiles

The global black color dyestuff market for textile fibers is expected to expand at an 8.0% CAGR between 2014 and 2020. The market, which amounted to US$1.10 bn in terms of value and 416.0 kilo tons in terms of production volume in 2013, is predicted to reach US$1.88 bn by 2020. The swift growth of the global apparel industry, coupled with the enormous amount of research studies aimed at devising environmentally safe dyestuff materials, is the key force driving the global black dyestuff for textile market.

How chemical dyestuff became popular
The art of dyeing textiles is almost as old as human civilization. Remnants of dyed textiles found in a number of archeological excavations across distant corners of the globe prove the existence of dyeing practices in ancient civilizations. Earlier civilizations made use of a variety of naturally occurring substances of plant, animal, microbial, and mineral origin for formulating dyes with little or no processing. A variety of natural dyeing techniques emerged and dominated the textiles dyeing market until the nineteenth century. By the turn of the 20th century, the textile industry had gotten its first synthetic organic dye, mauveine, and a world of longer lasting and more diverse dyes with comparatively better physical properties than natural dyes came into being.

As the textile chemical industry focused more and more of its resources on formulating innovative products and processes, chemical dyes underwent a phenomenal improvement in their quality and composition. Unfortunately, very little attention was paid to the consequences resulting from the introduction of newer chemicals on the ecological balance of the environment. Soon, the rising consumption of a variety of chemical dyes in textiles made this highly water-intensive industry a major source of water pollution. A variety of chemicals are used during the production and processing of chemical dyeing. Even when a textile reaches the end of its life, the chemicals in dyes are more or less in their active state, and continue to have an effect on the environment.

The Need to Shift Back to Roots
It took the world an enormous amount of time, a lot of observation, and many negative effects before it realized the consequences of dumping chemical effluents in nature and how it had slowly started disturbing the ecological balance. Chemical dyes today form a vast portion of all the chemical effluents released into nature. So much so that the dyestuff industry and its development have a huge influence on the overall growth prospects of the global chemical industry.

In recent years, the realization of the fact that chemical dyes constitute a major source of water and other forms of environmental pollution, and thus awareness of the need for controlling their widespread use by seeking better alternatives, has led governments to ramp up their efforts at controlling the type and extent of chemicals that are passed on into the environment. Many regulations are being drawn up and the legislations pertaining to these matters are being tightened the world over.

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Efforts at Increasing Production and Adoption of Natural Dyes are Rising
As a result, efforts are being made by major dyestuff producers at introducing environmentally friendly varieties of dyestuff products. Natural dyes are eco-friendly owing to their renewable and biodegradable nature and are also skin-friendly owing to the absence of chemicals. Thus, natural dyes are much sought after these days, not only by environmentalists but also the conscious consumers of today. Capable of being used for dyeing all kinds of natural fibers, research efforts are allowing natural dyes to be made suitable for dyeing some synthetic fibers as well.

The development of a variety of natural and other environmentally friendly dyes is important in today’s world. A niche market for textiles colored with natural dyes may only form about 1-2% of the total dyed textiles market in the current scenario. Nevertheless, rising demand from environmentally conscious consumers has the potential of propelling the global natural dyes for textiles market rapidly in the near future.


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