Why synthetic dye best stands for the immorality done to Nature?
Best choice to make Synthetic Dyes or Nature dye :
Synthetic dye; the term that in itself represents unnatural / Chemical substances, are that form of dyes, that brings out the worst possible circumstances when it comes to the healthy future of our Mother Earth.
These dyes, are formed by using many chemical / synthetic substances, to bring out the desired colours and not looking at their consequences during and at the end of the dyeing process. The products created through this method generates non-biodegradable wastes and extracts harmful, toxic and allergic chemicals, jeopardizing the life of the labors and also the stability of the consumers using it, as these chemicals have a high property of penetrating into the skin of the wearers, leading to many health hazards, also at the same time causing air and water pollution through the chemical wastes.
Chemical dye does not have its own mystic and aesthetic value, because unlike natural dye, synthetic dyes are formed with a desired image in mind, forming multiple similar pieces, and losing its beauty, also at the same time it overlooks the health and environment hazards, in the process.Whereas natural dyes bring out the best in the environment, through their structures and through their aesthetic essence, but it also possesses few drawbacks of its own.
These dyes are not easily available to produce and the colours formed by this natural process does not always catch the same shade as desired, though at the same time it also provides the fabrics and the garments a unique look, giving it a recognition of its own. and make you feel close to nature.
Natural dyes are derived from plants, animals, fruits, insects, minerals and other natural resources. That’s why natural dyes are usually perceived as harmless and safe for the environment. However, that’s not the case all the time.
Most natural dyes are safe and harmless. However, they can be toxic due to the mordant used for their application. Mordants are substances used to make the natural dye stick to fabrics such as aluminum, copper, iron and chrome.
More so, natural dyes are scarce and expensive, because producing it requires a vast area of land. Sustainability is also an issue because their pigment may wash off overtime.
By preferring natural dye over synthetic, the life-cycle of many can have a drastic and positive change in it, be it the labors working for it or the environment exposed to it. Natural dyes come with several benefits such as:
- UV protection
- Ayurvedic properties
- Non harmful and biodegradable waste
- Non allergic properties
Due to which synthetic dyes must be evaded and rather replaced with natural dyes, by both the creators and the consumers.
In terms of the future, we do believe that natural dyes are an economically and environmentally viable option for textile design. Natural dyes are vastly more beneficial for the environment when compared to synthetic dyes. Further more, natural dyes are economically beneficial to the country in terms of exporting them. Such an economic benefit, however, requires the textile industry to desire to purchase natural dyes, over the cheaper synthetic dyes. This option is not economically viable for the textile industry, which is why synthetic dyes are in more demand.
This is why for the most part many textile industries have shifted to chemical dyes. Still, however, natural dyes are still valued for their purity and are still used for food, drugs, and cosmetics that have human ingestion components. Textile industries need to recognize the benefits of natural dyes in terms of the environment and actively make choices in purchasing Eco friendly, non toxic natural dyes over chemically made synthetic dyes.
The best choice is perhaps not going for natural or synthetic dyes per Se, but going for products that have the least harmful impact on people and nature.
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