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Archroma & Cotton Incorporated renew focus on cotton circular innovation


Archroma, a pioneer in sustainable specialty chemicals, and Cotton Incorporated, a key player in cotton research and promotion, have extended their partnership for another eight years. The collaboration, initiated in 2016, aims to expedite the transition towards a more sustainable circular economy.

Originating from the United States, the world's third-largest cotton producer and foremost exporter, sustainable cotton fiber serves various industries, alongside byproducts like burs and stems. Recognizing the untapped potential of these byproducts, Cotton Incorporated approached Archroma to develop dyes derived from them.

Leveraging Archroma's century-long expertise in sulfur dye innovation, the research team utilized their EarthColors technology to produce Diresul Earth-Cotton from U.S. cotton byproducts. This innovative dye, an eco-friendly alternative to conventional oil-based dyes, enables brands to offer textiles in warm, natural hues, utilizing cotton for both fabric and dye production.

Mary Ankeny, Vice President of Product Development at Cotton Incorporated, emphasized the commitment to advancing circularity through innovative collaborations like this. Umberto De Vita, Market Segment Director for Denim at Archroma, echoed the sentiment, highlighting the partnership's role in propelling the textile industry towards sustainability.

The renewal of this collaboration underscores the pivotal role of synergy between industry leaders in driving sustainable innovation across the textile value chain.



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