Photo courtesy of Tejidos Royo.

Tejidos Royo, a Spanish fabric manufacturer, said that it has created a 100 percent sustainable waterless yarn dyed indigo called “Dry Indigo.” The new technology launched last week at Kingpins Amsterdam.

The company said the new technology — which uses foam to dye yarn, in lieu of water — took 10 years of research and development to create in partnership with Gaston and IMD. Dry Indigo has 100 percent biodegradable color; saves 65 percent of water throughout the entire dyeing process; reduces the use of energy and increases color transfer, as well as contributes to savings in chemical and mechanical processes during garment washing.

Tejidos Royo was the first textile company in Europe to use low-impact raw materials such as post-consumer, pre-consumer, Tencel and organic origin fibers for its own fabrics. The company has manufactured fabrics for over 100 years, in more than 30 countries.

Photograph courtesy of Tejidos Royo. 

As a modern heritage brand, the company is focused on advancing material sciences and says it has employed “360-degree sustainability throughout its entire supply chain,” which includes the protection of human rights.

Jose Royo, a sales director at Tejidos Royo, said that “The change has [had] such magnitude, [and] it will change and redefine the way we’ve understood indigo dyeing until now.” Royo added, “There will not be a need for large infrastructures anymore. From now on, Indigo dye is not longer a ‘water intensive’ industry. Hard to believe but, in less than 20 meters, the yarn will be dyed, translating into flexibility for our customers, energy costs savings and water savings.”

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