Dyeing in the textile industry often leads to wastewater laden with toxins, pollutants, and color. Food-based fabric dyes offer a twofold benefit by avoiding chemical dyes and by creating a valuable resource out of food waste. Food Textile, a Toyoshima brand, produces fabrics and products by using dyes made from food scraps, ugly produce, and used coffee grounds that would otherwise be thrown away. It purchases food waste from 15 domestic food and beverage companies and farms and outsources the dyeing process. Food Textile has extracted 500 different colors from 50 food ingredients. It claims its dyes are at least 90% natural and that the fabrics have passed colorfastness tests. It can dye threads, fabrics, and finished products.
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