As brands and yarn makers prefer sustainable solutions, the synthetic fiber sector is altering its practices to suit this need. In an interview with Fibre2Fashion, Mauro Dallavalle, senior marketing manager, fibers Global at Avient, explored these trends and Avient’s involvement in the shift.
“There is a general need among brand owners and yarn producers for sustainable solutions that can help them reduce their carbon footprint.” “Finding solutions to meet this growing demand is one of the main trend drivers in the specialized materials industry,” Dallavalle told F2F. He emphasized that one important strategy is to use more recycled materials in textiles, lowering reliance on fossil-based resources and the industry’s carbon impact.
Beyond recycling, Dallavalle says the industry should look into other ways to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, such as modifying how the yarn is colored. Bath dyeing practices today consume a lot of water and energy. Spin-dyeing or dope-dyeing, ideal for extruded synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon, is a more sustainable option.
Spin-dyeing, instead of bath-dyeing, incorporates color into the yarn manufacturing process, minimizing processing steps and energy usage. Furthermore, because this dry dyeing procedure employs concentrated colorant pellets, no water or effluent is generated.
“As a long-time provider of colorants for the spin-dyeing method, we see it as a good dyeing alternative for textile products that do not require frequent color changes,” Dallavalle noted brand colors, evergreens, and technical fabrics as appropriate uses.