Material Science Company Launches Bio-Based Dye Technology
When it comes to casual wear, only a handful of brands are as prolific as Pangaia. By designing products with smart technology and recyclable elements, the company for the first time introduced biologically-based dyeing technology into its garments.
Powered by Colorifix, Pangaia recently announced its latest collection, which features two limited edition tracksuits dyed in blue and pink pigments. These pigments have remarkable origin histories; one of which is produced by ancient bacteria in and around colored geysers, and the other is found in the waste from silk production. Pigments inspired the design of the limited edition graphic tracksuit.
Colorifix used specific DNA sequence data to find the genetic code for each natural pigment. Through synthetic biology, the technology builds and inserts the DNA code into a microbe, which produces the pigment and transfers the required color to the tissue. Colorifix transforms natural pigments into colored dyes without petrochemicals or hazardous substances, otherwise used for conventional dyeing, such as in cotton products. It reduces water consumption by at least 49%, electricity by 35% and CO2 emissions by 31%. The company aims to promote the use of climate-friendly materials, demonstrating the power of responsible manufacturing.
“Pangaia is committed to using the most advanced technologies that work to augment natural processes and Colorifix’s cutting-edge approach manifests the true potential of biotechnology to bring positive change to the fashion industry. Harnessing the power of microorganisms to create a natural dye is just the start of how biofabrication can fundamentally transform manufacturing, ”said Dr Amanda Parkes, chief innovation officer for the company.
The company’s slogan – “Designing a positive future for the Earth togetherSums up his ideals quite well. The Pangaia Lab x Colorifix range will be the second capsule to come out of the lab. This new platform particularly intends to focus on identifying and supporting breakthrough innovations and technologies in the materials science industry with the aim of discovering and tracking lab-tested firsts.