Dyeing for Textiles: The impact textiles manufacturing has on livelihoods and the environment
Michelle Mia Malone
BA (Hons) Creative Enterprise and Design
Newcastle College University Centre
The textiles industry is under scrutiny due to the environmental impact manufacturing processes create. Research has shown throughout centuries, dyers and manufacturers have negatively contributed to current environmental disasters highlighted within industry reports.
This thesis aims to determine how the advent of synthetic dyes contributed to this fast-paced industry seen in the twenty-first century. It is essential to understand how the textile industry evolved and the resulting impact on livelihoods and the environment. Based on literature reviews focusing on eighteenth-century techniques combined with current affairs within the textile industry, an online survey was distributed to professional practitioners within the textile community. Individuals were asked if they were aware of natural alternatives for techniques and processes within the craft sector. An analysis of the responses demonstrates an increased awareness of eco-friendly products and an increased demand for a sustainable approach.
Further research is required to identify a sustainable alternative that is accessible to all social classes.
KEYWORDS: Eco-friendly, Natural dyeing, Synthetic dyes, Textiles.