Scientists Grow Colored Cotton – Reducing Need for Dyes
Good news! Scientists at The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s government agency responsible for scientific research, have developed a way to naturally grow colored cotton. Colleen MacMillan leads a team of scientists that inserted specific genes into the cotton plants genome in an effort to produce more sustainable and less dye-dependent cotton fabrics.
At the moment, the scientists have colored cotton tissue that should grow into a cotton plant representing their corresponding colors. It will be a few months before we know how successful the experiment is, but the implications for the sustainable clothing industry are vast. Cotton itself is a relatively sustainable and recyclable product, but the dyes used to color the fabric can contain harmful chemicals that can lead to significant textile waste. This could be a great step towards more sustainability in the fashion industry and less reliance on synthetic fabrics.
Source: ABC Story