Scientists Grow Colored Cotton – Reducing Need for Dyes

August 4, 2020 by No Comments

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