We are currently in the process of transitioning to the solution dyeing method for as many of the fabrics used in our bicycle trailers and accessories as possible. This transition is benefiting not only the environment, but also you, the user – because fabrics that are dyed with this method keep their beautiful colours for much longer! On this page, we would like to tell you more about this dyeing method.
The textile industry has a major impact on the environment. The production and processing of raw fibres, along with the dyeing of the fabrics, are huge factors. In conventional dyeing methods, an entire roll of fabric is dyed in a large vat. Time, chemicals and a whole lot of energy are required to ensure that the dye can penetrate all layers uniformly and set properly.
In solution dyeing, the individual fibres are dyed before they are processed, which saves enormous quantities of water, energy and chemicals. In detail, this means roughly
67% less carbon emissions
72% less chemical oxygen
70% fewer chemicals
68% less electricity & energy
89% less water
We are very happy to have taken this step – and it’s only the beginning. Because not all of our products’ textile components are solution dyed – in some cases, we cannot meet the minimum purchase volumes for the fabric, and in other cases it is simply not (yet) technically feasible.
For those who need a more detailed description: With the conventional piece-dyeing method, the entire sheet of fabric is dyed, meaning that the dye is only deposited on the outside of the fibres and does not completely permeate them. This can lead to more rapid fading or bleaching, particularly after longer periods of use.
In solution-dyeing, the pigment is added to the liquid state of the fibre components, i.e. the fibres are produced with the desired colours. This technique prevents future bleaching and fading, ensuring that the fabrics will look fresh and new for a much longer period of time.
Solution dyeing not only uses much fewer natural resources, but also has another great benefit: It makes our fabrics significantly more resistant to fading, ensuring that they will keep their colour, or only start to lose their intensity after extremely intensive exposure to the sun’s rays for many consecutive years!
No need to worry – all of our products are tested for safety, going above and beyond the legal requirements! Including the textile components and accessories that are not, or not yet, solution dyed. You can find more information under Tests & Certificates!