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our story

 
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Green Matters Natural Dye Company started with a 3 gallon stock pot and an idea between co-founders Tyler Stoltzfus and Winona Quigley. Winona was incorporating natural dyes in her thesis research at Parsons The New School for Design, while Tyler was brainstorming business ideas for the annual business competition held at Temple University. The conversation began, and the idea took root. After a year of hard work, Green Matters went on to win first place in the social track for Temple’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl.

Shortly after, Winona and Tyler formalized Green Matters Natural Dye Company as an operating business in Lancaster County, PA. A shared interest in helping the planet developed into a broad understanding of the impact the textile industry has on the planet, and a desire to create change. After years of natural dye development in the form of kettle dyeing, 2018 brought new and excited developments for our production system. We now operate using 3 industrial paddle dye machines that have been customized for plant based dye. These dye machines allow for more consistency and larger dye lots.

Green Matters Natural Dye Company aims to bring pollution free color to the textile industry by using all natural dye ingredients. The use of synthetic dye materials is completely eliminated in the process. The excess natural dye material can be used as a natural fertilizer and reintroduced back into soil completing the sustainability cycle.

The idea continues to grow and is taking a life of its own. We are striving to bring about a new awareness. We want help educate consumers about the many benefits of natural dye, while working with businesses to develop unique naturally dyed color palettes for their products. By eliminating harmful chemicals in the production of textiles, Green Matters is contributing to the health of our waterways and planet making for a better tomorrow.

 

 
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Meet the Team

 
 
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Tyler Stoltzfus

Co Founder & CEO

Tyler is a visionary, problem solver and not afraid to get his hands dirty. He received his undergraduate from Temple University in Entrepreneurship where he excelled in his program winning 1st place in two annual business competitions using the idea of Green Matters. Ultimately, Tyler wants to make the world a better place then what he found it.

 

 
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Winona Quigley

Co Founder & CTO

Winona Quigley is a dyer, designer and photographer who grew up in Lancaster County. She has a degree in Fashion Design from Parsons the New School for Design. After 3 years of working for various luxury fashion houses in New York City, Winona found her career in harvesting color and researching sustainable systems. Having produced her own line of naturally dyed, zero waste, luxury knitwear, she has a broad understanding of fashion and product manufacturing. She loves gardening, especially growing dye plants. 

 

 

Madelyn Snow 

Production Assistant 

Madelyn earned her BFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. Based in Philadelphia, PA she spends her time developing and honing skills as a textile artist, print maker, shop technician, nature enthusiast, illustrator and designer. Madelyn has a passion to develop emergent work combatting environmental degradation and assisting in creating sustainable paths in production.

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