Our Green Dye process
We take our impact on the planet seriously. We gather rainwater in a 60,000 gallon cistern underneath our studio to be used in production. Using rainwater allows us to naturally remove impurities from the water that could impact a color outcome on fiber. After the dye is exhausted, it still contains the dye mordants and organic plant matter, both of which are compostable.
Above: Dye plants growing trials that act as a natural insect repellant for the other produce in the greenhouse.
Working in an agricultural hub like Lancaster County has allowed us to develop our business around the sustainable farming community. We are collaborating with farmers in Lancaster to use our waste in responsible ways, and researching the benefits of using our exhausted baths as organic fertilizer. The plant material cooked down into dye is strained out before we add fiber, and composted and used on local farm land.
Green Matters is located on a sustainable Amish farm. We have had the opportunity to use an aeroponics greenhouse to conduct growing trials on dye plants. This allows us to have a better understanding of the resources required to produce botanical dye, document controlled application of dye waste as organic fertilizer, as well as source some of our dye plants locally.
Connecting with other domestic production facilities and becoming a part of the local fibershed has been at the core of our company since we started. Working as a dye house in the greater NYC area allows us be a part of manufacturing products that are sourced and produced within a 150 mile radius, making us a part of the Made In New York movement. By producing locally, companies can cut down on their carbon footprint, especially by reducing air-miles. We have worked with production facilities all over the North America, and love a clothing label that says ‘Made in the USA’. Why? If it’s made in the USA, it protects American jobs and the environment.