College of Arts and Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Primary Subject Area
Dye, textile, effluent, waste, environment
Goetz, Charity, "Textile Dyes: Techniques and their Effects on the Environment with a Recommendation for Dyers Concerning the Green Effect" (2008). Senior Honors Theses. 51.
Abstract This thesis examines different classes of dyes, the processes they require, their use on different textiles, and their potential effects on the environment. Additionally, experiments with natural dyes were conducted and documented. Natural berries, roots, and other dyestuffs were collected and used to dye both natural and synthetic textiles. Through research and experimentation, the different types of dyes and techniques were compared and contrasted. Each type of dye has benefits and disadvantages. Every system of dyeing produces waste along with the finished product. Current government standards regarding textile waste are discussed as well as ways to reduce costs while adhering to these standards.