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« on: April 03, 2013 01:02:51 PM »

Hi everybody,

A friend and I have been making bags, totes, clutches, and laptop sleeves for some time now and it just occurred to us to turn to the internet for help.

We're very big on eco-friendly, and with our bags, we use 100% organic cotton rope.  One of the only complaints we get is that the rope is white, and so it's bound to end up dirty and off-colored.  I was wondering if you all had suggestions:

1) for what color we should change the rope to, and

2) an eco-friendly dye we can use that won't fade or run

Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you!

-Jordan
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013 04:35:26 AM »

Looks like a low-impact dye is your best bet: "fiber reactive dye", found lots of options on Google. More info:

http://www.natural-environment.com/blog/2008/04/01/healthy-eco-friendly-clothes-dyes/
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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013 12:08:02 PM »

Thanks for the tip!  I guess we'll experiment with a couple of these and see what comes up.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013 11:10:40 AM »

What about natural dyes? Many plant based dyes will set with alum as a mordant, which is available in the spice section of grocery stores. You could go as simple as coffee, or as fancy as collecting, drying and whipping up liqueurs of wild plants such as burdock root or oak leaves. I think it's Dharma Trading that carries concentrated plant dye powders... Aha, they do indeed. I would go with dyes that work well with alum, or iron, as the other mordants are generally quite toxic.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013 09:31:33 AM »

Natural dyes are great if you want to accept they will fade a lot quicker than something more robust. More importantly, getting your customers to understand and accept it.
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