Organic in nature, cotton plant material can be returned to the earth and will biodegrade. But scientists at Archroma Chemical have partnered with Cotton Incorporated to explore methods to extract a valuable resource from the plant material than can be used to create a bio-based dyestuff, suitable for dyeing cotton, and without harmful chemical waste during processing. Although processed with other chemicals during manufacturing, these bio-based dyes use less harmful chemicals and are overall more sustainable than traditional petrochemical based dyes.

Now, cotton can be dyed with cotton.