A COLOR FROM OUR NATURE
A project that reuses agricultural waste and applies it to garments as a natural dye, also avoiding the use of artificial dyes.
It is a project in which we are working together with the Environment Department of the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council and the association of cider houses of Gipuzkoa and Archroma.
As a brand from the Basque Country, Ternua is very influenced by its culture. Here gastronomy is very important, and it is common for important decisions to be made around the table. The cider houses, for example, are typical Basque restaurants that are visited by some 20,000 people every year. The customary dessert in a cider house is alnuts, and up to 55,000 kilos of walnuts are consumed each season.
Once we knew that organic waste could be used for the creation of natural dyes, it occurred to us to use the waste from the walnuts consumed at the cider houses to create dyes for our garments.
· Biosynthetic dyes with complete traceability, derived from agricultural waste and natural herbs.
· With Archroma, our production is clean and environmentally friendly.
· It contributes to the circular economy.
· The use of raw materials from natural waste has no negative impact on other facets of dye manufacturing.
This is the most sustainable garment we have manufactured in the history of our company. The fabric is made of blended recycled cotton (from products that have been recycled at the end of their useful life) and recycled polyester (from waste PET bottles). To dye the product, non-edible agricultural waste (walnut shells) has been used. To do this, we have formed a partnership with Archroma and the Gipuzkoa Association of Cider Houses. Walnut shells are the only waste that cider houses generate each season. We collected the walnut shells from four cider houses and, after crushing them, we sent them to the Archroma facilities in Barcelona, where they have been transformed into a dye that we can use in our products. Following this, the manufacture of the fabric and sweatshirts and the dyeing process are carried out in Portugal.
“The same features as synthetic dyes”
Archroma Promotional Director
“We are seeing how social awareness and responsibility for the environment positively affect this type of initiative”
Jose Ignacio Asensio
Representative of environmental and hydraulic works
“With this type of action we make people aware of how to recycle correctly, achieving benefits for everyone”
Aburuza Cider House