According to the World Bank, the fashion industry uses up over 93 billion cubic meters of water (enough to meet the needs of five million people). Around 20% of the world's wastewater comes from fabric dying and treatment alone.
Besides our shoes*, all of Ink Blot's apparel is made with fabric dyed in California dye houses that use 7x less water than the average clothing manufacturer.
California has some of the most strict EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations, so by dyeing in California, we we are adhering to the highest level of environmental compliancy. Approximately three gallons of water are used per pound of fabric, whereas many other brands use anywhere from 9 to 20 gallons of water per pound of fabric. This is possible due to top-notch dyeing technology that uses a very low ratio of dye-to-water, which is monitored through a digital computer system. Other dye houses commonly mix manually, generally using extra dye and creating extra waste. Also, all dyes used in Ink Blot's fabric are bluesign® certified, guaranteeing that they are eco-friendly.
Once the dyeing process is complete, the water and dyes are separated. The water is recycled through an in-house filtration system and reused again, rather than being dumped into rivers or oceans. The dye waste is also burned at a high temperature in a self-contained environment, allowing for no smoke stacks nor pollution to be put into the air.