The dyeing industry is one of the largest water consumers in the world, using over 5 trillion litres per year along with petrochemical dyes and a host of toxic and highly polluting chemicals.
Up to 200,000 tonnes of dye are lost to effluents every year due to the inefficiency of industrial dyeing.
Textile dyeing pollution is more than simply dye and water. The industry uses up to 1.2 kilos of chemicals per kilo of fabric, only 50 grams of it being dye. Approximately 70 highly toxic chemicals are routinely used in textile processing, and around 30 are irretrievable.