Anuradhi Liyanapathiranage

Did you know that the shirt you’re wearing right now took three years of drinking water (roughly 2,700 liters) to make?

Current textile dyeing and washing processes consume massive quantities of water and release large amounts of dye into the environment. Conventional dyeing methods also involve a dye bath that contains dissolved forms of reactive dye and dye auxiliaries.

However, this method does not ensure stable fixation of the dye, with approximately 20 to 30 percent rinsing off during the washing process. Unsurprisingly, this results in large amounts of contaminated water.

Anuradhi Liyanapathiranage, a doctoral student in the Department of Textiles, … read more