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On Zero Waste Dye
As a slow fashion brand, at Miranda Bennett Studio we strive to innovate unique partnerships that will expand upon our zero waste mission. Berdoll, a family owned Sawmill in the Texas Hill Country, is one such partner. They generously let  us know when they complete a project with Pecan wood so we can visit their facility and collect fresh, fluffy shavings for use in our dye vats. Utilizing these wood shavings allows us to honor the life of the Pecan trees, as their warm wash of blush on our textiles becomes a living tribute to their splendor.
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From an environmental and health perspective, the use of this plant product to tint our collection also translates to multiple benefits. These benefits include: less pollution in waterways due to conventional dyes, a significant reduction in carbon emissions as we avoid the dispatch of yards of fabric from mill to industrial dye facilities to our in-house production team. By simply avoiding that step, our carbon footprint is lightened through a reduction in water & electrical usage, fuel, and packaging (we are working on gathering firm metrics here -- stay tuned!). Additionally, we also avoid the human risk of exposure to the carcinogenic chemicals that are present in certain conventional dyes (LellisFávaro-PolonioPamphilePolonio (2019) Effects of textile dyes on health and the environment and bioremediation potential of living organisms). The presence of these carcinogens is made all the more dire by the repeated close contact to skin that we experience with clothing.
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This past Friday, our CEO, Miranda, visited Berdoll to make a collection for upcoming dye lots of Pecan dyed textiles for our apparel and accessory collection. Scroll on to see a few examples and behind the scenes incorporating the product of this special, local, dye-stuff or click here for this special collection. 
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a patchwork table runner, gathered in natural light on a table top.
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A close up photo of pecan wood shavings at Berdoll Sawmill
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Pecan wood shavings being gathered into pouches so we can steep them in water to create our natural dye baths
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a Pale Pink Silk Scrunchie
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The inside of a pecan wood shaving bundle before it goes into a dye bath
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A black tarp on the ground with gathered pecan wood shavings

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