We use non-toxic, plant based dyes as an alternative to synthetic dyes, we do this in part becuase our global environment has faced extensive pollution at the hands of synthetic dyes due to their toxic and non-biodegradable nature. This pollution has detrimentally impacted waterways, soil fertility, crop production, and human health across the globe, particularly in Asia and Southeast Asia (Carvalho and Santos, 2015) - Textile Dyes: Dyeing Process and Environmental Impact
Chief among synthetic dyes that pose the greatest risks are Azo Dyes, which make up more than half of the dyes utilized in textile dyeing.
“Azo dyes, which account for 60 to 70 percent of all dyes in the industry, are responsible for setting high intensity hues, poppy reds in particular. But when broken down and metabolized, they are a known carcinogenic. And even if it seems like the color of our clothes and cancer couldn’t be less related, azo and other chemicals don’t dissipate, but evaporate into the air we breathe or are absorbed through the skin. At best, contact with dyed synthetics triggers allergic reactions, skin irritation, and rashes. At worst, it increases the risk of cancer” (LaRosse, 2017) - To Dye For: Textile Processing’s Global Impact