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Engineer and Stony Creek founder Sarah Bellos (Image courtesy Huffington Post/screen capture)

Textile Dye Company Partners with Tobacco Farmers for Garment Dyes


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stony Creek Colors pairs up with Southeastern tobacco farmers to grow plants for textile dyeing. A recent report in the Huffington Post profiles the Nashville company and the farmers involved in the initiative.

Established in 2012 by Sarah Bellos, Stony Creek Colors works with farmers, chemists, mills, and apparel brands to develop “bio-based” textile dyes. Through their innovations, the company aims to produce less harmful and more sustainable products to dye garments than the caustic ones traditionally found in a large portion of manufactured apparel.

In their newest initiative discussed in the Huffington Post, the organization works with local tobacco farmers in Roberson County, Tennessee to transition from farming the region’s traditional crop, tobacco, to Indigo. Originally used as a product to dye garments like blue jeans, the hearty plant has largely been replaced by synthetic compounds. With the switch to a more organic dye, the harvest of Indigo also brings the product back to American soil, since most synthetic Indigo is largely made in China. In a video featured in the report, multiple farmers as well as Bellos explain the ideal timing for an organic, domestically-made product.
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An Indigo field in Tennessee. (Image courtesy Huffington Post/screen capture) 

While the project is currently focused on small-to-mid-sized growers, the report says Stony Creek projects an expansion of its acreage of Indigo from roughly 150 acres to more than 1,000 acres in 2018. 

To see the full video and report, visit http://bit.ly/2Dp1BZ1.