Fashion

The Blue Lab

Blue Lab is an initiative of the NGO Drip by Drip to develop alternative textile solutions in collaboration with our expert partners, striving for the smallest possible water footprint.

So far we have developed five new fabrics that are extremely water efficient. All fabrics are biodegradable and not treated with any hazardous chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers. Blue Lab fabrics can be purchased directly from the manufacturer and 10% of their sales go to our wastewater projects in Bangladesh.

We are focusing on the following metrics:

  1. Water savings in the cultivation of raw materials.

  2. Water saved in dyeing process

  3. Percentage of water recycled

  4. Carbon footprint reduction of transport to production facility

 
 
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BLUE TERRY 652

Water consumption per kg: 652 liters
100% Modal French Terry

  • Beechwood, rainfed, origin: Central Europe, carbon neutral/closed-loop water system

  • Fiber: 472 L (according to Lenzing)

  • Fabric dyeing: 180 L

BLUE TERRY 443

Water consumption per kg: 443 liters
100% Tencel French Terry

  • Beech pulp, Eucalyptus, rainfed, origin: Europe, South Africa, North America/closed-loop water system  

  • Fiber: 263 L (according to Lenzing)

  • Fabric dyeing: 180 L

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BLUE TERRY 965

Water consumption per kg:  965 liters
80% Modal & 20% Hemp French Terry

  • Beechwood (carbon neutral, closed loop) & hemp, rainfed, origin: Central Europe

  • Modal Fiber: 401 L (according to Lenzing)

  • Hemp Fiber: 384 L (average water consumption of hemp)

  • Fabric dyeing: 180 L

BLUE RIB 652

Water consumption per kg: 652 liters
99% Modal, 1% Elastane (ROICA™ V550) Ri

  • Beechwood, rainfed, origin: Central Europe, carbon neutral/closed-loop water system

  • Fiber: 472 L (according to Lenzing)

  • Fabric dyeing: 180 L

BLUE RIB 965

Water consumption per kg:  965 liters
85% Modal & 15% Hemp Rib

  • Beechwood (carbon neutral, closed loop) & hemp, rainfed, origin: Central Europe

  • Modal Fiber: 401 L (according to Lenzing)

  • Hemp Fiber: 384 L (average water consumption of hemp)

  • Fabric dyeing: 180 L

To compare: The amount of water needed to produce 1 kg of conventional cotton fabric ranges from 7,000 to 29,000 liters per kg [5]. In other words, our fabrics represent water savings of up to 90%.

 
 

If you are interested in our fabrics, in co-producing additional alternatives or become a official Brand Partner, please

 
 

INDUSTRY

Waste Water Projects

In order to sustainably change the industry we will engage in waste water management projects in countries that suffer from decreasing clean water resources. In the beginning we are funding projects in countries such as Bangladesh. Our mid-term goal is to develop tailor-made solutions, that are easily and cost-effectively integrated into factories to enable them to release the water back into the natural water cycle, hence the environment.

It is estimated that well over 80 per cent of wastewater worldwide (over 95 per cent in some developing countries) is released into the environment without treatment. The consequences are alarming. Water pollution is worsening in most rivers across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In 2012, over 800,000 deaths worldwide were caused by contaminated drinking water, inadequate handwashing facilities and inappropriate sanitation services.

 
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Education

Spread the Word

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We host the first event bringing together fashion, textile and water experts – FASHION FOR WATER.

Every year on World Water Day, march 22nd, we spread the word about the linkage between our fashion consumption and the growing water crises in textile producing countries.

Our goal is to be a networking platform for professionals and to get as much information out to the consumers as possible.

Also we have developed the first digital Water Playbook to spread the word even wider.