Gamechanger in the World of Textile Dye

The textile dye industry is the second largest polluter of drinking water. The chemicals used during the dye process of (synthetic) textile materials, are usually drained in open waters. However, the textile industry is at work changing that by creating the world’s first waterless and non-chemical textile dye plant. With this they take a leap forward in making the process more sustainable.


Dutch company CleanDye has developed the world’s first machines for textile dyeing that do not use water or chemicals in the textile dye process. Instead of using water as a detergent for their coloring system, they use CO2. These machines are currently in large-scale commercial use in Taiwan and Thailand, and are considered as the new standard in the textile dye industry.

Chain collaboration

Developing a sustainable, green industry is a multi-party project. CleanDye collaborates with partners who share their environmental values regarding textile production, pretreatment of textile and clothing manufacturing. CleanDye also asks that these companies work in accordance with internationally recognised social standards. CleanDye’s aim  is to collaborate with large European retailers who sell affordable clothing and sporting apparel.

Vietnam as a primary location for textile industry

With the anticipated signing of the free-trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam his year, it is expected that the EU import duties for textile and clothing will decrease significantly. This will result in foreign investments expansion in Vietnam. The combination of the predicted export growth, competitively priced labor force and high quality (polyester) textile, make Vietnam the preferred  location for the textile industry.

Opening during economic mission

The CleanDye plant was opened this year in April. The opening ceremony was conducted by the Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen; CleanDye founders Patrick Lohle, Olaf Lohle and Jeannine Butzelaar, and Dutch consul Carel Richter (Dutch consulate-general Ho chi Minh City).

Vietnam’s down-to-earth way of doing business– focused on collaboration and partnerships – fits perfectly with the Dutch business model, its knowledge institutions and investors. Additionally, Vietnam’s economic development, young population, political stability and unique position in the region, makes the country attractive for investment and doing business.

Expansion through DGGF

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) co-financed the development of the CleanDye plant. The Dutch government stimulates businesses in sharing their knowledge and skills to developing countries. DGGF makes it possible for Dutch entrepreneurs to do business in developing countries and growing markets through financing and credit risk insurance.

Vietnam is one of the countries that eligible for the DGGF scheme for Dutch entrepreneurs. Visit the DGGF site for more information about other developing countries also eligible for the scheme, and information concerning the fund itself.