A newly manufactured dye is all set to revolutionize the textile industry, and also change the views about a plant which usually has only negative connotations.
In the process of making tobacco for cigarettes' only the leaves are used. The remaining tobacco plant is normally discarded as waste. A new ground breaking technology uses tobacco plant as a renewable resource. Dyes extracted from the plant fibre are being used for creating hues on textiles which are not just cost effective but are also non-toxic.
Plant fibres have been used for making textiles from which a wide range of fabrics are manufactured. Various plants such as hemp, jute, ramie etc are used for extracting fibres and making textile. One plant which was not utilized in this way is the tobacco plant which belongs to the genus Nicotiana. Many species of tobacco plants fall within the category of genus Nicotiana which is generally referred to as tobacco plants. Tobacco plants are mainly grown for its leaves. Their leaves are used for smoking, snuff, and chewing. They are also used as organic pesticides and also in some medicines.
Fibres extracted from the tobacco plant are used for making dyes. A hot liquid solution is used on the tobacco plant causing a chemical reaction to produce the tobacco plant fibre. The equipment used for extracting this dye requires less water than the other conventional dyes. Percolating the hot solution on the tobacco plant produces steam, which is directed back to the treating system. The liquid that is collected inside the treating system, and the pulp produced inside the treating system is utilized as a natural dye for textiles.
It also does not require purifications of toxic water as is by the conventional dyeing processes. Tobacco plants are used in the application process which minimizes waste reduction. The process of dye extraction successfully provides around 30 vibrant shades.