Any leftover dye ends up coloring the waterway in which it is dumped.
The enormous amount of salt waste from dye baths, if not removed, kills off marine life.
Alkali from the dye bath throws off the pH balance of water creating an environment where life can no longer exist.
Bleach used to whiten and clean fabrics if released into bodies of water changes the oxygen balance. This is very harmful to living creatures.
Acids are used to counter the harmful effects of the alkali in the dyeing process. Excessive amounts of acids, if not neutralized, cause a low pH, which is detrimental to aquatic life.
Soap is used to scour and clean the cotton. This is very harmful when discharged into the environment.
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