Scientists to develop non-polluting fabric dyes inspired by Peacock feathers The beauty of peacocks, with their dazzling multi-coloured feathers...

Scientists to develop non-polluting fabric dyes inspired by Peacock feathers The beauty of peacocks, with their dazzling multi-coloured feathers, has always provided inspiration to poets and artists in their creative work. Now, peacock feathers have inspired a team of Chinese scientists to develop a new way to colour fabrics without the use of traditional dyes that enter streams and rivers, causing environmental pollution. An added advantage: these colours don’t fade easily. The non-polluting greener method to colour textiles using “3-dimensional colloidal crystals” has been described by Bingtao Tang and colleagues at China’s Dalian University of Technology in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Applied Materials & Interfaces.   http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/peacock-feathers-have-inspired-a-team-of-chinese-scientists-to-develop-a-new-way-to-colour-fabrics-without-the-use-of-traditional-dyes-that-enter-streams-and-rivers-causing-environmental-pollution-361073.html