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Algae Biomass Blog

NATURAL DYES: THE PROMISING ALGAE-BASED SOLUTION

October, 18 / 2016

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a great feature on natural dyes. The article walks its readers through the history of artificial dyes and their fall from grace, diving into today‚Äôs quest for natural alternatives. After establishing their dominance in the early to mid 20th century, many studies since the 1950s have linked artificial dyes to everything from hyperactivity in children to distress and discomfort in adults. While they have not been banned in the U.S., public opinion has moved against them, and there has been a strong movement in recent years towards natural dyes.