Raw materials from renewable origin
Our products are manufactered
from dye-plants grown in France by our own network of
farmers or purchased from selected suppliers for species
from mild regions.
Couleurs de Plantes does use about
20 different dye-plant species and does contribute to
the biodiversity preservation.
Plants grown in France
Plants are grown under contract
in France (Poitou-Charentes - Atlantic Coast - mainly,
Midi-Pyrenees - South West - for woad) from varieties
selected for their high content in coloring matters.
Our crops are managed under
specifications and respect the principles of sustainable
agriculture. Dry rough matters are stored and enter
into production upon request.
We keep a permanent storage
representing a potential of 250 Tons of final product
(dyed textiles, paints, cosmetics...).
Couleurs de Plantes has a
special partnership with CAPA (Coopérative Agricole
des Plaines d'Ariège), the company producing
the french indigo from woad.
(Rubia tinctorum L.)
of the most reputed Dye-Plant in the european history.
Madder roots provide the famous red known as "rouge
(Reseda luteola L.)
known in France as Gaude, our weld, selected
among 50 origins does provide reach yellow shades.
(Genista tinctoria L.)
intense golden yellow.
(Solidago canadensis L.)
an important source of yellow dye.
(Cosmos sulphureus Cav.)
species known from native american indians, selected
for its warm orange shades.
(Coreopsis tinctoria Nutt.)
source of nice orange and brown colors.
(Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)
species provides nice brown shades. It was selected
through an international agronomic partnership between
ARRDHOR and IRD.
(Isatis tinctoria L.)
traditional european indigo, that gave the name
of "pays de cocagne", near Toulouse. Produced
again by our partner CAPA.
Our first crops organically
grown were harvested in 2009.
We can supply weld (reseda), coreopsis and dyer's sorghum
from organic cultures.
Plants and processes certified organic.
Plants or natural dyes from
tropical regions are purchased from selected retailors
and complete our range of products : tropical indigos
from India or Central America, dye-wood extracts, tannins
or food colorants.
Imported dye-plants are checked
for the resource protection. For instance, we participate
to an international program for the preservation of
redwood pernambouc (brazilwood).
Quality - Tracking
All our rough matters are
first analyzed in our laboratory, receive a code number
and enter a quality, evaluation, control and tracking
system from field to batches.
Rough matters and products are regularly
controled during their storage.