Why we’re here

Everyone owns a pair of jeans - they’re a wardrobe staple. But the untold story in the denim industry is that the very substance that gives jeans their iconic look, indigo, is polluting our planet.

Today, chemically synthesized indigo is the industry standard for dyeing jeans. It is made from petroleum, formaldehyde, and hydrogen cyanide. And because indigo isn’t water soluble, it requires the addition of corrosive reducing agents to be applied as dye. These toxic chemicals in the denim dyeing process are hazardous for workers and ruinous to water sources.

 

What we’re doing

For the last century, this problem has persisted as the status quo, untold and unresolved. Existing solutions are either unscalable or insufficient - until now. We at Tinctorium have discovered a way to harness the power of biotechnology to enable sustainable indigo production. We figured out how to mirror a natural plant process within microbes to produce colors using completely renewable sources. We’re the sustainable solution for the future, and we’re taking on the denim industry to bring you cleaner jeans.

 

Who we are

Michelle Zhu   Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Zhu

Chief Executive Officer

Tammy Hsu   Chief Scientific Officer

Tammy Hsu

Chief Scientific Officer

Adriano Goldschmied   Denim Innovation Advisor

Adriano Goldschmied

Denim Innovation Advisor

David Breslauer   Industry Advisor

David Breslauer

Industry Advisor

 

Our Affiliates

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