Learn more about natural dyes! Good for health and the environment!

The colors are responsible to enhance beauty on products and make them even more attractive. Synthetic dyes are employed for that purpose, but they are being replaced by natural dyes, both in food and cosmetics, not harmful to health, nor the environment. Read more.

Anything which is more colorful catch your eyes at a first glance! 

There are different types of dyes. Most of them are specific for food and cosmetics. Synthetic or artificial dyes are not good for health neither the environment. On the other hand, natural dyes are the best choice to do good for both health and the environment.

The most popular dye color is red. Beet and raspberry are the main ingredients to produce that color. The difference between them is the tone of each color. When a dye is from beet it turns the pink color, while the raspberry produces a garish red.

Recipes for producing dyes:

Red dye


  1. Make the juice (in a mixer or blender)
  2. Cook on low heat
  3. Let the juice reduce by half to be well concentrated
  4. Your beet dye is ready.


  1. Make the juice (in a mixer or blender)
  2. Use a very fine sieve to remove the seeds

Purple dye

Purple cabbage

  1. Cut the cabbage into small slices
  2. Put everything in a pot, with water
  3. Cook on medium heat until boiling and the water is purple
  4. Strain the left liquid

Blue dye

Purple cabbage

  1. After making the purple dye, add 1/2 spoon (coffee) of baking soda
  2. Mix everything and voila, we have the rarest of dyes!

Green dye


  1. Make the juice (in a mixer or blender), with 1/2 cup (tea) of water
  2. Strain everything and comes to the green dye, much used to leave broccoli rice whiting, to give color to spinach pancake dough and to be used in sweet recipes (don't worry, it won't leave taste

    "Dyes are substances that alter or intensify the colors of foods to improve their appearance and their acceptance to consumers. An orange-flavored soda without the dye would look like sparkling water, making it difficult to be accepted, because first of all, 'we eat with the eyes'," said Fernando Giannini, a chemical engineer specializing in dyes at mix Indústria de Produtos Alimentos, from São Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    The cosmetics industry start using natural dyes such as dyes made from beets!

    Beet dye is far the best alternative in the manufacture of lipsticks!

    Lipstick is the most used makeup item by women around the world. It is made from the dispersion of substances, composed from a mixture of oils, waxes, and greases substances, used for coloring and to enhance the brightness of the lips, masking imperfections, if any, of course.

    Due to its purplish-red coloration, due to the presence of betalain pigments, being water-soluble, beet dye has been highly used in the manufacture of lipsticks and other products.

    The replacement of synthetic dyes by the dye extracted from beetroot for application, mainly in lipstick, is the ideal to perform a good fixation for a longer period. Much better than if it were synthetic ones.

    It is still risky for human health the manufacture of other cosmetics such as sunscreens, emollients, moisturizers, and collagen because these products employ heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, among others, which may offer risks of cancer and neurotoxicities.

    Natural dyes are the best choice for the health and environment!

    Synthetic dyes are hazardous, primarily, in the stage of their synthesis and dyeing, causing water pollution!

    Besides low cost and hence offering lower risk, natural dyes are treated by biodegradable processes. Therefore, they are gradually dominating the cosmetics industry.

    The replacement by natural dyes, both in the food market and in the beauty market, will be beneficial for people and for nature!

    Greenco's tees are made with natural dyes. So they are natural and colorful. Check it out!