Papua Merbau Wood Waste Potentially Becomes Natural Dyes – More than 90 percent of crafters and textile industries in Indonesia use synthetic dyes. This prompted a group of research teams who are members of a Indonesian research group, Natural Dye Institute research group, Universitas Gadjah Mada (INDI-UGM).

They carried out a downstream program for prototype or technology products together with partners CV Karui Jayapura by building a mini plant to produce natural dye powder from the waste from the Merbau sawmill industry in Papua.

“Waste from forest products has the potential to be used as a source of raw materials for the natural dye industry,” said UGM INDI Team Leader Edia Rahayuningsih.

According to Edia, by-products and waste from forest products in Papua can reach 20 to 40 percent of the total mass of trees.

Unfortunately, so far this waste has not been used optimally and is simply thrown into the environment or burned so that it becomes an environmental problem.

Through funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, she has sent tools for this miniplant sourced from the Matching Fund Program to Papua.

INDI UGM has produced a tool for processing the natural powder which is managed by CV Karui Jayapura.

“This natural dye powder can reach 1.4 quintals per day, because the raw materials are abundant,” she said.

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