Yarn, textile and garment maker Kurabo Industries Ltd is reported to have developed a new way of dyeing fabric that uses 95% less water than normal processes.

The new Greenplan method is also said to consume around 40% less energy according to an article in The Nikkei Business Daily.

Developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Pencil Co and Inkmax Co, the new process uses inkjet technology to spray the fabric with tiny particles of dye, which colour the material and set without the need for drying.

Fabrics are normally dyed by immersing them in a dye bath and then washing the fabric out with water.