Wednesday night at the World Technology Summit gala held at the United Nations in New York City, AirDye Solutions was named the corporate winner for the prestigious 2011 World Technology Award for Environment.
We were recognized for AirDye® technology. AirDye addresses one of the world’s most pressing problems: the over-use and pollution of trillions of gallons of fresh water. AirDye Solutions innovative technology uses no water at the point of coloration, eliminates the need for toxic dye chemicals, and is revolutionizing the textile industry.
The World Technology Awards have been presented by the World Technology Network (WTN) since 2000, as a way to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology and related fields doing “the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance.” Nominees for the 2011 World Technology Awards were selected by the WTN Fellows (winners and finalists from previous annual Award cycles in the individual Award categories) through an intensive, global process lasting many months.
The World Technology Award for Environment was presented by the WTN in association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and Technology Review. AirDye Solutions now joins a roster of organizations and individuals from over 60 countries around the world deemed to be doing the most innovative and impactful work.
The Advisors for 2011 were:
- Ray Kurzweil, inventor/futurist/author
- Albert Teich, Director, Science and Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science/AAAS (retired, 2011)
- Jason Pontin, Editor/Publisher, Technology Review
- Lev Grossman, Senior Writer and book critic, TIME; co-author TIME.com blog “Techland”
Other nominees included Recyclebank, Siemens Water Technologies, and Better Place. The full list of 2011 finalist and other nominees can be found on the WTN website.
Paul Raybin (center), AirDye Solutions’ chief sustainability and marketing officer, accepted the award from Jim Clark, WTN chairman, and Poppy Harlow, CNN. Here are Paul’s remarks…
On behalf of everyone at AirDye Solutions and our partners around the world, we’re honored to receive this award.
In a world where fresh water is becoming scarce, the textile industry continues to destroy trillions of gallons of water every year printing and dyeing fabric. At AirDye Solutions our goal is to help move the textile industry away from its over-dependence on water for printing and dyeing fabric – making that water available for life-sustaining activities instead. Or, as we like to say – Water for Living Not for Dyeing.
In the past year we’ve entered into important new partnerships in Asia and elsewhere and now major brands are introducing textiles and apparel products dyed and decorated without using water.
So we hope that this award tonight helps increase awareness of the water scarcity problem around the world and that others continue to join us in seeking solutions.
Everyone in the company is proud and honored to be recognized by the WTN and the international community. Of course, without the hard work and dedication of everyone in the AirDye Solutions family, AirDye technology wouldn’t be able to make an impact on the textile industry and eventually, a greener planet.