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Sep. 18, 2017 9:55 am

This Temple grad is crowdfunding for his Lancaster-based natural dye company

Tyler Stoltzfus' Green Matters Natural Dye Company was a 2016 winner of Be Your Own Boss Bowl's social impact category.

Green Matters makes dye from flowers and onions.

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There’s an “environmental crisis in your closet,” as one Newsweek headline put it.

It’s the water pollution crisis caused by the textile industry, and it’s causing health problems all over the world — even locally.

And it’s why Green Matters Natural Dye Company exists. The Lancaster-based social enterprise, cofounded by recent Fox School of Business entrepreneurship grad Tyler Stoltzfus and fellow Lancaster native Winona Quigley, produces pollution-free color from natural ingredients such as marigolds and onions.

It’s a slight departure from the original plan for the company, which won his school’s 2016 Be Your Own Boss Bowl in the social impact category as Green Matters Apparel Company. The plan earned Stoltzfus and Quigley $20,000 as well as some advice from Investors’ Circle member Sid Amster to shift their focus from t-shirt making to natural dyeing, where there’s a smaller market.

This fall, the company is raising $7,000 to “upgrade our processes, equipment, and facility” (it’s currently working out of Quigley’s home).

The crowdfunding campaign is a part of The Great Social Enterprise Pitch, a competition from ASSETS and the Lancaster County Community Foundation that pits 12 Lancaster-based triple-bottom-line businesses against each other for the chance to present their business plans during a live event and win money.

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