Eco-friendly textile inks for screen printing and other fabric printing

With over 50 years of manufacturing experience, Colormaker Industries is recognised globally by both the fine artist and professional printing trade as the premier manufacturer of textile screen printing inks.

Building on a record of industry leading products, Colormaker has revolutionised the textile printing industry with the development of a range of water-based textile inks and ink for screen-printing that offers superior performance and eliminates the historical trade-off between printability performance on the screen and post-production performance of the finished product.

‘Blue Lips’ t-shirt screen printed using Permaset Supercover inks by Wasted Heroes streetwear in Liverpool, UK

Historically, most commercial screen printers use plastisol inks, which are easy to use and last well. However, plastisol inks contain PVC and phthalates that are harmful to the environment and have been linked to numerous medical disorders. Plastisol inks also require the use of harmful solvents in the cleaning process.

Water based inks do not contain PVC or phthalates and you don’t need solvents to clean the screens down after they’ve been used – you can clean them with water, so they are much safer for the printer or artist to use.



Permaset Aqua, Permatone and Permaprint Premium screen printing inks do not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFC’s and HCFC’s, aromatic hydrocarbons or any volatile solvents. They don’t contain lead, heavy metals or any toxic chemicals whatsoever (not even white spirits like other water based inks on the market). Permaset Aqua textile inks passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard (with 60% to spare!) and is safe to use on underwear, swimwear and even baby clothes.
The Permatone range of ink for screen printing has also been granted approval by the Soil Association in the UK, having successfully met the requirements of the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) for non-organic chemical inputs for use in organic textile processing.

Permaset inks are developed for both commercial screen printers and art and craft users alike, available in many sizes to suit small and large users.  The Permaset range includes Permaset Aqua inks for printing on fabrics and textiles, Permatone fabric inks which can be mixed to match 950 colours, and Permaprint Premium inks for printing on substrates such as paper, cardboard, plastics, wood, Styrofoam and more.

Permaprint does not contain ozone depleting chemicals such as CFCS or HCFCS. It is also formulated free of aromatic hydrocarbons. Permaprint premium is free of volatile organic solvent and does not contain PVC resin or Phthalate plasticiser