How to Go Eco-Friendly With Screen Printing

by Wendy Croxford

in Permaset Blog

8 Sep 2016  | 0 Comments

There have never been more incentives to go eco-friendly with your screen printing business. Not only are customers caring more about how sustainable their purchases are, but the eco printing products are fast becoming superior to their traditional alternatives. We have a few simple changes to help green up your print shop and provide a safer, healthier workplace.

Choose locally made water based ink

Perhaps the number one thing you can do to easily boost your print shop green credentials is to use eco-friendly ink. You’ll find that new water based inks for screen printing are bolder, longer-lasting and easier to use than ever before. Our entire Permaset range is also locally completely produced in our Sydney production facility rather than overseas, further reducing your carbon footprint.


Work with sustainable fabric and product suppliers

Customers love printers who offer an environmentally friendly choice. Consider offering a sustainable T-shirt or clothing option to your clients if you haven’t already, and you might be surprised by how many people are willing to spend a little extra for something they know is produced with care. Our water based inks are ideal for printing on natural fibers such as organic cotton, offering excellent flexibility and durability.


Watch your waste water

A common environmental issue in print shops is the management of waste water. There are a lot of inks and chemicals going down the drain on a daily basis, and they all have to go somewhere. A filtration system can help to collect and dispose of particles rather than flushing them away, and eco-friendly additives and solutions help ensure that what does go down the drain won’t cause significant damage. You can also choose to switch to a water based table adhesive, which reduces the need for aerosols in the shop (asthmatics rejoice!).


Recycle and manage excess

It’s amazing how many things in a print shop can be reused and recycled. Messed up a shirt printing? Keep it as a test fabric or a shop rag. Compile leftover inks together for unique, small print runs. Make the effort to recycle cardboard boxes from orders, broken aluminum frames and leftover containers wherever possible. Taking care about these little things adds up to make a big difference, and as word spreads about your sustainable measures it’s a great opportunity to add another point of difference to your marketing.


Permaset is here to help with all of your questions about water based inks for screen printing. Take a look through our Permaset Aqua range for fabric printing now, and contact us if you’d like more information about any of our eco-friendly products.

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