Colormaker Industries is committed to supporting the environment and to the continual improvement of its environmental performance, recognising its obligations both locally and globally.
Manufacturing Environmentally Responsible Products
Colormaker’s PERMATONE® textile screen printing inks are Approved by the Soil Association in the UK under the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) for use in Organic Textile processes. In 2012, PERMATONE® became the first ink from outside the UK to receive such Approval. PERMATONE® inks have also passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard (with 60% to spare) and are safe to use on underwear, swimwear and even baby clothes.
The entire family of PERMASET® textile printing inks does not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFCs and HCFCs, aromatic hydrocarbons or any volatile solvents. They don’t contain lead or any heavy metals. PERMASET® inks do not contain any toxic chemicals at all, not even white spirits like other water-based inks on the market.
Our Water Based Inks Do Not Contain Toxic Chemicals
Most commercial screen printers print garments using 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.
Reduction in Water Use & Waste sent to Landfill
Other Colormaker environmental initiatives include:
- The use of LED lighting throughout the warehouse and office complex,
- The treatment of waste water,
- Recycling of paper, board and scrap metal,
- Installation of 356 Solar Panels on our factory and office complex roofs to power our manufacturing, and
- Natural light throughout the factory and warehouse areas.
Colormaker is committed to continually improving performance in this area and has recently installed Solar Power on our factory, warehouse and office complex roofs. These solar panels will generate enough energy to power our manufacturing, and at times we will export surplus clean energy back into the grid. Read about our solar panel installation project.
Eliminating Harmful Raw Materials from our Manufacturing
Our solid commitment to research & development in eliminating harmful chemicals is testament to this continuing company objective. Our eco-responsible low-VOC technologies, utilised in the ACRYLMERIC® construction products and Colormaker House Paint ranges, are examples of our company values which mirror the increasing demand for environmentally sustainable coatings in response to growing public awareness and concern over the world’s ecosystem.
We have eliminated plastic beads from our paint manufacture to ensure these particles don’t make their way into the ocean to endanger fish and other precious sea-life. Clouds of discarded microbeads make up a toxic debris that settles on river and ocean floors. Marine worms ingest these toxins and then, when they’re eaten by fish or other predators, the fish gobble up microbead poisons along with the worms. Then if people then eat those poisoned fish, they’re at serious risk of falling ill from the toxic residue too.
Colormaker Industries provided PERMAPLASTIK scenic paint for the St Augustines College mural in Brookvale, Sydney. Colormaker is passionate about supporting community. We regularly make donations to community and environmental causes such as The Lombardo Family in Frenchs Forest, Saint Augustine’s College at Brookvale for their mural project, Saint Luke’s Bayview Campus, Noah’s Ark in the “Shitbox Car Rally for The Cancer Council”, and Queensland Country Women’s Association whilst donating to underprivileged communities in Sydney, regional Australia and overseas.
Support of Janakpur Women’s Centre, Nepal
Colormaker Industries supported textile artist Nellie Rose in her collaboration with the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre. Nellie Rose was awarded the British Council Artists International Development Award and has used her experience to teach screen printing workshops to Janakpur female artists in Nepal. Colormaker provided Nellie Rose and the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre with Permaset inks for these important community workshops.
FREE THE REEF Campaign
As part of our commitment to help save the earth and Australia’s natural wonders, since 2015 Colormaker has supported the FREE THE REEF campaign to raise awareness about the threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Colormaker provides our eco-friendly PERMASET® inks to the Free the Reef team to print their t-shirts on their live screen printing tour around Australia.
FREE THE REEF started in 2015 as a live screen printing tour that uses the power of art to raise awareness and the vital funds needed to support the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Rallying businesses, artists and the community, the campaign aims to strongly influence decision makers to create future proofing legislation that will free the reef from negative human interventions. This includes threats such as illegal fishing, climate pressure, marine debris, agricultural runoff, rapid industrialisation and inadequate legislation.
Colormaker supports the FREE THE REEF campaign by supplying Permaset eco-friendly inks to screen print t-shirts and raise awareness for the cause on a live screen printing tour around Australia. With the decision on the Adani Mine in Australia still pending, the Free the Reef initiative has grown in importance.