The devil is in the detail when it comes to being a true transparently sustainable business. You have our promise that we have put in countless hours of research and sourcing to bring you a product that is as sustainable as we possibly can. To reduce the amount of packaging we create, we choose not to use swing tags and instead print all necessary information on the inside of the garment.
Our labels are printed about 2km away from our CMT manufacturer. We work with allergies printing, a small South Australian business. Liam has been printing for years and prides himself on attention to detail and consistency. Liam runs a sustainable studio, choosing to use Permaset water-based inks for all his printing (Read more about them below) He also makes sure all leftover ink is re-used so only remnants are washed away.
Usually direct to garment labels are heat transferred, which requires a plastic backing and can wear off over time. our labels are all hand screen printed with permaset water based inks. the ink is applied directly to the fabric and adheres deep in the fibre which means a long, strong life. With screen printing there is always a little ink leftover, yet as we are using eco friendly inks it does not require a solvent to be dissolved and can safely be washed down the drain. 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. 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.
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.
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.
100% RENEWABLE ENERGY: SOLAR POWER
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 peak times we will exporting enough clean energy back into the grid to power 15-20 homes. Furthermore, the electricity Colormaker Industries produces will save the production of over 100 tonnes of greenhouse gas per year.