Sustainability & Responsible Fabric Sourcing


In a world where the Textile Industry is seen to be one of the largest polluters of the environment, progress towards achieving sustainability in Textile manufacturing has proved to be a vital component in developing a winning market proposition for many textile Companies.

Whether it is the use of illegal pesticides in cotton growth, or the irresponsible consumption of trees and oil reserves in fibre production, the Textile Industry has much to answer for, but it is changing, and fast.

Taken alongside its voracious appetite for energy and water consumption, as well as its unrestrained pollution of local water tables, the Textile Industry has been forced to find answers for an increasingly environmentally aware customer base.

Alongside the many improvements in bleaching and chemical treatment, as well as new re-cycling technologies, the widespread adoption of Digital Textile Printing has proved to be a vital component in the Industry’s battle to adopt effective sustainability strategies.

Over the years, Digital Textile Printing has become the most effective sustainable solution in textile production.

The machinery is smaller, less space consuming, and ink usage is a fraction of traditional analogue printing processes.

A typical Digital print installation will use less than 25% of the Electricity, 10% of the water and less than 5% of the water table pollution of traditional printing processes.

All of which adds up to a tremendous reduction in the environmental footprint of Textile printing.

Yet behind the machinery and process choice lies the extensive use of certified inks, that through the various bodies such as Oeko-Tex, Reach and BlueSign reach acceptable standards of environmental safety.

Many of the inks used in Digital printing are 100% Non-hazardous, 100% Toxin-free, Biodegradable, contain no animal by-products, and are safe for infants and babies.

Inks generally meet the strictest industry standards as defined by Oeko-Tex 100 safety applications for infant wear, Global Organic Textiles (GOTS-3V), Residues Standard List (RSL) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists.

Supporting this is the responsible sourcing of fabrics:

The Digital Printer in his quest for environmental credentials also has to use fabrics that are prepared from renewable, re-cycled or organic sources.

Premier Digital textile are market leaders in this sector with a wide range of responsible fabrics including Bamboos, Linens, recycled Polyesters and GOTS certified cottons.

Sustainability is at the heart of the Premier Digital Textile supply chain and they provide eco-conscious certified cotton and recycled polyester alternatives.

Premier Digital Textiles support and supply Sustainable textiles with a reduced carbon footprint, prepared using less water than conventional textiles and with reduced or no use of pesticides and growing agents. They now also offer an expanding selection of re-cycled polyester print bases.

Whatever the print process, Premier Digital textile have an environmentally conscious fabric for the Digital printer to choose.

As a company renowned for their innovation the sustainable sourcing team and textile innovators at Premier Digital Textiles continue their development of circular, eco-friendly fabrics.

So, with responsible fabric sourcing, water and energy efficiency, zero wastewater, and fully certified inks, Digital Textile Printing continuously shows the way forward in the environmentally sensitive market of today, offering a High-Tech solution to redress the many ecological excesses of the past.