Are certain screen printing ink products truly friendlier to the environment or more sustainable than others? Not necessarily, says Steve Kahane as he takes a closer look at the primary consumable for apparel decoration.
This article takes a closer look at the environmental impact of screen printing inks – the primary consumable for apparel decoration. As a supplier to the industry, we are often asked why certain screen print ink products (such as water-based inks) are represented as environment-friendly and others (most notably, PVC plastisols) aren’t. Is one truly friendlier to the environment or more sustainable than the other? Not necessarily. Certainly there are differences between PVC, acrysol and water-based ink products, but they are all plastics. Yes, water-based inks, like plastisols and acrysols, are plastics.