Thinking Organic ..
Over the last 20 years or so we have heard much about Organic farming, when going to the supermarket we are now presented with many organic options for fruit & vegetables, dairy, meat and other products.
Our industry too has been starting to change with ink products, chemicals and textiles which are Organic. Organic textiles are based on materials grown on organic farms, and manufactured without harmful chemicals. This is better for local wildlife, animals and people. Clients are increasingly demanding quality products that meet these standards.
You may have noticed certifications such as Soil Association Certification and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) symbols appearing on certain ink products and chemicals. The symbols mean that products have been through a stringent certification process to ensure that the products are made using Organic methods and techniques.
Who are the Soil Association?
The Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists with the overall objective of campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The Association is a UK charity it is not a government body but has gained a worldwide reputation for driving and campaigning for Organic standards. The Soil Association played a leading role in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and since 2006 have been certifying businesses to the GOTS standard. (source – Soil Association website)
Why choose products which are Soil Association approved?
So you are confident that the inks / chemicals have been manufactured and processed to a strict criteria. Organic products are not just more socially responsible, generally better for all us but provide unique commercial opportunities.
Can I put the Soil Association Organic logo on my products if I have used Soil Association approved inks?
T Shirts bought from a garment distributor and printed with Soil Association approved ink does not make the T Shirt approved. To gain and competitive edge and appeal to this growing client market you need to become certified in order to use the symbols. The certification covers not just the inks and chemicals used, but also the environmental management the way waste water is treated as well as other factors. Both the Soil Association and the GOTS symbols are registered trademarks which can only be used by certified companies with approved products.
The purpose of this article is to give a simple summary it’s a big area and we will be writing more articles on the topic. For more information we highly recommend that you check out the Soil Association website and consider the certification process for your products or business.
We sell a number of products which are certified from manufacturers such as FujiFilm Sericol and Magna Colours.
Sericol Texiscreen Aqua AJ Waterbased Screen Printing Inks
Sericol TexCharge TC Discharge Waterbased Inks
Magna Colours MagnaPrint Discharge ULF Inks
Permaset Permatone Inks are certified by the Soil Association – The Supercover range is NOT certified.