Fujifilm today announces that over 50 products from three of its Sericol screen printing textile ink ranges have been approved by the Soil Association Certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for use in organic textile processing.
Fujifilm is the first company to have products approved under the Soil Association Certification’s new ‘Approved Inputs for Textiles Scheme’. This new scheme will help organic textile and garment manufacturers to source low-impact textile processing chemicals.
Georgina Thomas, Soil Association Certification textile specialist, said: “We are excited to announce that Fujifilm is the first company to offer Soil Association approved inputs for organic textiles. These inks meet strict criteria on toxicity and biodegradability according to GOTS, the international gold standard for organic textile processing. Look out for our Approved symbol on products.”
Jon Harper-Smith, marketing manager, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe comments: “We are delighted to have achieved this approval from the Soil Association Certification that demonstrates Fujifilm’s commitment to sustainability. We are thrilled that it is now even easier for our customers to print certified organic textiles. With this comprehensive range of Soil Association approved screen printing inks there is virtually no limit to the range of colours and effects that can now be printed onto organic certified textiles.”
Fujifilm has undertaken an extensive research and development programme focused on developing inks with performance characteristics that meet the Soil Association Certification guidelines. The research involved carefully balancing print performance characteristics with the toxicological and ecological requirements that were necessary to meet the approval criteria.
The products approved are from three of the Sericol screen printing textile ink ranges:
- Texiscreen Aqua AJ – a water based ink for direct printing
- Texcharge TC – a water based discharge ink for printing dark garments
- Pioneer Ultra YC – an opaque PVC-free and phthalate-free plastisol ink for printing line and process colours together with a range of special effects including high build, puff and suede
The Soil Association has been working in organic textiles for over 10 years, and played a leading role in the development of GOTS, a standard which the Soil Association Certification now certifies to. The Soil Association textile licensees saw 35% sales growth in 2010. Francis Blake, Soil Association policy advisor and member of the GOTS International Working Group, said: “The increasing range of approved chemical inputs available to almost 3000 GOTS certified textile and garment businesses worldwide demonstrates that certified organic textiles represent an exciting and buoyant market sector. It is increasingly clear that it is possible to produce modern, fashionable textiles in a way that is kinder, cleaner and better for people and the planet.”
About the Soil Association
Soil Association Certification Ltd is the largest organic certification body in the UK, with almost 30 years experience. We operate a rigorous system, and our trusted symbol ensures high confidence in the integrity of products approved by us. Today, we certify over 80% of organic farming and food processing in the UK. As a not-for-profit business, any surplus income we make is gift-aided to the Soil Association charity to raise awareness, develop and safeguard the entire organic sector.
The Soil Association played a leading role in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) and is a quarter owner of Global Standard GmbH which manages the GOTS standards. Approval of chemical inputs for textiles to GOTS with Soil Association Certification Ltd offers:
· the Soil Association approved symbol
· a dedicated certification officer to guide you through approval
· a not-for-profit, practical approval service
· no extra charge for support
For more information contact gthomas(at)soilassociation(dot)org
or visit www.sacert.org
FUJIFILM Corporation is one of the major operating companies of FUJIFILM Holdings. Since its founding in 1934, the company has built up a wealth of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging, and in line with its efforts to become a comprehensive healthcare company, Fujifilm is now applying these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the Medical and Life Science fields. Fujifilm is also expanding growth in the highly functional materials business, including flat panel display materials, and in the graphic systems and optical devices businesses.About Fujifilm Graphic Systems
Fujifilm Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focussed on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company’s financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice. For more information, visit http://www.fujifilm.co.uk/gs