As already explained on our start page, our effort is to respect sustainability and environmental protection in case of all products used and processed.
That means in case of serigraphy:
The textiles we print are all marked as fair and bio, the trade mark Earth Positive® has the following certifications:
- besides, they have developped a CO2 reducing production process together with Carbon Trust
- during production- and transport process they use regenerative energies
The trade mark Neutral® has the following certifications:
- they use regenerative energies during production- and transport process
* by clicking on the trade mark you can get more information on their website
Unfortunately, we also know about the fact that only because it is a trade mark it musn‘t mean that everything is proofed and a lot of injustice happens also in textile industry. The textiles are produced at the other side of the globe, partly under unacceptable conditions; then the products are shipped around the globe, partly more than one time, for further processing; before they finally arrive at the consumer.
We want to contribute forwarding the mind change of people and so we have decided to only print textiles which are fair and bio. Thereby we try to find new and hopefully improved alternatives in the textile production.
As small serigraphy workshop we are unfortunately unable to check all production chains and so we need to trust on trade marks or if possible, people who know these companies, understand the production steps and then publish the info.
If you have additional information about the textiles we use and want to share it with us, please contact us.
We exclusively use water-based printing colours. A lot of serigraphy companies use Plastisol colours which have sometimes a high percentage of plastic (PVC- powder and liquid plasticisers). There is a survey of Greenpeace (Greenpeace Studie Giftige Garne) which shows that a majority of tested prints contains Plastisol based toxic phtalates plasticisers, which have negative effects on the hormonal balance as well as for the environment.
The energy we need to print the textiles comes to 100% from regenerative sources.
To image the screens we need light-sensitive chemical, the so called imaging emulsion. We use a water-based polymer emulsion, a watery emulsion made from polymers which are soluble in water, pigments and plasticisers.
The chemical to clean the screens, the glue and the decoater which is used to remove the imaging emulsion are 100% biodegradable and so environmentally friendly.
Regrettably, as per our information, there is no alternative to the standard imaging emulsion which would be biodegradable and therefore more environmentally friendly. Also with this matter we are keeping in mind to search for better alternatives to improve the environmental compatability.
We are eager to handle all resources as economical as possible which also means that we upcycle textiles for the test print and take care in order to avoid waste. Textiles are produced upon request to avoid wasting of resources.
We also try to keep transport ways as short as possible and order bigger slots of consumable supplies to avoid useless transport ways for small quantities. Our suppliers are located as near as possible and share with us the sense of environmental care.
The minimum order quantity is 10 pieces of printed textiles as we have to coat and imaging every screen for a special motif.
All of the consumable supplies we use are vegan. This was confirmed from our suppliers. It is important for us to mention this fact as we engage ourselves against the exploitation of living beings; also the environmental pollution is reduced by a vegan lifestyle.
Transport and Packing
We are forced to find an acceptable partner within the logistics who is also valued from us regarding environmental engagement. Unfortunately, there is no real choice; the company policies are partially questionable and we disgust the precarious working conditions.
We have no own labeled packing, we upcycle old packings that can be used more than one time.
*we know, that as a small serigraphy workshop we can only conditionally influence the factors which lead to an emancipatory world; we are always dependent on information transparency of our suppliers or partners
**our efforts do not end in the serigraphy workshop; we are privatly political activ and engage for emancipatory contents