Bamboo fibre is a cellulose fibre extracted or fabricated from natural bamboo (and possibly other additives) and is made from (or, in the case of material fabrication, is) the pulp of bamboo plants. Bamboo fibre is a unique biodegradable textile material. As a natural cellulose fibre, it can be 100% biodegraded in soil by microorganisms and sunshine. Bamboo itself is a perennial grass that absorbs greenhouse gases and produces large quantities of oxygen. It also regenerates very rapidly, such that the variety used in fabric production can reach heights of 22 meters in sixty days. Bamboo thrives without the use of pesticides or fertilizers, and its roots help stabilize soil and reduce erosion.
Organic cotton generally means cotton grown from non-genetically modified plants, without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. Its production also promotes and enhances biodiversity and biological cycles. In sharp contrast, non-organic cotton currently covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land, yet uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop. The elevated use of such chemicals has serious environmental consequences, such as reduced biodiversity and shifting of ecosystem equilibriums. In addition, the chemicals used in the processing of cotton further pollute the air and surface waters.
Recycled Polyester is polyester that has been manufactured by using previously used polyester items, such as clothes. Polyester fibres made from recycled plastic containers are also often referred to as recycled polyester. PET is used as a raw material for making packaging materials, such as bottles and containers for packaging a wide range of food products and other consumer goods. Examples include soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, detergents, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and edible oil. PET is one of the most common consumer plastics used. It is also the raw material for producing recycled polyester.
Water-based a Ink
Water-based inks are those that use water as the main solvent. Because water-based ink is free of any volatile solvents, it has considerably less impact on the environment and human health when compared with solvent-based products such as Plastisol (PVC) inks.
These are inks that are formulated to be free from any chemicals toxic to the environment (e.g. ozone depleting chemicals) and human health (e.g. carcinogens, mutagens and reprotoxins), according to Directive 67/548/EC (as amended).
Recycled Satin is made from recycled polyester yarn. Recycled yarn can be created from used clothes or recycled plastic containers like drink bottles. This significantly reduces the quantity of raw materials, energy and pollution needed to produce new yarn.
Kraft paper is paper produced from the chemical pulp of softwood and scrap paper processed by the Kraft process. It is also known as brown paper. This significantly reduces the quantity of raw materials, energy and pollution needed to produce new paper.
Industrialized paper making has an effect on the environment, both upstream (where raw materials are acquired and processed), and downstream (waste-disposal impacts). Recycling paper reduces these impacts.
Because paper stock with recycled fibres is not suitable for every job, an environmentally friendly alternative is necessary. This is provided by FSC-certified virgin papers. The FSC certificate means that the trees used to make that paper were grown in forests that are responsibly managed from an environmental, social, and economic standpoint. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. This offers customers around the world the ability to choose products from socially and environmentally responsible forestry. At Dizayn Etiket, we hold an FSC certificate, and we are a member of the FSC network.
Vegetable-based a Ink
Vegetable-based inks have lower rates of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. While petroleum inks emit 25 to 40 percent of their VOCs as they dry, soya and vegetable-based inks emit as little as two to four percent. This means that the vegetable oils used in printing inks are essentially non-hazardous. In addition, such inks avoid the mineral oils that are typically refined from crude oil, which is a valuable finite resource, and which requires large amounts of energy for extraction, refining and treatment. In contrast, vegetable oils are derived from renewable resources that require much less energy to produce and extract. Soya and vegetable-based inks also benefit the environment because, when recycling scrap paper, removing such inks from wastepaper during de-inking requires much less energy and produces far less toxic waste. AT Dizayn Etiket, we use vegetable based inks for all of our offset production.