Epson gains Eco certification for textile inks

Epson has picked up Eco Passport certification from Oeko-Tex for its Genesta range of textile inks, which were developed in collaboration with its subsidiary For.Tex.

The Genesta range includes acid, reactive, disperse, pigment and sublimation-disperse inks.

The Genesta range includes acid, reactive, disperse, pigment and sublimation-disperse inks. They are supplied, totally degassed, in one or three-litre thermo-sealed multilayer aluminum cartridges that are completely exhaustible for minimal waste. Epson claims that the reliability of the Genesta inks reduces the need for cleaning the printheads, as well as cutting down on the ink consumption.

Oeko-Tex requires the inks to pass two verification stages to achieve this certification. This involves screening the chemicals at the ingredient level against Oeko-Tex’s Restricted Substance list as well as the Manufacturing Restricted Substance list to ensure that certified products can be used in the sustainable production of human and ecologically-friendly textiles.

Tomoaki Kuwata, general manager, of Epson’s Strategic Planning Department, said of the certification: “It assures all Monna Lisa users around the world that Epson complies with the necessary environmental legislations and is the next step to promoting a new, sustainable printing methodology after the previous Eco Passport achieved by the UltraChrome inks”.


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