Impacts of Printing

The guide introduces and highlights the key environmental impacts printing processing and lower impact options. Printing occurs at either the fabric or garment level and adds further designs to the end product.

Printing uses vast amount of water, energy and chemicals. Chemical environmental issues occur in the type of printing inks used with water pollution issues arising if the waste water is not properly treated.

Energy issues linked with printing relate to the machinery used and the high temperatures needed to cure (set) the prints. The guide helps brands and retailers understand the range of options available to help reduce environmental impact.

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