Judging by new products on display at the Long Beach show, the textile screen printing industry seems to be slowly progressing toward a more echo-responsible standing.
It’s hard to know what’s driving it, legislation in the U.S., demand by the big users like Nike and Adidas, or something else. One thing is for sure, it’s not the textile screen printers in Canada who are mostly slow to embrace environmentally friendly alternatives.
Wilflex was showing their new Non-PVC ink system which included a white and a mixing system with seventeen PANTONE®-approved printable mixing colours. CCI was showing their more eco-friendly Enviroline products that include a stripper, ink remover, screen wash, and a haze remover. Now all we have to figure out is how to convince Canadian textile screen printers that environmental considerations are important. The fashion and textile industries are huge polluters world-wide and we need to address it a lot more urgently than we have been doing.
In other news from the show, there appears to be a drive to better economy as well. Kiwo was showing their new one-fits-all emulsion and Wilflex is bringing out a one-fits-all white ink that will work on cotton, cotton/poly blends, and 100 percent Polyester. It will cure at just 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wendy and Doug attended the show and will be happy to tell you more about it.