Apparel, Fashion, Retail

Active Apparel Group Embraces Toxin Free Printing Inks

Activewear and performance apparel retailer Active Apparel Group (AAG), has adopted toxin free printing inks in their manufacturing process.

“We have embraced Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1 Standard Printing Inks which is as a part of an initiative to reduce environmental impacts and keep ahead of global chemical regulations,” an AAG press release said.

According to the retailer, common inks used in the manufacture of apparel contain a wide range of toxic chemicals, including phthalates, petroleum-based co-solvents, PVC, and other organic compounds.

AAG’s initiative to use Oeko-Tex approved, water-based inks creates benefits for factory workers, people living local to these factories, consumers, and everyone downstream.

“Reducing toxic chemicals is the right thing to do for our employees, for people living close to our manufacturing facilities, and for anyone buying our apparel,” AAG CEO Daniel Hawker said.

“Moving away from toxins also allows us to keep ahead of increasingly stringent environmental regulations,” he added.

AAG offers a range of printing methods to address a variety of customer needs, including: digital printing, screen printing, and heat transfers for on-garment logos and care instructions.

Oeko-Tex certified water-based inks are used for all of its digital printing and for the majority of its screen printing.

These non-toxic water-based inks offer a socially and environmentally better alternative to the more commonly used Plastisol inks.

Oeko-Tex 100 Class 1 Standard Printing Inks are a specialised category of printing inks typically used in textiles and fabrics that comply with the stringent Oeko-Tex 100 certification.

Use of these inks ensures that they do not contain harmful substances and are safe, even for the most sensitive skin.

Compared to industry standards, these inks offer substantial environmental benefits by significantly reducing the risk of allergens and harmful chemicals leaking into the environment.

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