Web Exclusive | June 2017
Epson inks get OEKO-TEX certification
Epson, a pioneer in inkjet printers and digital textile printing systems and technology, has announced that Epson’s full range of Genesta inks—acid, reactive, disperse, pigment and sublimation-disperse—have achieved the ECO PASSPORT certification from OEKO-TEX.
The water-based inks developed by Epson in collaboration with FOR.TEX allow reliable, precise, and colour-fast printing of the highest quality onto any fabric type. To achieve ECO PASSPORT certification, Genesta inks had to pass two verification stages set by OEKO-TEX. The first stage involved the screening of chemicals at the ingredient level against the OEKO-TEX restricted substance list and the second stage against manufacturing restricted substance list; where analytical verification ensures that certified products can be used in sustainable production of human-ecologically friendly textiles.
ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments, inks, and finishing agents. OEKO-TEX is the first system proving the safety of textiles in Europe, and Nissenken is the exclusive certification authority in Japan. Certifications cover each stage of raw materials, product, and company environment.