PF PRINT & EMBROIDERY CONSUMABLES 46 images JUNE 2021 From threads and backings to screen and digital inks, print and embroidery consumables are the foundations of garment and textile decoration. We review the current options from the leading suppliers, including more eco/sustainable alternatives that are now available for those businesses looking to ‘green’ their production and finished products Decoration building blocks MagnaColours: MagnaPrint AquaFlex V2 MagnaPrint AquaFlex V2 is an essential product for any water- based screen printing arsenal, says MagnaColours. “Not only does it provide soft handle, high-stretch performance and excellent washfastness, it has a myriad of sustainability benefits that improve environmental performance throughout the manufacturing process, alongside that of the finished garment,” it notes. “AquaFlex V2’s high opacity ensures fewer print strokes and reduced ink consumption – it’s also fast curing, requiring lower temperatures and quick flash times.” MagnaPrint AquaFlex V2 is completely free from PVC and other harmful substances, and is certified to multiple eco-standards, including Gots, Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Class 1 and ZDHC Level 3 (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals). It’s also compliant with all major RSLs (Restricted Substances Lists), including the Nike RSL. In addition, AquaFlex V2 can provide biodegradable properties to printed natural fibre garments, as MagnaColours says its ink formulation fully composts within 55 days according to the biodegradability standard ISO 14855. Dae Ha UK: Recycled Blended Polyester HTV Dae Ha UK has introduced recycled blended polyesters into all of its heat transfer vinyls, gaining a certification from the Control Union. Currently, it’s not possible to have heat transfer vinyl from fully sustainable sources, such as bamboo or biodegradable films, adds Dae Ha UK. “These films cannot withstand the temperatures required by the hot melt adhesives to ensure longevity of the transfers demanded by the end customer, as they’re not heat stable, and therefore destroy the transfer under heat pressing.” With sustainability in mind, the company only uses 100% recyclable or biodegradable packaging, while its Printable and Classic Flex PET Liners can also be recycled as they don’t use adhesives during lamination. The company has also achieved the ISO 14001 certification, which is an internationally agreed standard that sets out all the requirements for an Environmental Management System. Brother DTG: Innobella Textile inks To ensure less waste and so less impact on the environment, Brother DTG’s Innobella Textile inks now come in new replaceable pouches. Available in a wide range of bold colours, the eco-friendly water- based pigment inks are also Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certified, plus Gots-approved and CPSIA compliant. “Designs printed with Innobella Textile inks are meant to be worn, not worn out,” adds Brother. “The special formulation combats the chemicals found in typical laundry detergent, and withstands the rubbing and scraping of zippers and buttons — the result is a print that looks brighter and lasts longer. Proof can be found in the AATCC wash tests, where our inks score 4.0 or higher on every test.” Brother DTG’s Innobella Textile water-based inks are Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certified Dae Ha UK has introduced recycled blended polyesters into all of its heat transfer vinyls AquaFlex V2 is certified to multiple eco-standards, including Gots and Oeko-Tex Eco Passport Class 1