FOREST DIGITAL’S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Forest Digital is committed to the well being of our planet and ensures fabrics and inks have minimal ecological impact.
OUR GREEN ETHOS
Forest Digital’s commitment to the environment runs deep – from the inks and fabrics we use through our latest technology printers right down to the waste we produce. At every stage and in every way of our printing process we minimise our ecological impact on the planet.
We are the best choice for designers and fashion houses seeking the most environmentally friendly way of creating their textiles. They choose digital printing at Forest Digital certain of our sustainable solutions and high eco-standards. Working with top-end designers to create exclusive short runs also means the fabrics printed at Forest Digital are not contributing to the ‘cheap/throw-away fashion’ landfill that is so damaging to our world.
Let’s break it down:
Widely recognised as one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of textile printing because of the minimal amount of set-up single use equipment, the reduced use, and waste of water, the non-hazardous inks that are used at low consumption, and the highly significant 40% decrease in energy compared to traditional printing. Digital printing has the lowest carbon footprint of any of the printing processes.
Our new 1200 dpi 16 ink head Epson Monna Lisa Evo Tre machine not only ensures the very finest print quality and productivity but has state-of-the-art technology that ensures the very lowest environmental impact in the digital print industry. The inks are non-toxic (see below), water usage is reduced by more than 75% and there’s a significant decrease in energy consumption. As a result, it has received both the Blue Sign and OEKO-Tex eco-passport – stringent certification created by the textile industry to clean up fashion.
Free of toxins and water based, our inks also carry the Blue Sign and OEKO-Tex Standard 100 Eco Passport certificates offering assurance that they meet the strict human-ecological standards for chemicals. The exclusive vacuum-packed degassed ink management system is specifically designed to obtain the maximum efficiency while minimising ink waste. Finally, the fabrics do not require any post-treatment after printing which further contributes to our low impact on the environment.
Forest Digital’s environmental policy includes a commitment to never using any synthetic fibres such as polyesters. We only work with natural fibres of the highest quality – silks, cottons, linens, viscose, and more. We have included some eco-friendly fabrics in our range, all created with sustainable organic substances – bamboo, tencel, viscose, linen, and rayon which are all plant-based and a range of GOTS certified organic fabrics.
Fashion, textiles and printing can be a very toxic and wasteful process but, at Forest Digital, our machine, inks, fabrics and high-end product ensure that we don’t waste water, add toxins to the planet or textiles to landfill. Every step along the process from fabric production to finished product is as environmentally sound as possible.
If you have any queries about our eco policy please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Everything we have said so far about eco-sustainability also needs a guarantee that goes beyond our claims. For this we have activated an extended plan to obtain the most important certifications: Oeko-Tex, Bluesign and GOTS.
1. OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100
It certifies that a textile article has been tested for harmful substances and that, therefore, it is deemed harmless in human ecological terms. The test takes into account numerous regulated and unregulated substances, which can be harmful to people’s health. The criteria are updated at least once a year.
2. Global Recycle Standard (GRS)
Certifies products obtained from recycling materials and manufacturing activities. It promotes products made with recycled materials, in compliance with environmental and social criteria that extends to all stages of the production chain.