Organic Products and the Soil Association

Thinking Organic ..

Over the last 20 years or so we have heard much about Organic farming, when going to the supermarket we are now presented with many organic options for fruit & vegetables, dairy, meat and other products.

Our industry too has been starting to change with ink products, chemicals and textiles which are Organic. Organic textiles are based on materials grown on organic farms, and manufactured without harmful chemicals. This is better for local wildlife, animals and people. Clients are increasingly demanding quality products that meet these standards.

You may have noticed certifications such as Soil Association Certification and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) symbols appearing on certain ink products and chemicals. The symbols mean that products have been through a stringent certification process to ensure that the products are made using Organic methods and techniques.

Soil Association

Who are the Soil Association?

The Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists with the overall objective of campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The Association is a UK charity it is not a government body but has gained a worldwide reputation for driving and campaigning for Organic standards. The Soil Association played a leading role in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and since 2006 have been certifying businesses to the GOTS standard.   (source – Soil Association website)

Why choose products which are Soil Association approved?

So you are confident that the inks / chemicals have been manufactured and processed to a strict criteria. Organic products are not just more socially responsible, generally better for all us but provide unique commercial opportunities.

Can I put the Soil Association Organic logo on my products if I have used Soil Association approved inks?

T Shirts bought from a garment distributor and printed with Soil Association approved ink does not make the T Shirt approved. To gain and competitive edge and appeal to this growing client market you need to become certified in order to use the symbols. The certification covers not just the inks and chemicals used, but also the environmental management the way waste water is treated as well as other factors. Both the Soil Association and the GOTS symbols are registered trademarks which can only be used by certified companies with approved products.

 

The purpose of this article is to give a simple summary it’s a big area and we will be writing more articles on the topic, for more information we highly recommend that you check out the Soil Association website and consider the certification process for your products or business.

http://www.sacert.org/LinkClick.aspx

http://www.soilassociation.org/

We sell a number of products which are certified from manufacturers such as FujiFilm Sericol and Magna Colours.

Sericol Texiscreen Aqua AJ Waterbased Screen Printing Inks

Sericol TexCharge TC Discharge Waterbased Inks

Magna Colours MagnaPrint Discharge ULF Inks

Permaset Permatone Inks are certified by the Soil Association – The Supercover range is NOT certified.

After I wash my shirts a few times, the ink starts to come off.

After I wash my shirts a few times, the ink starts to come off.

Wicked_poster_step6This means that you have not cured your garment correctly. Plastisol inks need to be heated to a pre-determined temperature for a certain duration of time, usually somewhere between 45-60 seconds. This would be to either to flash dry or to use a conveyor dryer. Different inks, or special garments may need their timing fine tuned. The temperature and times will vary some job to job, so always do a wash test. A great way to test to see if the ink is cured or not is to pull on the t-shirt. If the ink sticks together like plastic or rubber, then it is cured. However if it cracks and you can see the t-shirt under it, you need to increase your curing time. via Wicked Printing Stuff, your home for screen printing equipment and supplies – FAQs.

Wicked Printing Stuff, Product Safety Sheets

When using products PLEASE check the safety sheets, here is the link.

Wicked Printing Stuff, your home for screen printing equipment and supplies – Links.

Here you will find a link to all of our product data safety sheets for our inks and solvents that we supply. Please make time to read this and familiarise yourself with the information contained within these documents before you use the products.

Barrier Clear –  Product Data Safety Sheet

Capillary Film – Product Data Safety Sheet

Catalysed Hardeners – Product Data Safety Sheet

Catalysed Inks – Product Data Safety Sheet

Cotton White – Product Data Safety Sheet

Curable Reducer – Product Data Safety Sheet

Mixe Mixopake Ink – Product Data Safety Sheet

Pade Maxopake Ink – Product Data Safety Sheet

Diamond White – Product Data Safety Sheet

Gloss Vinyl Inks – Product Data Safety Sheet

Gloss Vinyl Thinner – Product Data Safety Sheet

Gold Shimmer – Product Data Safety Sheet

Haze Paste Remover – Product Data Safety Sheet

Hi Tak Spray – Product Data Safety Sheet

Matt Vinyl Ink – Product Data Safety Sheet

Matt Vinyl Thinner – Product Data Safety Sheet

Mercury Gloss Ink – Product Data Safety Sheet

Nylobond additive – Product Data Safety Sheet

Nylonbag  Polycure catalyst – Product Data Safety Sheet

Nylonbag Ink – Product Data Safety Sheet

Nylonbag Thinners – Product Data Safety Sheet

Process Colours – Product Data Safety Sheet

Puff Additive – Product Data Safety Sheet

Catalysed Thinner – Product Data Safety Sheet

R55 Thinner – Product Data Safety Sheet

R56 Thinner – Product Data Safety Sheet

Roll On Platen Adhesive – Product Data Safety Sheet

Satin Jet Inks – Product Data Safety Sheet

Screen Filler Blue – Product Data Safety Sheet

Screen Filler Red – Product Data Safety Sheet

Screen Wash High Strength – Product Data Safety Sheet

Silver Glitter – Product Data Safety Sheet

Spot Cleaner- Product Data Safety Sheet

Stencil Strip – Product Data Safety Sheet

Suede Additive – Product Data Safety Sheet

Ulano Dual Cure Emulsion – Product Data Safety Sheet

Ulano Water Resistant Emulsion- Product Data Safety Sheet

Waterbased Ink Catalyst – Product Data Safety Sheet

Waterbased Ink Retarder – Product Data Safety Sheet

Waterbased Ink – Product Data Safety Sheet

History of Printing for Kids!

For four thousand years after the invention of writing in Iraq, all writing was done by hand, a character at a time. When people needed a copy of a book, they had to pay a scribe to copy it out for them by hand. Of course this made books very expensive, and only the richest people could have them.

via History of Printing for Kids!.