Textile printing is well known for being a large consumer of water and energy, which is having a substantial impact on the local environment in some regions, with water tables lowering, rivers drying up, and so on. This has an influence on society and industry, such as in Turkey, where textile manufacturers have been compelled to leave the Istanbul area in order to conserve the city's remaining water supply.
Digital technology, in addition to the traditional benefits of speedy design introduction, flexible production, and new design possibilities, can have a positive impact on the sustainability of textile production. More efficient dye placement reduces the amount of water used for steaming and washing, as well as the amount of energy used for drying, by 50 to 90 percent. Sublimation printing of polyester to replace other materials and processes is one area where improvements can be made, with water use as low as 1 liter per linear meter of printed cloth versus over 100 liters in more traditional scenarios.
The Consideration of Entire Life Cycle
A person's, company or activity's ecological or environmental footprint is the impact they have on the environment. A lifecycle review of the entire printing process is required to reduce the environmental footprint of printing. A lifecycle assessment is a systematic tool for gathering and evaluating information about a product's or process's possible environmental impact. Eco points are used to measure the impact. From raw material to finished product, this lifecycle analysis considers the items, methods, and systems that are necessary for production. At DropTech, we make every effort to adhere to all applicable environmental regulations and to have the least possible impact on the environment.
Lifetime analysis of rotary screen printing and digital textile printing allows us to compare the two processes and see where sustainable textile printing improvements can be made. We intend to ensure that textile printing is as sustainable as possible by affecting the entire lifecycle of the process, including the usage phase. It's critical to consider the full lifecycle of a product, from cradle to grave, to get a thorough picture of its sustainability.
Textile printing that is environmentally friendly is becoming increasingly significant in the business. We need to make the proper judgments when it comes to printing procedures with the future in mind. Although the main barrier is the cost per linear meter, printing textiles with digital technology does contribute to a more sustainable society. But how precise can we be in determining the cost difference? The price of a rotary printed meter is less stable than that of a digital meter.
Digital textile printing is the more ecological alternative to textile printing, according to comparisons, but there is still a long way to go. Steaming and washing, in particular, continue to consume a significant amount of water and energy. The future of printing could be a digital solution that eliminates the need for steaming and washing. Until then, let's do everything we can to make printing as environmentally friendly as possible. We are providing all the technological solutions to all your fabric needs. To know more – Sustainable textile Printing.
Transitioning to digital printing has the strategic benefit of making your production more sustainable.