DIGITAL TEXTILE PRINTING WILL SAVE 40 BILLION LITRES OF WATER IN 2018
Digital Textile Printing will save over 40 Billion litres of Water Worldwide in 2018
As the Digital Textile Printing Market share grows, so the savings to the environment grow as well.
As a process Digital Textile Printing uses much less water in its process than Screen Printing.
Typical water usage for screen printing is in the region of 50-60 litres of water per metre, whereas, Digital Printing, with its minute quantities of colour and its requirement for fixation only finishing, uses less than 10 litres of water per metre.
There is no washing off of screens, no waste colour and no huge volumes of water for washing off and fixing. No wonder that environmentally aware companies such as the huge fashion brand, Inditex (Zara) are leading the way in investing in more Digital textile Printing equipment.
Yet these savings for the environment don’t stop there.
Consumption of electricity used by Digital Printing is down by over 60%, against the same metrage produced by Screen Printing.
This saving potentially amounts to the annual electricity usage of say 150,000 people in Kenya for example.
Further down the line, with a virtual effluent free footprint, the waste processing load for Digital Printing is minute.
Every litre of water from Screen Printing is contaminated with VIOL’s (volatile inorganic liquids) or with Resins or with waste colour, and requires substantial investment locally to allow discharge to the local waste water system.
In a world with finite resources, and with a new generation growing up with absolute respect for the environment, Digital Textile Printing offers a relevant and sustainable path for the future.
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