ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments and finishing agents. Certifications cover each stage of raw materials, product and company environment.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX product certification has a history of more than 20 years, boasting more than 150,000 recipients in the world. The ECO PASSPORT mechanism was established in 1992 by the OEKO-TEX international association headquartered in Switzerland and was the first certification process to validate the safety of textiles.
OEKO-TEX is the first system proving the safety of textiles in Europe, and Nissenken is the exclusive certification authority in Japan. Safety certification of raw materials for the Mimaki inks was achieved through the Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre. The certification validates OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 compliance. This authentication is very strict and only applies to products that meet over 300 requirements of relevant harmful substances.
This certification reinforces Mimaki’s approach to developing ink, inkjet systems and reducing overall environmental impact. This is especially the case with sublimation printing, as this environmentally conscious print system does not use chemicals such as emulsion and does not require steaming and washing processes after printing, further adding to reduced environmental footprint as compared to other textile printing systems such as screen printing.
“Mimaki continues to pursue high-quality, environmentally-friendly manufacturing and strives to reduce environmental impact,” said Ronald van den Broek, GM sales at Mimaki Europe. “We are gratified by the recognition of our efforts embodied in this important certification.”