Inchyra and the Environment

Linen is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics and, at Inchyra, we print using modern inkjet printers which are shown to be significantly more environmentally friendly than traditional screen printing methods. In addition, we use pigment inks which are the most environmentally friendly option for digital fabric printing. The combination results in fabrics that are distinctly planet friendly:
  • Linen is extremely durable and can be used for many years.
  • Linen is produced from the flax plant which does not require much energy or water to produce.
  • The entire flax plant is used in the production process, leaving no waste footprint.
  • Linen is naturally biodegradable and recyclable.
  • All of our prints are now digitally printed. This process has huge benefits over the traditional screen printing process both in terms of flexibility as it is easy to produce shorter print runs (which also means that we are able to offer bespoke colour matching) but also in terms of its environmental impact.
  • We print with non-toxic water-based pigment inks. Pigment inks contain the colour, a binder to attach the ink to the fabric and water as a carrier. In pigment printing the inks sit on top of the fibres and are then fixed to the fibres by baking. This has led some people to see digital printing as inferior in quality to screen printing but Inchyra digital prints are virtually indistinguishable from screen printed fabrics due to the very specialist finishing processes that we apply which push the ink into the fabric. Pigment inks give a very strong light fastness.  
  • Compared to traditional screen printing inkjet printing contributes to reductions in CO2 emissions and has significantly lower waste products and is economical in its use of resources including electricity and water.
  • Tests show that inkjet printing leads to a 57% reduction in power consumption, a 62% reduction in water consumption, an 85% reduction in waste materials and a 95% reduction in the carbon footprint.