The wide format digital printing sector has started to focus heavily on textile printing. This is especially true for on demand applications such as printed interiors and disposable or recyclable fashion, which could soon supplant fast fashion as a concept. Textile and packaging printing are the two areas of print where safety must absolutely be considered from the very beginning of a project. Designers need to be aware of potential toxicities in inks and substrates particularly.
Fortunately Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have developed a certification that industry has broadly accepted. UL Greenguard certification is managed by UL Environment, a dedicated business unit within UL. The Greenguard certification is a tool designers, manufacturers and buyers can use to identify materials and interior products with low chemical emissions. The program ensures that products intended for use indoors meet stringent chemical emissions limits. This not only improves indoor air quality, but also product safety.