Tip of the Week: Consider the Alternative

Almost everybody who has worked production using water-based inks has a war story, but recent legislation regarding phthalates has put screen-printing inks fairly under the microscope, bringing water-based back into the discussion. The ink companies traditionally provide information in the form of MSD and tech sheets, as well as certification regarding local, state and federal restrictions and guidelines. While none of this has changed it would seem that, taken under the broader sweep of the green movement in general, printers are asking more questions and demanding comprehensive answers. The components of the most commonly used inks are under scrutiny––plastisol, in particular––and, while the discussion rages, printers still need ink to put onto shirts.

So we turn again to water-based ink and ask some valid questions with regard to its efficacy as a valid alternative…

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