I'm interested in employing more eco-friendly practices at my embroidery shop. What are some products I can use that are earth-friendly?
Eco-friendly backing is available for those who are committed to reducing their impact on the planet. Environmentally-friendly backing is made in the same way as standard backing; it is just made of recycled plastic fibers and wood pulp or recycled cardboard instead of polyester fibers and wood pulp. The quality of the backing is still high, but the impact on the planet is much less. If you are interested in reducing the impact of your backing use, here are some options to consider:
Biodegradable Tearaway Backing: This backing uses only natural fibers which are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. It also breaks down into individual fibers when agitated in water, alleviating the need to dispose of waste. Biodegradable backing has been engineered to been engineered to pass biodegradability tests NF U52-001, ISO 17556 and ASTM D6094-97.
Hydro-Stick Adhesive Backing: This adhesive backing activates with water. It eliminates the need for aerosol adhesive sprays, and has an all-natural adhesive.
Badgemaster: This backing/topping is a translucent, water soluble, embroidery film. It is ideal for applique and for embroidery on stretch fabrics like Lycra. Embroidery can be sewn directly into the film, so no fabric is required. Badgemaster is biodegradable and non-toxic.