Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technology, has received the coveted GOTS certification in version 5.0 for its new reactive ink system Alpha Ink R HD. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the most exacting seal of approval for the entire textile production chain and is also acknowledged by consumers to be a reliable quality standard. Introduced in March 2017, version 5.0 of the standard must be implemented within twelve months by textile manufacturers in the areas of bio-production, textile processing and textile chemistry; it has further tightened the environment criteria right along the whole supply chain. The new guidelines refer to clothing and other textile products consisting of at least 70 per cent certified organic fibres. All used chemicals including dyes and auxiliary substances must fulfill stipulated criteria in terms of environment and toxicology. Textiles produced according to the GOTS 5.0 guidelines give consumers the necessary transparency that these are sustainable products, which were also made under socially acceptable conditions.

Durst is one of the first inkjet printing system manufacturers to offer a GOTS 5.0 certified reactive ink system for the digital production of home textiles, clothing, accessories and furniture upholstery. The newly formulated Alpha Ink R HD reduces ink consumption by approx. 30 per cent compared to Durst’s existing reactive ink system. “Following the market success of our soft pigment ink system Alpha Ink P for sustainable, economic production based on universal applicability and a one-step process without pre- and post-treatment, we are now taking another step forward with GOTS 5.0 certification for the classic cotton production,” says Martin Winkler, Segment Manager Durst Textile Printing. “Durst’s Alpha Series and our excellent inks offer a perfect ecosystem for digital textile production”.