Epson, a pioneer in digital textile printing technology, and its owned companies FOR.TEX and F.lliRobustelli, announced recently that its full range of Genesta inks – acid, reactive, disperse, pigment and sublimationdisperse – have achieved the ECO PASSPORT certification from OEKOTEX ®. The water-based inks developed by Epson in collaboration with FOR.TEX, allow reliable, precise and colour-fast printing of the highest quality onto any fabric type.

To achieve ECO PASSPORT Certification, Genesta inks had to pass two verification stages set by OEKO-TEX®. The first stage involved the screening of chemicals at the ingredient level against the OEKO-TEX® Restricted Substance list and the second stage against the Manufacturing Restricted Substance list where analytical verification ensures that certified products can be used in the sustainable production of human-ecologically friendly textiles.

“We are very proud to have received the ECO PASSPORT certification for all our Genesta, our top textile inks,” says Tomoaki Kuwata, General Manager, of Epson’s P strategic planning department. “It assures all Monna Lisa users around the world that Epson complies with the necessary environmental legislations and is the next step to promoting a new, sustainable, printing methodology after the previous ECO PASSPORT achieved by the Ultra Chrome inks.

ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, pigments, inks and finishing agents. OEKO-TEX® is the first system proving the safety of textiles in Europe, and Nissenken is the exclusive certification authority in Japan.