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Is Sublimation Printing Sustainable?

Jul 26th, 2017

Sublimation And Printing Sustainability

Sublimation printing has lots of obvious benefits, perhaps most significantly the fact that dye sublimation results in photo-quality printing with no loss of resolution or image clarity. The results are always amazing and will suit the needs of even the most discerning clients.

However, what is often overlooked is the environmental impact of sublimation printing. Many printing methods create additional waste, but sublimation printing is often touted as being environmentally friendly and highly sustainable.

Companies are turning toward greener methods more and more as customers are showing more of a preference for interacting and doing business with environmentally friendly businesses. Read on to find out if sublimation printing satisfies that need.

What Is Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing is a chemical process that imprints a design onto a garment through a chemical reaction. This involves turning a solid to a gas (without turning it to a liquid in between), fusing the design onto the fabric, and then turning the gas back into a solid, thereby creating a lasting imprint.

Doing so requires the use of a heat transfer machine to create the chemical reaction. An important thing to note is that this process can only fuse designs onto synthetic materials, such as polymers.

Nonetheless, there are many different types of products you can use sublimation printing for in order to create strong branding, and the process is by no means limited to garments. It can also be used for excellent branding items such as pens, bags, fabric napkins, coffee mugs and so on.

Is Sublimation Printing Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly?

You may be surprised to know that one of the major benefits of sublimation printing is its level of safety for both the environment and the worker. In fact, it is the most environmentally friendly and sustainable method of garment printing and production currently being used today.

The dyes uses are safe and not in any way harmful. Printers usually opt for using CYMK, so the result is that only a minimal amount of dye inks are actually used.

Amazingly, sublimation printing creates absolutely zero waste.

Compared to print screening, which uses large amounts of water in its design imprintation, print screening uses none. Because the process turns the solid directly to a gas, there is absolutely no need for water in the dyeing process.

You can look to Club Ink to suit all of your sublimation printing needs, as well as all other marketing-related printing necessities. Club Ink has been serving leading marketing and ad agencies for more than three decades. Contact us today for more.


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