Colormaker’s owner, David Stuart, has held a passion for environmental sustainability from a young age. He first heard about the Greenhouse effect as a teenager in 1976, while on a holiday with his family. A member of the family ski club was an acclaimed CSIRO scientist. “He was talking to my mother about the Greenhouse effect. I was casting around looking for something to do with my life, looking for a cause and it stuck.” The natural world was always in the back of David’s mind, even as he studied chemistry at university and then worked in a laboratory. “Growing up, our family always composted and recycled,” he said. “I remember my father burying kitchen waste to compost in our back yard.”
David started out at Colormaker Industries as a salesperson then purchased the business in 2003. By this time, as well as being a chemist he had two business degrees and he embarked on eliminating solvents from ink. In 2005, realising that an opportunity existed for a screen printing ink range which not only ticked all the boxes in terms of high quality screen printing, soft hand, colour and durability but was also safer for the environment and for the user, Colormaker went to market with PERMASET as a new sustainable ink product.
In the early days the range was met with some reservations as printers had to adjust their practices. However, over the last 10 years the world has arrived at the same thinking: which is, if we look after the planet, the planet will look after us. So, year by year PERMASET Ink has grown in popularity worldwide with a broad appeal from the commercial screen printing trade to fine artists and makers who print at home – all with the same objective: to create beautiful prints with minimal impact on our environmvent.
As Colormaker worked on improving the PERMASET water-based ink range, the PERMATONE colour matching ink range was created, in conjunction with Sericol to meet with their colour matching software requirements. A few customers approached Colormaker recommending it would be beneficial if they had organic approval for this range. Then, with a few minor tweaks Colormaker was able to satisfy the Soil Association Approval to provide the organic approval they needed. Proudly, PERMATONE was the first ink range outside of the UK to qualify for this approval in 2012 and has held Soil Association Approval since that time.