PERMASET 2021: SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION

by Wendy Croxford

in Permaset Blog

17 Feb 2021  | 0 Comments

Colormaker Industries’ solar array powers the manufacture of PERMASET inks

Boutique Australian ink manufacturer, Colormaker Industries, is set to ramp up their focus on PERMASET® product innovation and sustainability during the course of 2021. This builds on the company’s reputation as a leader in sustainable manufacturing.

A little bit of Australian sunshine in every drop of PERMASET ink

In 2019, Colormaker Industries installed a 100 kW solar array on the roof of their Brookvale factory. This produces twice as much electricity as they use to power their production processes. This is enough to power 20 local homes and save over 150 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year. At the time of writing, the array had already saved 190 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Colormaker continues to explore methods to reduce energy consumption, recently commissioning an energy audit. They’re now planning the installation of a raft of equipment that will not only reduce energy consumption outright, but will also monitor energy consumption in real time, allowing modification of practices on the shop floor. Colormaker was recently asked to present at a Smart Energy Council webinar.

Local deliveries are powered by solar

The installation of the solar array was so successful that Colormaker purchased an Electric Vehicle to make local deliveries. They are also planning to purchase a second EV.

“We haven’t run through the numbers in detail yet, but it looks like replacing petrol with solar produced electricity is an even greater greenhouse gas abatement option than sending all surplus electricity back into the grid” advised Colormaker Industries MD, David Stuart.

Evolving to R-PET Recycled Packaging

Colormaker has ordered their first batch of 100% recycled PET (RPET) jars. Though more expensive than virgin PET, the company believes they need to play a role in providing an outlet for some of the tonnes of recyclable waste that is collected each year. The first PERMASET inks in RPET jars is expected to be released to market in February 2021.

Carbon Neutral by 2030

Given the success of these efforts, Colormaker is looking more actively at what they would need to do to be Carbon Neutral by 2030.  “We expect that we’ll utilise technologies that haven’t yet been imagined, let alone made commercially available, but it’s something that we are passionate about” noted Stuart.


Product and Manufacturing Innovation

The PERMATONE eco-friendly ink range is Approved by the Soil Association of the UK

The PERMASET water-based ink range (PERMASET AQUA, PERMASET SUPERCOVER, PERMATONE and PERMAPRINT Premium) are supported with dedicated R&D staff and research projects are directed towards exploring continuous product improvement in relation to organic and product performance.

Compost Challenge

PERMASET eco-friendly ink prints were recently subjected to a compost challenge by Melbourne yardage designer Ink and Spindle, and passed with flying colours:

PERMASET eco-friendly ink prints were put to a compost challenge.  All that remained of the screen printed pillow case was the zip!

The company continues to push boundaries through the adoption of best practice recycling, reduction in water use and sustainable manufacturing processes to deliver the most environmentally responsible products available to the screen printing trade.

With a lot going on behind the scenes, the launch of specific initiatives will be announced over the course of 2021.

PERMASET Manufacturer & Distributor in Australia: Colormaker Industries
Web: www.colormaker.com.au

PERMASET Trade Distributor in the UK: Steve Wood Services Ltd.
Web: www.steve-wood.co.uk

PERMASET Craft Distributor in the UK: West Design Products
Web: www.westdesignproducts.co.uk

PERMASET Distributor in the Rest of Europe: Atlantic Empire
Web: www.screenprinter.eu

PERMASET Distributor in USA: Armadillo Art
Web: www.permaset.com

PERMASET® INKS DO NOT CONTAIN OZONE DEPLETING CHEMICALS SUCH AS CFCS OR HCFCS. THEY ARE ALSO FORMULATED FREE OF AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS. PERMASET® IS FREE OF VOLATILE ORGANIC SOLVENT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN PVC RESIN OR PHTHALATE PLASTICISER

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