Environmental Impact

PERMASET® inks are owned and made by Colormaker Industries, a boutique coatings manufacturer located on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.  Colormaker Industries embraces continuous improvement practices for a more sustainable future.  We are committed to the continual improvement of our environmental performance, recognising our obligations both locally and globally.

PERMASET manufactures environmentally responsible products

Manufacturing Environmentally Responsible Products

In considering sustainabilty when deciding to print, PERMASET® inks are the most environmentally responsible choice.

Colormaker’s PERMATONE® textile screen printing inks are Approved by the Soil Association of the UK under the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS 6.0) for use in Organic Textile processes. In 2012, PERMATONE® became the first ink from outside the UK to receive this approval. PERMATONE® inks have also passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard (with 60% to spare) and are safe to use on underwear, swimwear and even baby clothes.

The entire family of PERMASET® textile printing inks does not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFCs and HCFCs, aromatic hydrocarbons or any volatile solvents. They don’t contain lead or any heavy metals. PERMASET® inks do not contain any toxic chemicals at all, not even white spirits like other water-based inks on the market.

Our Water Based Inks Do Not Contain Toxic Chemicals

Most commercial screen printers print garments using plastisol inks, which are easy to use and last well. However, plastisol inks contain PVC and phthalates that are harmful to the environment and have been linked to numerous medical disorders. Plastisol inks also require the use of harmful solvents in the cleaning process. Water-based inks do not contain PVC or phthalates and you don’t need solvents to clean the screens down after they’ve been used – you can clean them up with water.

Our Inks are Vegan and GMO Free

PERMASET inks are vegan.  Our ingredients are not sourced from animals and our inks are not tested on animals.  In addition to this, all ingredients used in the manufacture of PERMASET® inks are sourced from plants which are certified GMO free.

Reduction in Water Use & Waste Sent to Landfill

Other Colormaker environmental initiatives include:

  • The use of LED lighting throughout the warehouse and office complex,
  • The treatment of waste water,
  • Recycling of paper, board and scrap metal,
  • Natural light throughout the factory and warehouse areas,
  • Installation of 356 Solar Panels on our factory and office complex roofs to power our manufacturing,
  • In fact 100% of our electricity comes from renewable resources.

Colormaker’s manufacturing is powered by a 356 panel solar array on the roof of the company buildings

PERMASET Inks are Made Using Sustainable Practices

Colormaker is committed to continually improving performance in this area and has recently installed Solar Power on our factory and office complex roof.  These solar panels generate enough energy to power our manufacturing and at peak times we export enough clean energy back into the grid to power 20 homes. Furthermore, the electricity Colormaker Industries produces saves the production of over 150 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.

Colormaker Industries was honoured to welcome Ms Zali Steggall OAM, federal member for Warringah, to launch our solar panel installation on Friday 27th September 2019.

Federal Member for Warringan, Ms Zali Steggall OAM, flicks the switch on the Colormaker Solar Panel Installation.

Read more about our solar panel installation project

Eliminating Harmful Raw Materials from our Manufacturing

Our solid commitment to research & development in eliminating harmful chemicals is testament to this continuing company objective. Our eco-responsible low-VOC technologies, utilised in the ACRYLMERIC® construction products and Colormaker House Paint ranges, are examples of our company values which mirror the increasing demand for environmentally sustainable coatings in response to growing public awareness and concern over the world’s ecosystem.

We have eliminated plastic beads from our paint manufacture to ensure these particles don’t make their way into the ocean to endanger fish and other precious sea-life.  Clouds of discarded microbeads make up a toxic debris that settles on river and ocean floors. Marine worms ingest these toxins and then, when they’re eaten by fish or other predators, the fish gobble up microbead poisons along with the worms. Then if people then eat those poisoned fish, they’re at serious risk of falling ill from the toxic residue too.

Community Support

Artist Kirsty Neilson painted these beautiful wings for Isabella Lombardo in her Northern Beaches backyard, using our SolarColor exterior house paints with UV protection.

Colormaker Industries provided PERMAPLASTIK® scenic paint for the St Augustines College mural in Brookvale, Sydney. Colormaker is passionate about supporting community. We regularly make donations to community and environmental causes such as The Lombardo Family in Frenchs Forest, school mural projects, Saint Luke’s Bayview Campus, Noah’s Ark in the “Shitbox Car Rally for The Cancer Council”, and Queensland Country Women’s Association whilst donating to underprivileged communities in Sydney, regional Australia and overseas.

Colormaker Industries supplied PERMAPLASTIK scenic painta to local school St Augustines College to paint their colourful mural.

Support of Janakpur Women’s Centre, Nepal

Delivering PERMASET inks via tuk-tuk to Janakpur in Nepal

Colormaker Industries supported textile artist Nellie Rose in her collaboration with the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre. Nellie Rose was awarded the British Council Artists International Development Award and has used her experience to teach screen printing workshops to Janakpur female artists in Nepal. Colormaker provided Nellie Rose and the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre with PERMASET inks for these important community workshops.

English fashion design student Nellie Rose taught the female artists of the Janakpur Womens Development Centre how to screen print using PERMASET eco-friendly inks

PERMASET Inks Choose Slow Consumption

Once cured PERMASET prints are durable and are wash, rub and dry-clean resistant, resulting in slow fashion which lasts not fast fashion.


As part of our commitment to help save the earth and Australia’s natural wonders, since 2015 Colormaker has supported the FREE THE REEF campaign to raise awareness about threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Colormaker provided our eco-friendly PERMASET® inks to the Free the Reef team to screen print t-shirts on their live screen printing tour around Australia.

FREE THE REEF commenced in 2015 using the power of art to raise awareness and vital funds needed to support the protection of the ‪Great Barrier Reef. Rallying businesses, artists and the community, the campaign aimed to strongly influence decision makers to create future proofing legislation that will free the reef from negative human interventions‬. This includes threats such as illegal fishing, climate pressure, marine debris, agricultural runoff, rapid industrialisation and inadequate legislation.

Some of the amazing t-shirt designs printed by the FREE THE REEF team

Colormaker supported the FREE THE REEF campaign by supplying PERMASET eco-friendly inks to screen print t-shirts and raise awareness for the cause on a live screen printing tour around Australia.

Live printing on the FREE THE REEF screen printing tour around Australia.

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