We can define the Ecological Footprint as an indicator that relates the human demand for a natural resource with the regeneration capacity of this same resource that the earth currently has.
If we calculate the day on which humanity consumes all the resources that the earth is capable of regenerating in a year, we obtain the “overshoot day”, or “overcapacity” day.
In 2019, the overshoot day was reached on July 29. At the end of the year, humanity consumed the resources capable of being regenerated by 1.75 planets Earth.
In the last 20 years this date has been advanced 2 months.
In 2020, however, due to inactivity caused by COVID-19, the overshoot day took place on August 22. The resources consumed by humanity were equivalent to 1.6 planets Earth. 9.3% less than the previous year.
If we delayed 5 days each year, in the year 2050 we would once again live within the limits of this planet.
The environmental impact of the textile sector, the second most polluting in the world according to the United Nations, can be seen in the following figures:
- Water consumption: 93 million m3 per year. The consumption of 5 million people
- Water pollution: 500,000 tons of microfibers dumped into the sea. They can end up in the food chain.
- Greenhouse gases: 10% of global CO2 emissions. Greater than international flights and ocean shipments combined.
- Waste generated: Every second an amount of textiles equivalent to a garbage truck is buried or burned
Given this scenario, it is necessary to adopt measures to implement more sustainable processes. The main textile brands are already modifying the approval criteria of their suppliers, demanding processes that reduce the environmental impact of their activity. The commitment to the environment has led CRESA to offer solutions based on new technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the textile industry, such as Digital Printing.
The environmental impact of digital textile printing, with respect to traditional printing, can be seen in the following figures:
- Water discharges: -60%
- Water consumption: -69%
- Water-saving: 80%
- Carbon footprint reduction: 40%
CRESA’s range of Reactive and Pigmentary inks for digital textile printing is the proposal for a technological conversion that reduces the environmental impact of the printing process in the textile sector.
These are our objectives:
- Reduction of total Nitrogen in the effluent, derived from the use of a lower amount of Urea in the pre-treatment for digital printing with reactive inks
- Improvement of the fastness to washing of fabrics printed with pigment inks, making them more appropriate for the fashion market
- Pigment ink set suitable for the main brands of printheads used in the textile sector that ensures good machine operation and very good fastness
CRESA products for digital textile printing:
- CRESAMIN range for the pre and post treatment of fabrics that are to be digitally printed with any type of inks
- KZR and DTX Reactive Ink Sets
- CRESAMIN HV and LV pigment ink sets
For more information consult our technical team