Epson's idea of sustainability? A journey involving values and strategies
Epson has always been a leader in the field of digital printing, a technology that has real and undeniable advantages in terms of environmental impact. The core business and all the sustainability certifications earned by Epson reflect this commitment, including when it comes to industrial printing on fabric. By now, it is universally recognised that inkjet printing has great potential for speeding up and personalising the production of fabrics to meet the demands of an increasingly dynamic market. But how much does this technology contribute to reducing the environmental impact of textile processing? Saving water and energy, avoiding waste, and reducing contaminants in wastewater, all combine to give digital printing an important role in the development of a production and economic system that is more attentive to environmental protection. Today, following the pandemic period, the textile market is ready to move forward, strong in the belief that technologies based on versatility and flexibility make the companies that use them more resilient and that the steps taken to make inkjet printing more sustainable and qualitatively competitive put textile manufacturers in the best possible position to work in a market that is increasingly fragmented and demanding in terms of time-to-market.
As proof of Epson's commitment to the environment, in October 2021, the Monna Lisa Carbon-Neutral Printing initiative was launched, a programme aiming to offset the carbon footprint of every Monna Lisa operating on the market. Carbon neutrality was achieved both through the cancellation of the Gold Standard carbon credits generated by a wind farm project in India and, in parallel, with the planting of zero km trees in a park north of Milan in collaboration with Rete Clima, all activities initiated in 2020/2021 and then renewed for 2022/2023. Lastly, there was Acimit's Green Label certification, dedicated to associated companies' textile machinery. This document aims at identifying and making easily comprehensible the energy and environmental performance of a textile machine, with reference to a process chosen by the manufacturer as a comparison parameter.