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Ocean plastic in new graphics fabric

Durst water-based, odourless inks and one-step-printing of SustainaTex Ocean bring new dimensions to signage.

6th August 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Ranklin Park, IL, USA

Sustainable, Industrial

Graphics and signage specialist Moss, headquartered in Ranklin Park, Illinois, continues to expand its sustainable product range with the launch of SustainaTex Ocean – a fabric blend produced from upcycled marine plastic, post-consumer waste and recycled polyester.

The company has joined the Seaqual Initiative, a community working with ocean clean-up programmes worldwide to transform recovered marine litter into upcycled marine plastic.

“Moss is exclusively launching a fully sustainable silicon edge graphic (SEG) with reclaimed ocean plastic as part of our alliance with the Seaqual Initiative,” said Moss president and CEO Jason Popp. “SustainaTex Ocean contains Seaqual yarn which is made from both marine plastic and post-consumer waste from land sources – ultimately creating a graphic with 100% recycled content. Also, going forward in Europe and the US, we are only shipping in bags made from 100% recycled content that are fully recyclable.”

Graphics produced on the fabrics will be the most sustainable synthetics in the industry as they combine post-consumer plastic, upcycled marine plastic and Oeko-Tex compliant dye sublimation inks from Durst Group, headquartered in Brixen, Italy.

“Partnering with Moss has allowed us to match our water-based, odourless inks and our one-step-printing process with materials that are equally aware of their impact on the environment,” said Andrea Riccardi, head of product management at Durst Group. “Our ability to work with the Moss team at its graphic imaging centre of innovation has been instrumental in developing cutting-edge sustainable solutions.”

“In choosing SustainaTex Ocean, you are helping improve our environment,” said Popp. “We now offer a sustainable graphic solution that provides the same level of impactful branding, and at the same time, contributes to plastic clean-up. For every square foot of material in SustainaTex Ocean, an equivalent of 2.26 plastic bottles are being saved from oceans and landfills.”

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