A lighter touch
At Camira, we try to integrate sustainability and environmental considerations into all aspects of our supply chain, from sourcing fully traceable wool in New Zealand to collaborating with our polyester supplier to develop closed loop recycled yarns manufactured using our own waste material. It’s not just about the raw materials and processes we use to manufacture our textiles, these considerations form part of our wider business philosophy.
An example of this is our partnership with environmental printers Seacourt. Producing brochure and sample cards is an important part of telling the Camira story but it shouldn’t mean that we use unsustainable materials to do this. Like Camira, Seacourt are winners of the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for their leadership in environmental printing and have just been awarded it for the third time. The traditional printing industry is ranked as having the same environmental risk as mining, nuclear and oil, yet one company is breaking the mould. Seacourt combine a waterless printing technique with the world’s first LED drying technology. The ‘LightTouch’ process completely removes the need for chemicals and water, only requiring VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) free ink. By cutting these elements out of the process Seacourt have been able to save eight million litres of fresh water in ten years. In 2009 they also became the world’s first zero waste to landfill printers, mirroring our own achievements in waste management.
Gareth Dinnage, Managing Director of Seacourt commented: “Our focus for the last 20 years has been on helping our clients to produce the highest quality printed materials with the lightest possible environmental footprint. We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Camira. Our close working relationship has seen us help to re-engineer their sampling process, reduce costs and time taken to market, further reduce their environmental footprint and deliver enhanced quality materials which show their innovative range of products to the highest quality.”
Whether it’s textile manufacturing or printing, working with like-minded businesses is key to minimising environmental impact and ensuring sustainable development. Seacourt’s revolutionary process was recently featured in the Spring feature of The Guardian’s supplement MyGreenPod.com which shares news about green and ethical products. Learn more about their process at seacourt.net