Since Today is Earth Day, it seemed like a good day to include eco friendly backing in our Backing Basics series. As has been explained in the past, backing is made up of polyester fibers and viscose, which is the filler that holds the poly fibers together. Environmentally friendly backing is made the same way, it is just the content that is different. Eco friendly backing is made up of recycled plastic fibers and wood pulp or recycled cardboard. The quality of the backing is still high, but the impact on the planet is much less.
If you are interested in reducing the impact of your backing use, here are some backing options you may want to consider.
Biodegradable Tearaway Backing – This backing is designed using only natural fibers which are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. This backing breaks down into individual fibers when agitated in water, alleviating the need to dispose of excess backing. This backing has been engineered to been engineered to pass biodegradability tests NF U52-001 or ISO 17556 and ASTM D6094-97 test.
Hydro-Stick Adhesive Backing – This adhesive backing activates with water. It eliminates the need for aerosol adhesive sprays, and has an all natural adhesive. This backing also virtually eliminates the gummy residue that can accumulate on needles and embroidery machine parts.
Badgemaster – This backing/topping is a translucent, water soluble, embroidery film. It is ideal for applique and for embroidery on stretch fabrics like Lycra. Embroidery can be sewn directly into the film, so no fabric is required. Badgemaster is biodegradable and non-toxic.
EnMart is always on the look-out for products and methods that can help us be more environmentally friendly. To learn more about we’ve been doing, please read our post “Eco-Friendly EnMart“.