Blog Home Compliance Updates Call to Compliance: ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®
Compliance Updates, InkDecember 7, 2022

Call to Compliance: ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

Compliance Updates, Ink
Comments (0)
SB Eco Series for Apparel Tags

Next up in our Call to Compliance blog series is the SB Eco Series Ink line, highlighting its ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Certification. Check out the first post in the series on our main site, Call to Compliance: MagiCoat® and next post, Call to Compliance: Migration Testing on BB Ink to keep up with our series.  For this article we will explore SB Eco Series Ink in depth all while learning more the considerations that happened behind the scenes.

SB Eco Series Pad Printing Ink Overview

The SB Eco Series Pad Printing Ink is truly a unique ink. This eco-friendly ink is one of the most sustainable garment inks available on the market today, and offers the same flexibility and versatility as its counterparts. Print on a wide variety of fabrics without cracking while still displaying soft-hand properties.

The SB Eco Series adheres to 98% of fabrics, including but not limited to: cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, nylon, poly blends, leather, synthetic leather, rubber, and more.  Examples of applications perfect for SB Eco Inks includes t-shirts, active wear, uniforms, and underwear. With a wide variety of colors available, SB Eco Series is a great choice for apparel manufacturers.

How we got here

From start to finish sustainability is always on the minds of those of us who work at Inkcups. Processes, products, and inks alike are created with the future in mind. Compliance is key. An entire collection of compliance documents can be found in our Resources section of the website.

The SB Eco Series adheres to and passes some of the strictest compliance regulations put out by major organizations and brands.

  • Eco-Passport
  • CLP/GHS (EC 1272/2008)
  • EN 71-3 Reach (EC 1907/2006)
  • RoHS ISO DIS 6330
  • Adidas RSL
  • Nike RSL
  • Puma RSL

RSL, known as Restricted Substance List, is a list of chemicals and other substances that the major brands (like Adidas, Nike, and Puma) do not allow in the materials they are working with.

Additionally, this line of ink  is classified as non-toxic and made with pigments free of heavy metals. SB Eco Series, as the name implies, is eco-sustainable meaning, it does not contain:

  • Alogens
  • Animal origin ingredients
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Azo dyes Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Cyclohexanone
  • Formaldehyde
  • G-B ester
  • Latex
  • Melamine
  • PAH
  • Persistent organic pollutants
  • Phthalates

ECO Passport Certification

Inkcups’ pad printing SB Eco Series line has 25 different colored inks that have been granted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification. This certification is active until January 31, 2023, granted for a year at a time as ECO PASSPORT updates the banned substances, revisits the limit values, and aligns according to new scientific findings and requirements.

Find the SB Eco Series certification here: ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

What is Eco Passport Certification?

“ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is an independent certification system for chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used in the textile and leather industry. During a multistep process, we analyse whether each individual ingredient in the chemical product meets the statutory requirements and that it is not harmful to human health. Both brands and manufacturers value the ECO PASSPORT as credible proof of sustainable textile and leather production. ” Source:

This certification is invaluable as it also gives transparent proof of exactly which articles meet the criteria for ecologically responsible leather and textile manufacture. To have a bit of fun, visit their website to find out other brands that are also on board and deemed suitable suppliers and reliable sources of materials at OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide.

Tune in with Joe Shairs, Ink Manger, to find out more:


For more information, contact us today. 

Back to Blog Home
Previous Post
November 17, 2022

Printing on Jackets with the ICN-200

Applications, Pad Printers
Comments (0)
Next Post
Comments (0)

Add Your Comment

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.