Our Eco Ink Caps

We take greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere to make our ink caps!

The material used to make our ink caps is PLA (polylactic acid) - a unique biobased material that comes from plants instead of fossil-fuels, known as a biopolymer. The material is inspired by nature and the process of making it starts by using greenhouse gases, like atmospheric carbon, as a feedstock (raw material). Nature does this all the time, it’s what plants, entire forests, and even huge structures like coral reefs are built from.

“While we view carbon as a problem, nature views it as a resource and an essential building block.” 

- Bryony Schwan, The BioMimicry Institute

The feedstock used to make this biopolymer is derived from the most abundant, locally available and sustainable sources of biobased carbon, wherever it is produced. 100% annually renewable plant resources are used, such as cassava, corn starch, sugar cane, or beets.

“All feedstocks will have advantages and disadvantages, so the focus should be on committing to the continuous improvement of the best available feedstock option for that technology and sourcing region. “

- Erin Simon, Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance

The material our ink caps are made from, is made from plants, not oil, and the manufacturing process of it shows a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to that of traditional polymers, such as polystyrene - it uses approximately 80% less greenhouse gases and approximately 52% less energy.

Environmental features

  • Made from plants - not made from oil
  • Certified as industrially compostable
  • Sustainable - Made from 100% annually renewable resources
  • Can be made from any abundantly available sugar source
  • 80% less greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing
  • 52% less energy use during manufacturing
  • No genetically modified (GM) materials
  • Plastic free packaging that is 100% biodegradable and compostable
  • Manufactured in the UK by a bioplastic specialist
  • Stored and distributed by a green fulfilment company

Other features

  • Green tint to easily distinguish from regular non-eco products
  • Premium quality - no cheap, flimsy materials from China
  • Ridged edges for easier handling
  • Stable bottom
  • Available in sizes small (11mm) / medium (14mm) / large (17mm)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • BPA free

End-of-life options for our ink caps

End-of-life options will differ depending on the specific tattoo waste management regulations of your local area, and also the facilities available, so it is important to do your own research into this. We have tried our best to be as informative as possible about our products, so please do read our guides thoroughly so you can understand the materials your products are made of, what properties they have, and what your options are when it comes to disposal.

However, where you live dictates how you must dispose of your waste, so it’s important to remember that even if your ink caps or equipment coverings end up in landfill, they are still better in every way than their traditional fossil-fuel based plastics alternatives.

End-of-life options for your equipment coverings, and all of our packaging include;

  • Industrial composting
  • Recycling (at a facility with NIR sorting technology)
  • Incineration

The manufacturer

Our ink caps are manufactured in the UK in Daventry, Northamptonshire, by an environmentally conscious company that have a strong ethos on sustainability, and an eco-friendly approach to production.

“Environmental responsibility is very important to us and to our clients. This is why we proudly offer our environmentally friendly options when working with companies to develop their unique products.”

- Rowan Wilson, GCP

To reduce their environmental impact, they have been working on a set of ‘green’ measures;

  • They have solar panels installed to generate electricity to help power the factory
  • They utilise as much scrap and waste materials from the manufacturing processes as they can, by recycling it into other products
  • They also recycle the waste from the tooling process, including card, paper and metal
  • They have a in-house recycling scheme that is followed by all workers
  • Last year they replaced all of their lighting with LED to save energy

“We go the extra mile to provide an environmentally positive approach to manufacturing products. Our eco-friendly practices allow us to assist companies that are consistently looking for ways to improve their green policies and become more environmentally responsible. The ban on single use plastic bags and straws shows how the plastics industry needs to improve and develop ways to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We believe with these policies in place we are leading the way for other companies to follow suit.”

- Rowan Wilson, GCP

Another environmental credential of our products is that they are all manufactured in the UK, and are produced using just two manufacturers, and two materials. The same manufacturers also pack our products, avoiding even more greenhouse gas emissions by being transported to a separate packing facility. We wanted to reduce the amount of different companies, systems, transportation etc we used, in order to simplify the process, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. If everything is manufactured and packed in just two factories, using two materials, then the journeys that the products have to make from source to completion are reduced to a minimum, reducing the overall carbon footprint.

By manufacturing in the UK, we are supporting the UK manufacturing industry and ensuring fair wages for all workers. We can also guarantee the eco credentials of the materials, manufacturers, and products.

Material Certifications

  • “OK biobased” certification from Vinçotte - (Verification that 100% of the carbon in the biopolymer originates from renewable agricultural resources instead of oil)
  • USDA BioPreferred label
  • European standard EN13432 certification (OK compost INDUSTRIAL)
  • International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS - (Certifying the sustainable production of renewable raw materials including the certification of the chain of custody)
  • Working Landscape Certificates - (Certifying sustainable agricultural production for emerging biomaterials sectors, including the bioplastics industry)