Apparel Graphic Academy

Is Tee shirt ink safe for children?

There are two main types of ink used to print tee shirts and children’s apparel. Decosource used water based ink.

  • Plastisol
  • Waterbased

Plastisol ink

  • Produces very vibrant colors and is very popular with screen printers. There are several reasons to be cautious when using this type of ink.
  • The ink made from Poly Vinal Cholride which contains carcinogenic compounds.
  • It is not recommended for youth under 12 years of age
  • The carcinogenic compounds continue to be released after printing is completed
  • Must be cleaned with solvents which are chemicals

Water Based Inks

  • Meets the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for children’s apparel
  • Manufacturing equipment can be cleaned with soap and water
  • Biodegradable and Healthy for Consumers
  • All apparel printed with water based ink is 100% safe

Decosource is the leader in consumer safe ink for children. All our inks are safe you children and meet all governmnt safety standards


Jim Mickelson DGT expert