Tencel and bamboo-based fabrics and environmentally friendly printing techniques were among those most requested by clients of customised clothing firm Garment Printing last year.

It reported a 47% year-on-year rise in overall enquires, with multinational corporate and start-up companies and fashion houses showing greatest interest in eco-friendly printing and products. The most popular socially or corporately responsible fabrics chosen by their clients were bamboo and Tencel. The company said the majority of the completed T-shirt printing work was on the Tencel and bamboo fabrics from various ranges offered by ecological clothing manufacturer, Continental Clothing.

Around 30% of corporate and socially responsible T-shirt printing and customising work undertaken by Garment Printing last year used water based screen-printing, as it was seen as the technique with the lowest carbon footprint. The technique uses ecological friendly water-based inks that are rapidly taken up into the garment’s material.

Continental Clothing, which supplied 95% of the ecological and fair-trade garments used by Garment Printing will be releasing new Tencel and cotton blend fabrics garment ranges aimed specifically at the male casual fashion market.

Garment Printing said it is anticipating a higher interest in Tencel during 2015 as manufacturers have reacted well to feedback from printing companies to extend their men's clothing ranges.