April '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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4 6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 2 0 W hether it's to meet compliance or just to do your part in working towards improved sustainability in our industry, most of us have been looking ahead to consider our best options when it comes to environmental responsibility. In this article, we'll look at a few places on your produc- tion floor where you may find some opportuni- ties to work towards better sustainability. When I try to zero in on where apparel decora- tors doing screen printing can improve their eco- efficiencies, the first things that come to mind are the garments we print on, the ink we use on those garments, and the chemistry used through- out the process. STARTING SOFT Let's jump in and start with the garments made accessible to us for printing. Apparel companies have spent years developing better offerings for you to choose from and have provided count- less articles and advertisements to educate you on these ever-growing options. You may notice that the bigger the company, the more options available, therefore, the more resources they have put into development and compliance. As decorators, we are often attracted to the underdog. Many of us started in garage or basement shops and are actively building our businesses, so it's natural that we would want to seek out other underdog companies to sup- Printing Greener HOW TO MAKE SCREEN PRINTING MORE EARTH FRIENDLY J O H N M A G E E By optimizing your screen- making process, less unexposed emulsion is sent down the drain. (All images cour- tesy the author)

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