While others see printed shirts as environmentally damaging apparel, most of the time it’s not. You can see here that T-shirt printing is not as harmful as it used to be. Back then and even until now, there are widespread concerns about how unsafe it is to wear one due to potentially toxic chemicals. These chemicals such as lead, Formaldehyde, and Phthalates which have been not linked to cancer. So, it’s not surprising that people would be wary of what they wear.
However, as people are becoming more environmentally #woke, products that are eco-friendly and sustainable have been popping out here and there. If it’s right up in your alley but you don’t know where to start, this article will guide you. Here are some tips to help you get immersed with custom t-shirts in an eco-friendly way.
Right now, many eco-friendly shirts are sold in the market. All, you have to do is choose what kind of shirt you want. Listed below are some of the popular choices.
Organic cotton shirts are safer to wear because they’re pesticide-free and easier to wash. Simultaneously, cotton shirts are hypoallergenic and durable so it lasts a long time.
Bamboo-based apparels are soft to touch and is more absorbent than cotton. These kinds of shirts are perfect for winter and summer.
Also known as Lyocell shirts, it is a great choice for t-shirt printing. It’s compatible with most water-based inks and is blended with cotton, produces a lustrous silky feeling.
Select a sustainable printing technique
Water-based screen printing
Rather than opting for plastisol inks, try using water-based ink. Even though plastisol inks are inexpensive and good for mass production, there is still a risk of PVC and phthalate mixing in with your shirt. Water-based ink, however, is a greener alternative. Output wise, printed shirts using water-based inks produce a softer and sharper print and at the same time is more durable.
Besides, water-based inks are easier to clean and much less messy than plastisol.
Opt for environment-friendly packaging
Since you’re going green, then make sure you are consistent. Whether you’re starting a printing business or just handing your shirts as gifts, don’t forget to wrap them up nicely and sustainably.
Instead of buying new gift wrappers or bags, you can recycle the ones you may have kept in your drawers. If you’re doing business, make sure that the suppliers you’re working with have the same vision and beliefs as you have.
Ensure proper filtration systems
Never drain your wastewater down the drain. Well, not directly. Invest in a proper filtration system. Even though you’re using toxic-free materials, it doesn’t mean that when it’s mixed with other chemicals, it would stay the same. So, make sure to properly observe proper waste disposal so as not to harm other people.
It’s good to be environmentally aware and involved. Not only can you benefit from it but also your loved ones and potential customers as well. Being creative and being eco-friendly can be done at the same time. Printing eco-friendly shirts not only makes you look good (businesswise and reputation-wise), but look good as well.