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    Green Practices

    Sustainable, Organic & Recycled

    Sustainable, organic and recycled are all healthier options for our environment than standard synthetic materials. In the apparel decoration industry, we most frequently use these terms when discussing the fabric or garments we will be decorating, however, they can also refer to practices, processes, and other materials in the shop.

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    ORGANIC: Material made from natural fibers, free of chemicals and/or pesticides. Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.

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    SUSTAINABLE: Material that is completely biodegradable, returning to and nourishing the earth.

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    RECYCLED: Created using waste, discarded materials, or excess. Using recycled material applies to the practice of sustainability in that the product doesn’t return to the earth at all, but is instead put back to use creating zero waste.

    Green Business

    Impacting the environment in only positive ways is a huge initiative at Sharprint. We put a focus on learning about new products and practices to lessen our footprint on the universe. Our goal is to make improvements every day, week, month and year until we are a completely sustainable contributor.

    Curent Practices:

    • Replacing dangerous thinners and solvents with a product that is citrus-based and completely safe for body contact and disposal.
    • Plastic ink waste is processed with other solvent wastes and sold as a byproduct used to make roofing tar - an alternative to landfills.
    • Seeking and building relationships with companies that develop and distribute sustainable, organic, and/or recycled apparel.
    • Researching 100% organic plant based, ink preservation, and ink recycling.
    • 100% Phthalate Free
    • Becoming certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. sgppartnership.org
    • Participating in an energy audit by our utility companies.
    • We have formed a sustainable committee within the company.
    • The sustainable committee communicates a "Green Tip" each month to promote awareness and change.
    • Tracking energy consumption and costs.
    • Our office copy paper is 100% post-consumer recycled fiber paper and is chlorine free.
    • Using Google documents whenever possible to share forms, spreadsheets and other documents to avoid printing paper.
    • Supplying company with misprinted aluminum bottles to reduce plastic bottle and cup waste.
    • Start up air compressor every 15 minutes to avoid a daily energy spike.
    • Save and re-use cardboard boxes instead of purchasing new.
    • The company vehicles are hybrid to promote energy efficiency.
    • Planting and placing plant in and around the shop.
    • Sell or donate misprinted, defective or problem garments to organizations that can put them to good use.

    Fabrics You Should Know

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    Organic Cotton

    To be accredited as organic, cotton farmers must adhere to strict guidelines prohibiting pesticides and chemical fertilizers. If all the cotton in the world were grown organically, the use of insecticides could be reduced by 25 percent!

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    Bamboo

    Fast-growing bamboo is a favorite because it regenerates rapidly without the use of pesticides. Material made from bamboo fiber is soft to the touch and naturally anti-bacterial.

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    Soy

    Soy fabrics re-use a byproduct of soy products (i.e. soy milk, soybean oil, tofu, etc) to create a material with a look and feel similar to silk.

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    Hemp

    A pound of hemp fiber uses a fraction of the water needed to grow a pound of cotton and doesn’t require pesticides. The hemp plant is harvested for its fibers, seed, seed meal and seed oil and can be spun and woven in a fine, crisp, linen-like fabric.

    A Beginner's Guide To Company Apparel

    Custom company apparel can benefit your business in a variety of ways. Branding your uniforms, t-shirts, or promotional apparel with personality can help develop a strong company image that people will remember.

    This guide is a primer for the main points to consider when ordering custom company clothing and how to start the process.

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