Learn about Sustainable Printing Methods for T-Shirts,Textiles and other Materials.

Learn about Sustainable Printing Methods for T-Shirts, Textiles, and other Materials

Here at ‘’Colman and Company, we care about the planet (and the life that’s on this planet) just as much as you do!

So, our equipment is designed with that in mind. We know we’re in this together, and guess what? Our choices matter, your choices matter. And guess where the power to make a difference is? Yep, literally in your hands.

Traditional vs Ecological Printing Methods

Perhaps we should begin by looking back at not-so-distant ways of printing that we used to use all the time. That way, we can appreciate how far we’ve come.

Back then, it was all about traditional solvent-based printing, and a whole lot of waste. In other words, the environmental impact that would have on our planet wasn’t exactly what people had on their minds.

It was a simpler life back in the day… and it was more about getting the job done than anything else, really.

Fast forward to today, and we’ve got whole new ecological printing methods and practices on our hands! That has basically revolutionized the product decoration industry.

Let’s take a look at some of these commercially cleaner (and safer) printing methods and their eco-friendly aspects.

1. Water-Based Printing: (DTF Direct-to-Film)

To give you an idea of what water-based printing is, let’s put it in the context of a widely used printing technology; Direct-to-Film (DTF).

This printer is used for creating high-quality, full-color transfers that can be applied to a variety of surfaces, including apparel like T-shirts.

And thus circling back to the water-based printing—this printer typically uses so-called water-based inks to produce your designs.

The direct result of that are these effects:

So, this was the first climate-friendly printing method, next up, let’s look at direct-to-garment (DTG) printing.

2. Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Printing:

If you’ve read the headline above, and still need some help wrapping your head around it, let us give you a quick refresher of what direct-to-garment printing is.

In DTF printing, your design is first printed onto a special PET transfer film. After that, it’s coated with a unique adhesive powder and heat-pressed onto your garment. Direct-to-garment printing, on the other hand, takes a simpler approach with fewer steps to get your design onto the fabric:

Here, ink is directly sprayed onto the garment. But before that, a pre-treatment is applied to help the ink bond with the fabric. Next, you’d mount the garment on a platen, and only then the design gets sprayed with water-based inks onto the fabric.

Pretty simple, right? But it gets even better when you stack all of the ‘’green’’ benefits together:

We’re not done yet—there’s more to talk about! So let’s get into the next sustainable printing method.

3. Dye-Sublimation Printing:

What is dye-sublimation printing and how is it different from other methods?

Well, to give you a brief explanation… dye sublimation is a printing method that uses a combination of specially coated transfer paper, dye inks, your fabric, and heat to create images that are pretty close in quality to photographic prints.

This may sound like a mouthful, but it’s a lot simpler to understand and grasp by working with it in real life.

The specially coated transfer paper plays a crucial role in this method.

Unlike regular paper, this coating is designed to absorb the dye inks during the printing process and then release them as a gas when exposed to heat.

And of course, all this comes with planet-friendly benefits:

And while we’re in the neighborhood… sooner or later you’ll be looking for t-shirt blanks too, right? Why don’t we take a look and see which ones are worth to get?

4. Recycled and Sustainable Materials:

If you’ve made it this far down the page, bravo! You’re a real climate change enthusiast!

We’ve covered various sustainable printing methods already, but there are a few more things we’d like to add.

Namely, wholesale eco-friendly (and organic) blanks. Arguably everyone’s favorite thing right now.

So, what are they, what benefits do they provide to our mother nature, and where can they be found?

Without boring you with details until you fall into a deep sleep, wholesale blanks are the raw materials you use before printing on any design or image.

By choosing eco-friendly blanks, you contribute to reducing the overall carbon footprint associated with the products you create.

Whether it’s clothing, promotional items, or other merchandise, the materials you choose today can shape a greener and more sustainable tomorrow.

Luckily, we’re just the place where you can get them at the right price.

Here are the highlights of recycled and sustainable t-shirt (or other) blanks:

Now, before we wrap this up, we’ve got one last thing to discuss—responsible production practices.

5. Responsible Production Practices

While there isn’t a single ‘right way’ to do something, there are more environmentally friendly methods for producing and selling your custom creations.

Let’s go through some of these responsible practices we’ve got listed below.

Oh, and while these practices are not particularly new, they’ve shown to be effective at minimizing and controlling the unwanted effects your custom apparel decoration business might have on the environment.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, as you came to learn, your choices matter—every one of them!

From the gear you choose to the stuff you use, all the way to how you handle waste and ship out your products. It all adds up!

So, if you’re looking to make a positive impact on your business and the environment, consider incorporating these sustainable printing methods that we discussed today.

These methods prioritize sustainability by minimizing water usage, reducing chemicals and waste, and using eco-friendly inks and materials.

That said, grab what makes sense for you from this article and give it a shot in your business, whether it’s already up and running or still in the works.

We’re in this together!

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