April '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 8 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R || 53 find, it might not be the wisest choice. For example, at one point I looked into switching shrink wrap used to wrap skids for shipping. The product that was origi- nally used was the least expensive sold, but to secure the pallet properly so the boxes of shirts wouldn't shift in transit, it took three or four wraps around the boxes to lock them down. Using a supplier partner, a stronger and stretchier shrink wrap was found. It only had to go around the skid once to secure it. It cost more, but it saved both on material and labor. Start asking that same question you used with your sustainability committee when you started your program. "Why" are we using this product? Is there a better per- forming one available? Can it be sourced locally? Your supply chain can help you not only determine if you can find better prod- ucts to use, but also if you are using them properly. Often, training may be available at their location or even in your shop. REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE Otherwise known as the three "Rs," these are standards of any sustainability pro- gram, and usually at the forefront of what most people think. Let's look at these one at a time. Reduce: Can you reduce the amount of anything you are using? For example, by using properly tensioned screens with the right EOM, off-contact on press, and prop- er squeegee durometer, angle, and speed, you may not have to double stroke your ink to get the opacity you are seeking. By ensuring your technique is sound, you can reduce the amount of ink used in the print. Sustainability lives in the technique of do- ing things correctly. You can also reduce what you use by ex- amining if there is a better way to do some- thing. For instance, if you are still mailing out invoices to customers, switching to

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