Believing What You Read (or not…)

Two quick points on this cover of this issue of ECOTEXTILE: 1. ECOTEXTILE is an excellent source for information on the sustainability end of the business. You can get headlines via email for free or subscribe for the full articles.  2. There lead article this month make a great point regarding sustainability, both environmental and labor claims should be verified. In Eco terms, folks often call it
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Happy Earth Day!

April 22 is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day! Earth Day started in 1970. There are some real great proponents of environmentalism in our industry. Some simple advice on Earth Day: – use the greenest products you can and when you use them, do it responsibly. A great example is to use roll adhesive which will actually save you money besides reducing aerosol use. – look
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Canvas Tote Bag Printing – Some Basics and Some Tricks

There are a wide variety of types of canvas bags out there in the world. They are all waiting to be decorated by the screenprinter. There are specifications of all the fabrics in terms of weight, weave, etc. In my many years of buying canvas totes and even working directly with companies that are manufacturing bags : in plain English, it is mostly bullshit. In
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ISS Long Beach – Green Products and Organics

We’ll do a longer post after the show, but check out some environmental products if you are still at the Long Beach ISS show: American Apparel has baby shirts that are organic and other organic items as well. Econscious has organic shirts, hats and my favoite of their products, really nice organic hoodies. Rutland Ink has a new line of inks called Eko which is
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The Ink Kitchen goes to FESPA Digital 2014– part five: Environmental Approach

Why a car in an environmental post? We rented this Audi A1 to make our factory tours while at the FESPA in Germany. Great sporty car, no problem doing 110 MPH or more on the Autobahn. However, its diesel engine also had this baby getting almost 60 miles per gallon. It also has innovative environmental features such as the energy from braking going back into the car’s
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Web Wednesday – Continental Clothing

This sign for the Fair Wear Foundation was outside a t-shirt shop selling pretty typical tourist shirts in Heidelberg Germany. I asked the owner about the Fair Trade shirts and whether any consumers there cared about that. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “yes, of course.” I think that in the USA we have quite a ways to go in terms
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Tee-rrific Tuesday #1

Yesterday we started a new weekly feature called “Mis-Print Monday” where we celebrate the positives that can come out of the worst of circumstances.  Today we start “Tee-Riffic Tuesday”, where we share a feel-good success story… aaaah.  I’ll start it off with one straight from the heart of yours truly: Last spring the Marketing Director from our favorite local natural foods co-op (one of our very first
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