Not an easy task, but certainly worthwhile ...
Our projects are US based, and we try to use as many US made components as possible; shame we gave away our 'goods' and now can't make some very basic components in the US! Oh, well; onward and upward. But we do our best and offer many truly 100% Eco-programs. What can create for you?
Making it in America
TOXIC PROCESSES; "I REALIZED THIS WAS AN UNNECESSARY RISK TO TAKE..."
"My first encounter with the toxic "enemy" came about during a visit to a supplier to the banner trade, a wide format printing company; you know, the ones that make those huge banners for ball parks and events. I was the Marketing Director for a digital printing company in NY and went to visit this printer down in the Carolinas. We toured the plant, and on my way out, I quickly passed through an open 'warehouse' size room, skirting the edges of several over-sized banners lying on the floor. A young man was applying a coating with a long-handled squeegie, a solvent use to coat and maintain the printing. He wore no protective gear, but the room was 'open' and appeared to be ventilated.
I left the building and headed out to the airport in my rental car. I didn't make it 1 mile before I realized I was completely 'stoned' and getting dizzy. Pulling over into a gas station, I was barely able to negotiate a wide turn or park the car, actually hitting a post and struggling to maintain control of the vehicle.
Realizing the toxic effect I was feeling came from the short walk through the 'ventilated' coating room of the printing plant, I stayed put for some time as the effects dissipated...
Thinking of this all the way home, I realized this was an unnecessary risk to take for the sake of signage, and that better, safer processes had to be available. Since digital printing did not have to involve solvent inks (since then, many have become more Eco-friendly) and the basis for most digital inks were non-toxic aqueous compositions, the missing link was the substrate, or textile, to print on.
Unlike banner printers at that time, I looked to the hospitality industry for the perfect Eco-textile - and found it..."
Victoria D'Angelo, Founder
MY STORY & WHY WE BEGAN
Our textiles utilize recycled plastic bottles, rPET coverted into basic woven textile fabrics able to be printed with environmentally-friendly water based (aqueous) digital inks and low energy procesesses. We don't create VOC's or other pollutants, including no waste water, which is normally associated with fabric printing processes.