Screen-printing shops today usually use plastisol inks, water based inks, and sometimes hazardous chemicals for cleaning and reclaiming.
Plastisol ink creates vibrant long-lasting prints and, because of its versatility, it is the predominant type of ink used in the screen-printing industry. Plastisol is produced using PVC and plastic agents derived from petroleum. Since plastisol ink is derived from oil many eco-conscious people that care about global warming, pollution, and environmental degradation want alternatives. Water-based inks are sometimes considered more environmentally responsible than plastisol inks but aren't always produced with green practices in mind.
Soy-based ink is a great alternative to traditional plastisol printing. It produces the same kind of vibrant prints, the ink will keep quality after repeated washing over time like plastisol ink, and is versatile enough to print on shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, tote bags, koozies, and many more items. The other great thing about soy-based ink is that it’s derived from a renewable plant based source… a soy bean!
Another reason to use soy-based ink is that CREAM now stocks a full spectrum of soy-based ink colors in our effort to make our shop greener for customers, our community, and for ourselves.
At CREAM, we're already committed to the use of green and eco-friendly cleaning products for ink and screen reclamation. We also use recycled cotton rags to clean and dispose of excess ink, so it is kept out of our waste water system. Besides using soy-based ink, and eco-cleaning practices we have multiple eco-conscious options for garments to print on as well, such as organic cotton items and materials made from recycled plastic fibers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org , call (520) 329-2594 or click the button below to start a quote.