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Anytime you can recycle
things like paper and
cardboard, it helps reduce
waste. All photos courtesy of
Ryonet, Vancouver, Wash.

"[Running water] through a water-filtration
system not only makes the outgoing water
safer, it also prevents anything from clogging
up the drain," says Brett Bowden, president,
Printed Threads, Keller, Texas.
Bowden has a water-filtration system
connected to his automatic screen-cleaning
machine. It contains all the chemicals used
and prevents them from being released into
the air, and the filtration system removes the
worst of the contaminants before they go
down the drain.

Screen-Cleaning Chemicals
Using a process that prevents harmful chemicals from going down the drain is great
for the environment, but not necessarily
any safer for employees. Ensuring a process
that protects employee health involves first
using safer chemicals.
"Natural" screen-cleaning products
have been around for many years, with
new bio-product chemistry more recently
joining soy- and citrus-based alternatives.
Printers also should be aware that not all
green chemistry is specifically marketed as
such. This has been the case with many older
manufacturers that have highly sustainable
products. Therefore, it's important to discuss
with your manufacturer which of its products are more eco-conscious than others.
For those who really want to understand
what makes a chemical greener, the United
States Environmental Protection Agency
has a list of criteria for green chemistry,
which can be found at epa.gov.

Application Tips
In determining the sustainability of a process, consider how the chemical used therein
is applied to the screen.
For example, anything in an aerosol can
is not friendly to employees or the planet.
Spraying a product from a pressurized can
immediately disperses overspray into the air,
where it can be inhaled or eventually land on
a shop surface. The latter would create a film
that could thicken over time if that surface
isn't regularly cleaned, becoming a collection
spot for dust and lint.
Although an aerosol can is recyclable if
completely empty, most screen printers sim-

Another advantage of using a
liquid platen adhesive is you
don't have to use as much as spray
adhesive. After a job is complete,
reactivate the existing glue with
water and simply scrub the
surface.

Instead of spray adhesive for
platens, consider using platen
adhesive glue, which is poured
from a bottle onto the platen
and then spread around using
a small squeegee.

A business can be "green,"
yet not sustainable.

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Impressions - February 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Impressions - February 2017

Impressions - February 2017
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
What Powers Plackets?
What Being ‘Green’ Means
Critical Customer Training
Walking a New Path
Shop Talk
Embroidery Production
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Heat Printing
Ad Index/Online Directory
Classifieds
Impressions - February 2017 - CT1
Impressions - February 2017 - CT2
Impressions - February 2017 - Impressions - February 2017
Impressions - February 2017 - Cover2
Impressions - February 2017 - 1
Impressions - February 2017 - Contents
Impressions - February 2017 - 3
Impressions - February 2017 - 4
Impressions - February 2017 - 5
Impressions - February 2017 - First Impressions
Impressions - February 2017 - 7
Impressions - February 2017 - From the Show Director
Impressions - February 2017 - 9
Impressions - February 2017 - Overheard
Impressions - February 2017 - 11
Impressions - February 2017 - 12
Impressions - February 2017 - 13
Impressions - February 2017 - First Look
Impressions - February 2017 - 15
Impressions - February 2017 - 15a
Impressions - February 2017 - 15b
Impressions - February 2017 - Scene at ISS
Impressions - February 2017 - 17
Impressions - February 2017 - 18
Impressions - February 2017 - On Design
Impressions - February 2017 - What Powers Plackets?
Impressions - February 2017 - 21
Impressions - February 2017 - 22
Impressions - February 2017 - 23
Impressions - February 2017 - What Being ‘Green’ Means
Impressions - February 2017 - 25
Impressions - February 2017 - 26
Impressions - February 2017 - 27
Impressions - February 2017 - Critical Customer Training
Impressions - February 2017 - 29
Impressions - February 2017 - Walking a New Path
Impressions - February 2017 - 31
Impressions - February 2017 - 32
Impressions - February 2017 - 33
Impressions - February 2017 - Shop Talk
Impressions - February 2017 - 35
Impressions - February 2017 - 36
Impressions - February 2017 - 37
Impressions - February 2017 - Embroidery Production
Impressions - February 2017 - 39
Impressions - February 2017 - Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Impressions - February 2017 - 41
Impressions - February 2017 - Sublimation
Impressions - February 2017 - 43
Impressions - February 2017 - 44
Impressions - February 2017 - 45
Impressions - February 2017 - Direct-To-Garment
Impressions - February 2017 - 47
Impressions - February 2017 - Heat Printing
Impressions - February 2017 - 49
Impressions - February 2017 - Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - February 2017 - Classifieds
Impressions - February 2017 - 52
Impressions - February 2017 - Cover3
Impressions - February 2017 - Cover4
Impressions - February 2017 - I1
Impressions - February 2017 - I2
Impressions - February 2017 - I3
Impressions - February 2017 - I4
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