The days of our factory floor smelling like harmful petrochemicals are over. Instead our shelves are stocked with environmentally friendly soy-based products and water-based inks. These products matched with our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle programme ensures that we have the environment at the heart of everything we do.
Anything we cannot reuse, we recycle. It sounds simple, and to be honest it is.
We have cardboard and paper, soft plastics, and general waste bins in each of our production areas. In our office we have all of the above as well as a glass bin and a compost for our coffee grinds and suitable food wastes. We work with an awesome local company, Doubt Not Compost who collect our compost on a weekly basis and compost it at a commercial level and then sell it locally.
We educate and empower our staff to make better decisions at their workplace and teach them about practices they can implement outside of The Print Room. When purchasing consumables, we research what is available and use the most environmentally friendly products that are available.
Before we dispose of items in the right recycling bin, we try our best to find a second use for it. Take our apparel boxes for example. Instead of throwing these in the recycling and printing our own brand new boxes, we reuse the original boxes because it's what is inside them that counts, right? Anything that is too small for the original boxes are sent out in recycled plastic compost bags by our friends r3pack.
Before we print your order, we always do a test print to check the quality of the print is up to satisfaction. We use every last clear spot of a t-shirt and when there is no room left, and then we cut these sample tees up for clean up rags.
Recently we went one better and our sample tees were transformed into awesome reusable tote bags. Room 5, at Mornington School needed to create a product to sell and raise money at their school fair. We were stoked to be able to provide the tees for the children to cut and sew into tote bags. Any un-used stock that is still in good condition is donated to our local hospice.
Part of the screen printing process is to create a silk screen with our clients artwork on it and once we are done, we then clean and repossess the screen ready for the next artwork. Therefore there is a lot of time and cleaning products used to remove not only the inks, but the artwork from our screens. This means we use a lot of cleaning products in our industry on a daily basis and to clean up the plastic-based, plastisol ink, requires harmful toxic chemicals. Therefore, when we made the switch to water-based inks, the toxic clean up products and plastisol inks were no longer required and it was time for us to turn to soy-based products.