Your clothing is killing you by releasing toxic chemicals into the air and water.

Your Clothing Is An Environmental Disaster

Your clothing is killing you and the rest of our environment. Screen printed clothing generates significant amounts of pollution. In 1995, more than 41 million pounds of toxic compounds were transferred or released into the environment by the printing industry in the United States alone. And the problem has only gotten worse.

Below is a list of the chemicals being released into the environment by the screen printing industry (all of these are petroleum based):

Chemical Releases and transfers in millions of pounds
Toluene 4.2
Methyl Ethyl   Ketone 6.3
Glycol Ethers 0.4
Xylene 0.2
Methyl   Isobutyl Ketone 0.6
Methanol 0.3
1,1,1-Trichloroethane 0.3
Ethylene   Glycol 0.5
Dichloromethane 0.1

Source: EPS: Profile of the Textile Industry, EPA/310-R-97-009, September 1997

But what about water-based inks? Aren’t they more eco-friendly? Hardly! An advantage often cited for water-based inks is that they do not require organic solvents when cleaning the presses.  But there is a common misconception that because water can be used for cleaning screens, squeegees and tools, that the waste water can just be discharged into the sewer. However, the water-based ink is not just water. There are pigments, binders, thickeners, and sometimes, even co-solvents in the ink residue.

Now you know why Team Ganja was founded. We are disrupting the apparel industry from the ground up. From sourcing, the production, to shipping. Read more about Team Ganja and join the cause.

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