Man in gas mask holding dead flowers illustrating the toxic waste from screen printing sports apparel

Your Cycling Kit Is An Environmental Disaster

Did you know that the triathlon kit, cycling kit, race t-shirt, or other screen printed clothing you wear generates significant amounts of pollution to produce? 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. We do not want or need those in our water supply.

Now you know why TG Sports Apparel was founded. We are disrupting the sports apparel industry from the ground up. From sourcing, the production, to shipping, and even how races are produced and managed. Read more about TG Sports Apparel and join the cause.

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