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Color Comes to Organic Shirts

6 Apr


For a while it seemed that 100% organic cotton shirts came in one color: Natural. Well that is certainly changing, for both plain t-shirts and polos. Here are two brands I would recommend to Ecopreneurists doing apparel.

First up is the family of organic cotton shirts by Anvil which includes the Anvil 5 oz. Organic T-Shirt, Anvil 4.5 Organic Ringspun Fashion Fit T-Shirt, and Anvil 5 oz. Organic Long-Sleeve T-Shirt. Alpha Apparel and Broder both stock these shirts and you can locate them from most any apparel distributor.

The Anvil organic cotton shirts come in 10 colors, including bright, festive colors like yellow haze, river blue, a nice basic red and a fun chocolate. The line is all 100% preshrunk, certified organic cotton and comes in adult and youth sizes.

As always pricing on printed t-shirts depends most on the number of shirts run and the number of colors printed on those shirts. In general you should still expect to pay a bit of a premium for organic cotton tees.

For organic cotton polos I suggest Ecopreneurists take a look at Vantage Apparel and their Organic Cotton Pique Polo. No really bright colors yet, but the shirts do come in black, brown, blue, green and navy in addition to the traditional natural color. The shirts are a 7 oz. 100% preshrunk, certified organic cotton.

The Organic Cotton Pique Polo from Vantage holds up great and takes embroidery very well. These are not your basic polos {read more about pique cotton fabric}.

The Organic Cotton Pique Polo seems much softer than a traditional cotton polo and the quality of the shirts is higher than most standard cotton polos used in our industry. These shirts are on more of an executive / professional quality footing. They would be great for Ecopreneurists looking for restaurant servers’ uniforms, club shirts, or even casual Friday business attire.

The Organic Cotton Pique Polo from Vantage also has a matching ladies cut which comes in the same colors and is in the same price point. With embroidery to 7000 stitches these shirts will run around $36 EQP.

Julia Macdonald at Vantage can answer any questions on these polos, for example if the dying process on them is also eco-friendly. If you are looking for pricing on either organic tees or polos contact your local promotional items dealer or email info@proformagreen.com.

No Dye = Natural Fade

27 Sep

Brian Base, the creator of RideSearch.com, was at the Green Dallas event held this last weekend here in Dallas, Texas. Proforma Green runs the t-shirts for RideSearch.com and both RideSearch.com and Proforma Green had been asked to participate in the event by the City of Dallas.

Well Brian was wearing a shirt we ran for him for the 2008 Plano Green Living Expo back in April (another event we both attended as vendors) and I noticed something.

The RideSearch.com shirts are natural cotton shirts. This means they have no dye in them, they are the color of untreated, undyed cotton.

What I noticed was that these shirts fade, although I am not sure fade is the correct word. As I mentioned the natural shirt, whether organic or regular cotton, are called natural because they have no dye in the shirts. So really there is no color (dye) to fade from the shirt, it is just the natural wear of the cotton.

And it seems that over time these shirts go from a sand tan color to more of a lighter parchment color.

I never really thought of it before but because the shirts have no dye in them they just act like what they are, natural cotton, and the “fading” is a result of their nature.

This caught me totally off guard, I simply was not aware of this fact. Now I am thinking it might be something to make a point out of, for example printing on these shirts under the client’s artwork or logo something like “This shirt is 100% organic non-dyed cotton which will naturally fade over time”.

This could be done small in 12 or 14 point type. The idea is to use this fact as a bona fides of the shirt’s natural nature to which they act accordingly.

The fading of course does not have any bearing on the art printed on the shirts, that holds up perfectly well. Also the material itself – the cotton – holds up as well as their dyed counterparts. Natural cotton shirts are also softer than normal shirts because they have not gone through an industrial dyeing process.

As a second choice we do offer dyed organic shirts like the Anvil Adult 5.0 oz. 100% Organic Cotton Short-Sleeve T-Shirt which comes in BLACK, CHARCOAL, CHOCOLATE, CITY GREEN, NAVY, RED, RIVER BLUE, WHITE and YELLOW HAZE for clients that want to avoid the natural fading.

As for RideSearch.com Brian did not seem to mind at all. He loves the shirts and seems to get a big kick giving them away at events. He always has a fist full of shirts when he walks through the crowds.

Greening Business

18 Jul

This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of ProformaGreen, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy. John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

The world often perceives marketing as a wasteful practice. However, it is still essential in every business.

The good news is that companies like ours, proformagreen.com are manufacturing with greener, more resourceful printing processes and materials now more than ever. Mugs, pens, tote bags, the list continues to grow of items that are both eco-friendly and/or promote eco-friendly lifestyles.

My name is John Simonetta and I want to let businesses know that they really can go green. From packaging to uniforms to promotional items to printing needs, there are cost effective marketing solutions that allow businesses to lower their impact on the planet without sacrificing the quality of their brand.

In my posts I will highlight some of the new promotional and print solutions that are now available to businesses and organizations looking to Go Green with marketing collateral.

Photo Credit: spoons at Flickr Under Creative Commons License

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