The ‘right way’ vs. the cheapest
OSI has for decades strived to be as ecologically conscious as possible including things as simple as recycling. OSI is the first T-shirt company in the United States to install a self contained screen cleaning and reclamation machine that contains the process and recycles it within itself (like an automatic car washer), compared to the standard of simply washing the byproduct down the drain which is harmful to the environment.
Over the years we at OSI have taken it upon ourselves to be responsible to reduce waste and byproducts wherever possible, going to much further lengths to reduce waste than the typical screen printing shop.
We have contained screen cleaning and reclamation that contains the process and recycles within itself, compared to the standard of simply washing the byproduct and hazardous chemicals down the drain.
We take every opportunity we can to recycle or repurpose and have gone to great lengths to reduce waste by reducing tape usage, re-using ink, re-purposing byproduct, and a recycled rag program which all have a great impact.
We go above the call of duty to make sure that we minimize byproduct, recycle wherever possible, and implement better processes to reduce waste historically, and in the future.
The reclaim process in most screen printing shops was a lot of byproduct down the drain. We contained this process, and use eco-friendly chemicals to minimize our impact.
Whether you are printing waterbase or discharge, we use phthalate free and sometimes PVC free inks. Our inks are mostly Made in USA and we purchase through local vendors.
Most unique is we utilized our roof to add a solar grid that feeds the system. Whatever is not used is sent back to the grid lowering our overall impact on our environment.
Screen Printing can be dirty, we have a service which recycles and responsibly washes our rags so our sometimes hazardous waste doesn't end up in the trash and ultimately a landfill.
We have gone above the call to duty, and we continue to implement ways to reduce waste further in an industry that is not always as low impact as advertised.