The dangers are real!
Did you know - Conventional cotton production uses approx 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and over 10 percent of the pesticides. Your average T-shirt may even have formaldehyde in it to prevent creasing. In addition, standard printing inks used in screen printing contaminate the environment with 1.5 million gallons of plastisol a year. Plastisol contains PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which releases dioxins, one of the most toxic and carcinogenic chemicals known to science.
It is a grave concern to the world that such socially irresponsible environmental practices are utilized in the world today. The health risks of the intensive use of toxic chemicals to grow cotton and to print images onto apparel stretch from the farmers, to manufacturing plant workers, to the consumer.
Pesticide use is suspected of causing 8000 deaths per year and being carcinogenic thereby causing countless diseases.
Women who have worked on farms are almost three times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who have never worked in agriculture, a new study of cancer patients in the Windsor area suggests. (link)
In 1999, the federal government measured dioxins in blood samples taken from 28 residents who lived near PVC facilities in Louisiana. The testing revealed the average resident has three times more dioxin in his/her blood than the average U.S. citizen. Workers at PVC plants may face life-long health risks from exposure to cancer-causing vinyl chloride and other hazardous chemicals used to make PVC. These health risks include angiosarcoma of the liver, lung cancer, brain cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.
PVC’s health risks can reach consumers and children through printing on diapers, bottles, bibs, shirts, skirts, lingerie, shoes, and more.
As much as 7 billion pounds of PVC are discarded every year in the U.S.
Green Screen Printing, Inc. takes a different approach!
Green Screen Printing, Inc. is dedicated to implementing socially responsible business practices which include finding ways to preserve the environment. For this reason we identify and provide only 100% Organic Cotton as a service both to our customers and to the world as a whole for all generations to come.
Green Screen Printing, Inc uses inks that are PVC and Phthalate free. These two chemicals are the main environmental concerns in the screen printing industry and are not necessary to producing high quality printed garments.
For more information on the hazardous effects of PVC, conventional cotton farming, and other issues related to the screen printing industry, check out the following websites:
From Cradle to Grave - Summary of Findings
Overview of Hazards and Alternatives
New Concerns about
Phthalates and Human Health
By Kenneth Green, D.Env.
Concerns about Phthalates
By Janet Raloff
CPSC Releases Study on Phthalates in Teethers, Rattles and
Other Children's Products
in Cosmetics in America Report