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Plastic Free T-shirt

Plastic Free T-shirt

The majority of screen printers use plastisol inks, which are made of plastic.  Plastisol inks leach out harmful chemicals that are known carcinogens during the whole life of the garment and after disposal.  This PVC-based plastic is NOT RECYCLABLE. VOCs? Solvents?

We ONLY use eco-friendly water based inks and NEVER use plastisol inks or harmful discharge printing.


Many garments contain polyester fibres, particularly sweaters, hoodie and polo shirts as the polyester fibres make the garment more hard wearing.  Polyester is a type of plastic. In theory, this can be recycled but, in practise, is often not. Microplastic fibres come off the garments during washing and wearing and pollute water sources.  Some suppliers manufacture garments using recycled polyester, from plastic bottles. It’s great that the plastic is recycled but important to note that chemicals are given off during processing and some micro plastics will be lost during garment use.  It’s important to ensure that the end product can be recycled satisfactorily.

We recommend using organic cotton or other sustainable fabrics such as bamboo, Tencel, modal or EcoVero viscose.  However, the Salvage range of garments and most sweaters/hoodies have some recycled polyester content to increase durability.


Even 100% organic cotton garments can have plastic embellishments such as buttons or tags.  

The garments we source all have plastic based labels but we can provide custom made sew-in tags that are 100% organic cotton.


Most T-shirt Printers offer a bagging service for individual packaging each T-shirt in a polybag, made from plastic. 

For bulk orders, we re-use the recycled plastic bags that the garments come in or use a biodegradable box liner to protect garments.  We recommend our custom printed cardboard boxes for sending out individual items to your customers (no plastic required) but we also have biodegradable bags if bagging is required.