At Faded Decade, we take pride in producing high-quality apparel that not only looks great but also lasts for years. One of the key factors that contribute to the longevity of our products is our screen printing process. In this blog post, we'll dive into what screen printing is, how it compares to other methods like DTG and vinyl transfers, and why it's the most sustainable choice for our brand.
What is Screen Printing?
Screen printing is a printing technique where ink is pressed through a stencil (or screen) onto fabric to create a design. The stencil is made by applying a light-sensitive emulsion onto a mesh screen and exposing it to a film positive of the design. The areas that are exposed to light harden and create the stencil, which is then used to transfer the ink onto the fabric.
Screen printing has been around for centuries and is still widely used today in the apparel industry. It's known for its durability and ability to produce vibrant, opaque designs on a wide range of fabrics.
How does Screen Printing Compare to Other Methods?
Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is another popular method used to print designs onto apparel. DTG printers use inkjet technology to print directly onto the fabric, similar to how a home inkjet printer works. While this method allows for more complex designs and doesn't require screens, it's not as durable as screen printing and can fade or peel over time.
Vinyl transfers involve cutting a design out of vinyl and then heat pressing it onto the fabric. While this method is quick and easy, the designs can crack or peel over time, especially after multiple washes.
Why is Screen Printing the Most Sustainable Choice?
Screen printing is not only durable but also more sustainable than other printing methods. Here's why:
Longer Lasting: As mentioned earlier, screen printing is known for its durability and ability to withstand multiple washes. This means that the designs on our Faded Decade apparel will last for years, reducing the need to buy new clothes frequently.
Less Waste: Screen printing produces minimal waste compared to DTG and vinyl transfers. In screen printing, the ink is applied only where needed, reducing the amount of excess ink that needs to be disposed of. Plus, screens can be reused multiple times, further reducing waste.
In conclusion, screen printing is the most sustainable and long-lasting choice for Faded Decade apparel. We're proud to use this method to create designs that not only look great but also reduce our impact on the environment.