“Uni-tee Designs also uses environmentally friendly products,” says Cole. “I found some companies that make environmentally friendly screen-printing chemicals,” Cole continues. “To my knowledge, I am one of the only screen-printers in Canada to combine ethical garment production and environmental consciousness.”
Uni-tee Designs uses only non-toxic, water-based inks. Cleaning supplies used in production are made from soy, citrus, and iodine. Plastic-based screen-printing inks, used by most garment screen-printers, contain phthalates, which are linked to cognitive impairment in children. Industry-standard cleaning products are known to cause brain damage if inhaled, and are highly toxic to the local environment. Cole asserts, “I refuse to use either [plastic-based inks and industry standard cleaning products] when there are eco- and consumer friendly alternatives.”
In addition to its ethical and environmental savvy, Uni-tee Designs offers buyers custom screen-printing opportunities. “Customers can choose to have a ‘Mix & Match’ print created or they can get an entirely custom and unique design.” Cole explains the Mix & Match concept: “Mix & Match is where customers can choose from a design on the Uni-tee Designs website, and then they can choose what colour, size, and style of garment they want the design printed on.” For more details, check Uni-tee Designs’ website.
Uni-tee Designs also offers customers a line of pre-printed designs, sold on Etsy.com, at local fairs, through Facebook, and through consignment. Prices start at $25 for Uni-tee Designs’ Mix & Match designs or $35 for custom screen-printed products. Prints sold on Etsy are $30.
For additional information or to order your own shirt today, contact Neil Cole at 506-238-7644, email@example.com, or on the web at uni-tee-designs.ca.