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Something Sportsprint is very good at already is recycling boxes- cardboard boxes that garments arrive in are used for our shipping. This started for cost-cutting purposes, but it has the double-whammy of being very sustainable.

Sportsprint also buys boxes from a resale company who sells overstock or messed up boxes, so we often deliver our shirts in boxes that have names from other companies. One deliverer particularly noticed this when he dropped off huge Kahlua boxes at a school. Then he had to explain it wasn’t actually a Kahlua delivery. Everybody’s favorite boxes seem to be the ones that just had LARD written across them. I’ll have to take pictures of the next batch of funny boxes.

It’s green! And funny even.

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Well I really gotta hand it to our team here at Sportsprint. I know a lot of them still think I’m crazy, but at least they don’t think it’s crazy to be green. While I’m sure there were (and still are) some admitted skeptics, overall our bunch of committed folks has really done a stellar job with reducing waste, recycling all we can, and being conscientious about what we’re doing.

But I really put them to the test last week. Our building was completely flooded in the wake of Ike and Gustav and all those other crazy natural disasters our country seems to be having. (global warming, anyone?) It was devastating. Imagine walking into a 20,000 sq ft building that not only holds all of our screen printing and embroidery equipment, but our inventory of blank goods, finished customer goods, racks of samples, office furniture, file cabinets, and¬†computers, and seeing that the carpet is soaking wet, there are puddles of water throughout the plant, and there’s a layer of dirt over most of the floors. Nightmare, right? Well we have to remind ourselves of what others are dealing with in disasters and be grateful that we didn’t lose even more. But it still sucks. Well chalk another catastrophe up to what our company has weathered in our 35 years of business! We survived a fire in 1990 (which burned a brand new warehouse, printshop and showroom down to the ground), a massive wind and hailstorm that blew part of our roof off of our current building a few years ago, and now a flood.

So how did we deal?

Well, our team pulled together and pulled the carpet up and got it out of here (too bad wet carpet can’t be recycled). Then we had to disinfect everything to prevent mold and mildew. Especially on the drywall. But instead of using bleach, which¬†contains chlorine and is a notorious eco no-no, we went for the green version of bleach – hydrogen peroxide! And its antimicrobial, antibacterial properties went to work while our team went to work removing the baseboards near the drywall and spraying everything down with hydrogen peroxide. After that we cleaned with Simple Green cleaning solution. And the next step is a good powerful steam clean.

So yeah, the floodwater came and went. But our commitment to minimizing our impact hasn’t.

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It’s amazing how much better you can feel when your office space is clean and organized. Mine had been a wreck for almost two weeks between prep for the Earth Day festival and leaving town for the trade shows right after. Yesterday and today I spent some time cleaning up (and even decorating a bit) and I feel soo much better. Now my office functions as a mini retail space for EarthDance Tees (slash walk-in closet), showroom for our sustainable apparel options, and center of HR, legal, finance, and marketing operations for the company. Gotta love small business.

My favorite touch was hanging a big Sportsprint banner on the wall (maybe 10 feet long) that’s probably as old as I am. Because it’s so old some of the lettering and logo has peeled off in places, giving the look of an old retro t-shirt print. Some of my friends that noticed it at the festival in Forest Park even thought we made it to look like that.. “No, it’s authentically vintage,” I said. Just like the flaming red V-neck polyester sweater and kelly green men’s softball shorts I found on our racks last summer and have been sporting ever since. There’s some very fun things about a family business that’s been around since 1973.

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