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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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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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