TS Designs • Our flagship product, Cotton of the Carolinas t-shirts are made dirt-to-shirt right here in North Carolina, and support over 700 jobs along the way. We will print your design on any of a variety of sustainable t-shirt options. From certified organic cotton to entirely North Carolina-made products, we can supply the right printed t-shirt to meet your needs.
Founded in 1977, TS Designs began as a small, manual screen-printing operation. After a few short years, TS became a fully automated manufacturing company, printing shirts for the big brands (Nike, Tommy, Polo, GAP, etc.). After the 1993 implementation of NAFTA, however, TS Designs watched its customers flood to Mexico for its lower labor cost.
Instead of following many of their peers and calling it quits, CEO Tom Sineath and president Eric Henry turned to fellow business owner and long-time friend Sam Moore for a new direction. Sam introduced to Tom and Eric the triple-bottom-line business model focused on three equally important bottom lines: People, the Planet, and Profits.
Armed with their new business model and a healthy amount of crazy, Tom and Eric sought to align themselves with, and cater to, a then-fringe group: The Green Movement. We offer an enormous number of t-shirt options, but these are the crème of the crop. Made just for us, these brands are the most sustainable we provide – and you can only get them from TS Designs.
Today, TS Designs still sells largely to the now-mainstream group that is The Green Movement, but also prints for any organization looking for a better quality product with a better environmental and social impact. Help us to be an example of a successful triple bottom line business as we continuously work to improve our social and environmental influence. Order your shirts from TS Designs!
At TSD, instead of purchasing already-dyed blanks and printing them, we print white or natural shirts and then dye them. Garment dyeing the shirts after they are printed is an essential part of the REHANCE process, which allows us to print a light, water-based ink on a dark shirt.
REHANCE allows us to print water based inks on a dark t-shirt, something difficult for most other printers to accomplish without harsh chemicals. Our inks become part of the shirt, rather than sitting on top of it, resulting in a print you can’t feel, and won’t crack, peel or fade over time. Waterbased inks are also much more environmentally-friendly than plastisol.
As you can see, plastisol ink – the ink of choice for most screen printers – uses a plastic coating to cover the fabric with a sticky design that will crack and peel overtime, and feels scratchy. In addition, most plastisol inks contain PVC which emits dioxins during manufacture and disposal, and phthalates which cause negative health effects.
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