Kick the Can: Project 376 Updates  | Screenprinting.com

When the Ryonet leadership team aligned in establishing Project 376, our mission was to evaluate each new and existing product with the health of our customers & the environment in mind. Screen Printing has a bad-rap for being UNAVOIDABLY Dirty, Messy & Toxic. Cans of Screen Opener was one of the products at the top of the list that we decided was not aligned with our mission. They are loaded with nasty chemicals and then are dispersed with aerosol propellant, hence earning the nick-name “Cancer in a Can”. Not cool, it's got to go...

REDUCING WASTE

As we continue to evolve and refine Project 376, we've taken a hard look at some products and have decided that Sgreen® Wipes do not live up to Project 376's standards and therefore, it has been discontinued. Sgreen® Wipes are wasteful. Instead of throwing away a wipe after each use, cut up an old test shirt and use Supreme Wash to clean off screens. In the end, printers are saving cash and making an impact on the environment. Supreme Wash is called "Supreme" for a reason, it can handle a lot of tasks around your shop, saving printers time and money. 

LET'S KICK IT

Screen opener is particularly bad because the chemistry becomes atomized and propelled through the air, susceptible to penetrating any soft tissue exposed, YIKES! Inhalation of the particulates is especially worrisome as it could be readily absorbed by the soft tissue of the eyes, nose, nasal passage, throat, & lungs. If you’ve ever worked in a shop heavily reliant on screen opener… you know the smell, the nasty taste from breathing it in, the irritation in your eyes, and the dizziness that then follows…

Ryonet is determined to put our money where our mouth is by mindfully revamping our product offering to be aligned with this ongoing mission, Project 376, Our Choices Matter. Our goal is to help educate screen printers on the health benefits of kicking the cans of screen opener, while empowering with education on alternative products and processes that are less harmful.

In the case of Screen Opener, Ryonet will no longer be carrying or supplying it. It’ll be a loss to overall revenue, but we’d rather lose some $$$ than risk the health of our customers. We welcome other manufacturers and suppliers to join us on this journey and offer healthier screen printing supplies.

A SAFER ALTERNATIVE

An alternative product that will work great in place of cans of Screen Opener is to load a chemical safe Spray Bottle with Sgreen Supreme. A more traditional spray bottle is ideal because it doesn’t launch all the fine particulates into the air like that of an aerosol propellent. Set your Spray Bottle’s nozzle to “just larger than pinpoint” so as to maintain the power from the spray hitting a slightly wider area. Let the chemistry sit for 5-10 seconds in order for it to work it’s magic. In the case of a nasty locked in screen it might take up to a few minutes for the chemistry to be effective.

If you are in a situation with a bit of ink that has become partially gelled, your best approach is to use some elbow grease along with the Sgreen Supreme. Spray scrub, spray scrub, spray scrub. Repeat as needed. A little bit of elbow grease is worth it. In these situations, we are not trying to clean up the ink, rather destroying the chemical bonds between the ink molecules to dislodge the particulates. It will take elbow grease to do so, and it’s worth it for your health, you can thank us later.

SGREEN® IS IMPROVED WITH YOU IN MIND

We uncovered new truths that made real the need to better align key offerings with manufacturing that also shared the desire to offer industry leading solutions that are aligned with Project 376.  Thus a new partnership began, and the NEW Sgreen line, manufactured by Franmar for Ryonet is here. Franmar has had a long track record of manufacturing and distributing eco friendly chemistry specifically suited for the needs of screen printers. 

Our choices as a manufacturer and supplier matter in our printers lives, big time. We will strive to offer the most effective screen printing products that are eco-friendly, and remain cost competitive.

Project 376 takes a holistic viewpoint to first Acknowledge the current state of screen printing, build Awareness of healthier means of production, Educate on the financial & health opportunities of change, with the goal of education to actually Improve the lives & work environments of printers, their customers, and effectively Empowering the printer. #empoweringprinters #ourchoicesmatter #project376

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