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William Sugden and Sons aims to become a more sustainable company


changes to the way it operates from sourcing sustainable materials to implementing energy-saving procedures in its head office.

The company is one of the country’s foremost workwear and corporate clothing specialists. With the fashion industry now one of the biggest polluters in the world, textiles have a significant impact on the environment during their life cycle. Sugdens is actively working to reduce its environmental impact in various areas and advocate sustainability. A number of items in its seasonal ranges are made using recycled materials with some now created with up to 45% recycled materials.

Over 50% of textiles used are now crafted using cotton sourced as Better Cotton. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is an organisation that makes global cotton production better for the people who produce it and for the environment it grows in. Cotton normally needs a high volume of water to grow with up to 20,000 litres needed to produce just 1kg

akefield-based William Sugden and Sons has made a number of

Scandinavia. Sugdens is also looking to use cellophane in future packaging – a material derived from cellulose which decomposes.

A number of changes have been made at the Sugdens head office. The Carbon Trust helped with the installation of a new heating system recently which ensures rooms are only heated when in use. Printing has also been reduced by a third with only essential documents being printed.

At the company’s warehouse in

of cotton. Better Cotton is sourced from licensed BCI farmers who receive training on how to use water efficiently and care for the health of the soil. Sugdens is actively working towards using BCI standard cotton on all garments in future. The company has also made

considerable changes to the way product is packaged, recently increasing the amount of product shipped per box from six items to 20. It is now making plans to replace plastic inserts with cardboard that comes from sustainable forests in

Monarch launches two new plastisol inks


onarch Color Corporation continues to bring new innovative and market leading products to the screen printing industry with the introduction of two new plastisol inks. ULT II, ultra low temperature white plastisol ink and

ULT Guardian Grey, an ultra low temp, dye blocking, underbase grey are the latest inks to join the range. The ULT II White is built upon the successful ULT White. The main difference between the two inks is that the ULT II has a shorter body. This improvement makes the ink easier to print for manual printers.

Aaron Blank, vice president sales and marketing screen products, said: “Creating a polyester white that is easy to print, even for a manual printer, has always been a challenge for the plastisol ink industry. I truly believe with the launch of the ULT II white we have created the best low temperature polyester white in the market.” The ULT Guardian Grey was created to be used in conjunction with the ULT II White. The ULT Guardian Grey cures at the same low temperature as the ULT II at 270°F. The Guardian Grey should be used on dye sublimated or extreme poorly dyed products in conjunction with the ULT II, as a guard against potential dye migration.

Mr Blank added: “Our low tack Guardian Grey is an amazing product against dye migration. Although the ULT II white blocks almost all dye migration, sometimes there is a need for something a little stronger, and that is what the Guardian Grey is for.”

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Wakefield, CO2 emissions have been reduced by 40 tonnes a year. Should one of Sugdens’ customers require new uniform or a rebrand then there are strict practices in place to reuse or recycle materials. Unwanted older garments are debadged and sent to charities or regenerated using a fibre separation process to enable them to be made into mattress fillings – as is the waste on all production lines.

In addition, there are many long-term plans in the pipeline to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability including installing solar panels and heat pumps which extract heat directly from the ground.

Vinyl cutting software EasyCut Pro 5.1.02 receives update


asyCut Pro 5.1.02, the 32- bit and 64-bit vinyl cutting software, is now available for Windows and macOS. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS machines are supported. The new update also offers a wide range of features, making the tool even more efficient than before.

EasyCut Pro is one of the most popular and widely trusted vinyl cutting applications for Mac and Windows. It is perfect for small as well as large printing and cutting businesses. The new version brings above all a significant increase in speed for all operations thanks to multi-core optimisations.

The previous versions of EasySignCut Pro 4 are really popular as vinyl cutting software solutions used by more than one million users worldwide and 65% of sign business companies. But it only supported 32-bit machines before. Since 64-bit systems is more and more popular today, many Windows 10 and macOS Catalina users run 64-bit machines; After six months of hard work and optimisation, EasyCut is finally able to deliver 64-bit versions of its vinyl cutting software. In order to address the needs of computer users who run 64-bit Windows or macOS.

EasyCut Pro 5 provides streamlined workflows and user-friendly interface that sign makers specified, and new processing speeds that are faster than anything the market has seen to date. Large images are not only processed faster during the design application but also throughout the printing and cutting process. Thanks to an increase in speed of more than 20% over previous versions, the new versions delivers significantly more thrust to greatly improve production capabilities.

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