8 Ball Comments On Concerns That Rising Corn Prices Impacting T Shirt Printing Industry

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With more and more t shirt retailers priding themselves on manufacturing compostable clothing using Ingeo, a corn-based fibre, this particular eco-friendly niche of the industry is set to be hit by the rising cost of the crop in the months to come.

The rising cost of corn could have an indirect yet significant impact on companies that manufacture recyclable t shirts

A representative from the top UK t shirt retailer 8Ball.co.uk has commented on an article released by Stitches.com explaining the way in which the rising cost of corn could have an indirect yet significant impact on companies that manufacture recyclable t shirts.

The article in question highlights the steady increase in the cost of corn and its byproducts, many of which are used in a range of contemporary items aside from foodstuffs, including biodegradable clothing. The price of maize has risen dramatically in the US in recent months as a drought across the Midwest has brought production to a standstill, resulting in an output that is already predicted to be 13% lower than in 2011.

Companies offering eco t shirts and apparel also follow other production methods to ensure their items are as environmentally friendly as possible. Such businesses will seek to use low impact dyes to create prints, for example, though these are often a lot more expensive than conventional dyes, increasing production costs even further.

A representative from 8 Ball is concerned that such expenses are likely to quash the environmentally-friendly ideas of many of the world’s most successful eco t shirt retailers.

“Eco-friendly tees are a relatively new but exciting step forward for the printing industry, and we are concerned that the price of what many consider to be an ‘everyday’ commodity could have such a huge effect on a niche sector that’s just beginning to gain momentum,” he says.

8 Ball is a leading online retailer of unique t-shirts, delivering thousands of items to UK customers in a huge range of different sizes and designs. From funny slogans to classic rock logos and quirky shirts inspired by pop culture throughout the decades, the tees on offer from the company appeal to all generations and can be printed to order. Call 01785 330220 for more information today.

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