The Mountain the Original Artwear Company.
From day one we have always used the highest quality natural materials to create our apparel. We start with a white garment made from 100% natural USA cotton (down to the thread holding it together). To color our garments, we use fiber reactive organic dyes to create over 800 colors that are inspired by nature & Our Dye Oxidation System (DOS), purifies our manufacturing process waste water by removing color and additives without the addition of chemicals.
Next our garments are printed with environmentally friendly water-based inks. Most screen printers use solvent based inks made primarily of plastic (petroleum) that have a rough feel and contain toxic Phthalates. While many printers are trying to kick the chemical habit and learning how to use water based inks, we are 23 light years ahead of them. We are the pioneers of using water based discharge ink and have perfected its use to create photo-realistic imagery.
Being “green” to us means being mindful of our choices which have a direct impact on the environment and future generations.
• Since 1992 we have used 100% cotton, grown and woven in the USA.
• Since 1993 we have used water-based ink.
• Since 1994 we have used organic reactive dyes.
• In 1999 we began the digital edition of our catalog to save on waste and save trees.
• In 2000 we began conversion of our lighting, company-wide to save our natural resources.
• In 2004 The Mountain’s Apparel was Oekotex 100% certified (one of the highest qualifications worldwide). This guarantees our shirts are free of chemicals harmful to your body.
• In 2006 we converted to DTS (Direct to Screen) for printing our separations eliminating thousands of pounds of plastic film per year.
• In 2010 we “closed the loop” on all our cardboard waste, and now use boxes to ship your orders that are made of 100% recycled cardboard.
• In 2011 our Dye Oxidation System (DOS) went on line (see above)*
• In 2012 we installed filtered water fountains company wide to reduce plastic bottle waste.
• From June 2013 to December 2015 we have been able to reuse over 2,500,000 gallons of water that was purified by our DOS system.
• In 2013 We started our Mountain Makers initiative of using seconds and refashioning them into new apparel masterpieces.
• From 2014 to 2015 we extensively upgraded our facilities lighting by replacing old, inefficient lights with state-of-the-art LED lights reducing energy use for lighting by 30%.
• In 2015 we installed an automated screen washing system that recycles 50% of it’s process water.
Future Green Initiatives
Latent Heat Energy
- Process water to hot water
- Process water to space heating
- Process air to make-up air
- Solar Energy Generation
- Drying Process heat to heat water
- Drying Process heat to building heat
- Recycling of all water in closed loop system