DesignAShirt.com and Anton Sport are proud to announce the completion of our latest project. An array of 220 environmentally friendly solar panels has been added to our building along with a convenient solar-covered parking structure.
The sustainable solar panels are the culmination of a green building initiative plan that began last October. All of the hard work involved in bringing this project to life is realized as the sea of silver-blue solar panels soak up energy from the persistent Arizona sun.
John Anton, CEO of DesignAShirt, is happy to see the project’s completion and believes it will bolster the company for a positive future. “Solar power is initially expensive, but it's the right thing to do for the environment. As a company, we are striving to minimize our negative environmental impact”, Anton stated. “While working with the ASU School of Sustainability, we learned that implementing little things can have a big impact over time. Solar seemed like an obvious choice for DesignAShirt.”
The 220 solar panels will generate 85.5% of the power in the building. The internal office computers and phones, as well as the machinery for creating custom apparel on the production floor will all be solar powered. The initial investment in solar will take approximately four years to break-even on cost, but the change will begin immediately. DesignAShirt will not only be helping the environment, but cutting electricity costs as well.
Solar isn’t the only method of going green. DesignAShirt currently offers customers the option to choose from eco-friendly shirts as well as environmentally friendly inks for printing their order. The production floor has taken steps to ensure that inks and chemicals are handled and disposed of properly. The future of the company may include an electric car charging station for employees and customers to power up their eco-friendly cars.
All of the environmentally friendly changes are additional steps in the right direction. Continual efforts of turning off lights and computers when they are not in use, as well as recycling boxes, cans, and bottles are some of the best ways for any business or individual to reduce their impact on the environment.