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Eco-Friendly T-Shirts are now Eco-Responsible with Allmade Apparel Now at Monkey in a Dryer

Being an eco-friendly screen printing company and providing recycled and organic cotton t-shirts  isn’t anything new to us here at MONKEY IN A DRYER.  We are even more environmentally aware of our industries negative impact on the environment and how it has contributed to climate change and how that in turn effects others around the world.  We want to change that. It begins with low water grown organic cotton, re-using recyclable materials, and using ethically sourced labor…putting people first over profit  Al this will help in reducing our industry’s impact on the environment.

Everyone loves a T-shirt!  It’s not only an item of clothing we put on our bodies so we don’t scare the people around us, but it often serves as a extension of our personality.  It can be a way that we communicate a message to others or how we feel about something…environmental issues, politics, or an event…memorabilia from the best rock concert tour Eva!   It can serve as a way to introduce your small business to the world with your company’s logo, a funny saying or graphic.  It can be the one common denominator or message that brings people together…your sports team, fundraiser, family reunions, birthdays and the ever popular bachelor and bachelorette parties.

We love our t-shirts right?!  Absolutely!  I wear a t-shirt everyday, whether it’s a stand alone on a warm day, a layer underneath a sweater, (it’s Minnesota ya know), or I’ll rock it as a night shirt.  Circa 1983 Def Leppard Pyromania Tour tee is my pajama jam!  My go to t-shirts are the ones that are super soft and hold a special meaning to me…the memory of what I was doing when I got it.  For a brief moment, I’ll catch myself reminiscing about when, where and why I bought that special shirt.  Ah, the memories!

This brings us to present day 2018, and a new way of thinking has emerged about single use apparel.  The promotional t-shirt had often been something you wore once then shunned it away into t-shirt purgatory to never be seen from again.  Not anymore!  Eco-friendly t-shirts have been available for some time now but people are demanding even more out of a t-shirt.  Our society has shifted to thinking more about what the t-shirts are made from…organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, recycled or pre worn fabrics.  They are asking where the t-shirt was made, who made it, is the manufacturing company ethical, do they pay the people who made the shirt a livable wage?  These are the questions we at MIAD ask ourselves when deciding what products we want to offer our customers.  That is why we have chosen to partner with Allmade Apparel, our newest and one of the most ethically sourced t-shirt companies today.

Allmade Apparel is the collaboration of ten seasoned screen printing companies that believe in making a better t-shirt.  How do they make a better t-shirt?  By offering one of the more luxuriously soft t-shirts on the market today and being socially and environmentally responsible.

All Made Apparel Women's Tri-Blend T-Shirt custom t-shirts MinneapolisWho doesn’t love a soft tri-blend tee.  One of our favorite go to tee is the Allmade Tri-Blend T-shirt.  A labor of love goes into each and every shirt and contains organic, non-GMO, US grown cotton, polyester thread made from recycled plastic water bottles, and the secret sauce (not so secret now) that pulls it all together, the ingredient that makes the fabric so luxuriously soft is…TENCEL™ Modal.  Made from sustainably harvested beech trees in PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified European forests.  Beech trees regenerate from the root system and thus do not require replanting or use of irrigation.  Cutting down on the millions of gallons of water that goes into producing cotton and replacing it with recycled and sustainable materials while keeping the t-shirt soft and wearable is a win win for everyone.  Way to go Allmade!  

In addition to the direct impact to the environment, most of Allmade materials are sourced right here in the US, then shipped to Haiti to be sewn into shirts, and shipped back to the US for sale. Why Haiti you ask?  Good question..

A typical t-shirt will travel 16,000 miles: cotton grown in one country, shipped to another to be processed into fiber, and another to be spun into yarn, and another to be knitted into fabric, and so on. Most of this shipping is done using bunker fuel, a heavy oil residue so toxic most countries won’t let ships using it within 200 miles of shore.

Haiti, on the other hand, is a mere 500 miles from Miami and that’s as far as our fabric and shirts have to go – a significant reduction in shipping.

But that’s not all folks!  Allmade wanted to help break the cycle of poverty in Haiti.  Many of the t-shirts people wear today are from poor Central and South American countries like Haiti.  A typical garment worker in these countries, often work long hours, in unsafe working conditions, for little pay.  Allmade is changing that.

All-Made Apparel Eco-Friendly T-Shirts“We experienced first-hand the economic and environmental devastation experienced by garment workers, and realized what a positive impact we could have by creating dignified living wage jobs that empower the proud people of Haiti to take care of themselves and their families.” – Allmade Apparel

Children in countries like Haiti, where the average worker earns a mere $3/day to support a family of 8, are at a high-risk of orphanage. The typical orphan in Haiti is not without parents, but rather without parents who can afford to care for their most basic needs—food, shelter, clothing, education,and basic healthcare.

Allmade has partnered with the Global Orphan Project to produce great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where Allmade shirts are produced, is among a number of ventures the GO Project has developed to create dignified work that keeps families together.

They pay workers 3-4x the going rate for similar jobs in the area, an amount carefully calculated to meet the basic needs of a Haitian household. 100% of LIFE’s profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.

“We are wholly committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and child abandonment in Haiti, We will do this first by making high quality, fashionable shirts that are a pleasure to print on and wear, and then by leveraging our industry influence to make Allmade a brand consumers ask for by name.” – Allmade Apparel

We are very honored to be partnering with Allmade Apparel and offering a socially and environmentally friendly t-shirt option for our customers.  We are offering a 10% discount on custom printed Allmade t-shirts ordered through the end of 2018. Give us a call today for a quote or come by the studio and cozy up to one of these super soft t-shirts.  FREE FEELS!!

Minneapolis Screen Printing – Let Us Help Give Your Customers What They Want

Knowing your customer is key to any businesses success and with this means knowing who your key demographic audience is, and how to get their attention and earn their business. As the provider of the best Minneapolis screen printing services, that’s what exactly what we specialize in…getting your company noticed by the right people. We offer a wide variety of products, printing services, and design services to help give your customers exactly what they want. Here are a few guidelines  to help you pick the perfect printing services to help meet your customer’s shirt need: 

Minneapolis screen printingScreen Printing: Our screen printed t-shirts are great for bulk orders, promotional giveaways, and group activities. Because of the fair pricing, these are great for events and for companies on a slightly tighter budget. Screen printing is usually performed on t-shirts made of cotton and/or polyester fabrics, giving your customer a comfortable and relaxed fitting shirt.






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Embroidery:  Embroidery is another printing option that normally works well for polos and button down shirts. This type of printing is ideal for businesses who want to give their customers custom apparel that is a bit more business casual/professional. Embroidery is also one of our most durable forms of customization for apparel. Have you ever noticed your mechanics name on their uniform? That was likely embroidered because of the durability of the design.




Minneapolis Screen PrintingDye Sublimation: If your customers tend to skew towards the fun and funky, dye sublimation may be the perfect fit as it allows the apparel to be completely dyed. Interested in learning more? Check out our full explanation of dye sublimation today.



Selecting The Right Printing Service

Still not sure what type of custom apparel is right for you? No worries, you are not alone. Contact us today to learn more.

Trendy Custom Apparel

Monkey in a Dryer is all about keeping both our business and yours, up to date with the latest and greatest trends. Keeping up with the current custom apparel trends can be tricky though, as they are always changing. So here are a few cheats in this guide to picking out designs and colors to make sure your company is up to date, in both our products and your company décor.

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Colors: Right now bold colors are definitely in, as are tones inspired by nature. Bold colors like teal, coral, cobalt, fuchsia, and golds are everywhere right now! And for a more toned down color coffee and caramel browns, off white, moss green, pale pink and grays are very trendy options.

Patterns and shapes: Chevron is definitely in style right now, but so are polka dots, arrows, stripes, floral designs (careful with this one though), lace, geometric designs and Aztec inspired looks.

Animals: No longer are just plain animal prints in style, instead prints of actual animals have taken their place. Especially elephants, owls, fox, whales, and cats.

Metallic and mattes:  While it may seem odd and like a contradiction, people are loving both shiny and flat matte surfaces. Glitter and rhinestones can add a feminine and flair to anything when done tastefully and can contrast beautifully to a matte look.

If it all just seems still too much, and you can’t quite pull the colors and designs together, just ask. Our in-house design team is always here to help!

Summer Beer Leagues Means Custom Team Apparel

custom team apparelAh summer…as a kid it meant many things: no school, long days on the beach, late night sleepovers, and little league. As an adult summer seems to have lost some of its magic. Gone are the careless and free days to ride around town with our friends, only to be replaced with the daily grind of adult life. Boring…But not all is lost…while we may be too old for little league we have now graduated to the beer and bar leagues, this is a time for us grownups to through on our matching custom team apparel shirts, drink some adult beverages, and play!

While pizza after a big game was great as a kid, a cold beer while playing ball with our buds is so much better. Beer leagues are popping up all over the place, from small town pubs to trendy big city sport bars. So many local bars have jump on the adult fun leagues, that finding a bar with a volleyball court ‘round back is no challenge.

custom team apparelThere is no shortage of participants either.  A surprising amount of adults make sure to set aside time to be part of volleyball, baseball, and even bowling teams. This time is the highlight of the week for many of us, as we put on our custom team apparel throw back some brews and have some laughs. We look forward to it and can’t wait to get out there and play.

Let us Take Care of the Custom Team Apparel

We want to help your team look their best by printing you the most creative custom team apparel for your next big game. Come check out our awesome selection of fun, unique and creative team shirts that can be customized with your team name, lettering, or any other design you like.  Whether you want to display your teams silly side, tough side or even slightly sexy side we have the shirt for you.  

Keeping Screen Printing Pricing Affordable for Fundraising Events

Screen Printing Pricing

If you are planning a fundraiser you may be wondering about screen printing pricing to help spread the word through custom t-shirts. Custom shirts are an easy and effective way to help spread the word, as we all need to wear clothes, right? So, why not wear a custom shirt that will advertise your upcoming fundraiser. Not only can you help spread the word, but you can create a community for all of those involved. Something as simple as wearing matching shirts has the power to help build a sense of teamwork and belonging. Feeling like you are a part of something can help to further develop your passion for that cause.

Well, it’s more than just screen printing pricing that you have to consider when attempting to put on any sort of fundraiser, we get that! Because cost is always an issue we recommend to be creative in your fundraising. Staying ahead of the trends and stepping away from conventional fundraisers is a great way to get people interested. Offer something fresh and fun that people wouldn’t mind spending money on.

Here a few fun and creative ideas for your next fundraiser:

  • Instead of a simple pancake breakfast event, how about a painting party?
  • Replace boring chocolate bars with a more expensive, gourmet, organic or imported chocolates.
  • Family events with inflatables, petting zoos, and carnival games are sure to bring in the kids!
  • Pottery painting or cooking classes could be a fun night out!
  • Custom printed screen T-shirts are also an affordable and fun way to raise money. We specialize in bulk orders…the more you order the less you pay. A funky t-shirt is a great way to support a cause.

Make your upcoming fundraiser a memorable one, be creative and have fun! Part of a non-profit group? We are proud to give back to our community by offering a discount for non-profits, learn more here.

Make Your Employees Feel Like Part of the Team With Custom Shirt Group Ordering

In the hustle and bustle of the everyday running of a business, it’s easy to lose tracks of things. Unfortunately, one of those things many of us forget in the pursuit of keeping everyone happy is our employees. Creating a warm community and sense of belonging has the power to keep our employees happy, and sad to say it, but many of us forget about this.

To a hardworking and dedicated employee, the feeling of being appreciated and like an integral member of a team can go a long way. When an employee feels appreciated and respected, they are more likely to want to help your business grow and succeed. By expressing your gratitude and going the extra mile to make your employees feel like they are a part of a community you will find an increase in workplace happiness.

So, how can I create this feeling of belonging and community?

Team Building Activities

Custom Shirt Group Ordering

Grab your entire staff and take them out on some fun team building activities. You will get to work with one another and grow closer as a result. Whether it is going rock climbing or trying zip lining right here in Minnesota, we know your employees will appreciate these fun company outings.


Make it Special With Custom Shirts

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custom shirt group ordering

Why not really make this experience special and get every employee a custom printed company shirt? Oh, and did we mention we offer special custom shirt group ordering services to help keep this process as affordable and easy as possible?

Interested in getting custom shirts for your next outing? Check out our online group ordering services or contact us today to learn more.



Best Places to Promote Your Company This Summer With Custom Printed Apparel

Summer is in full swing and we are all out there doing what us Minnesotans are known for…making the best out of every minute of summer! With our seemingly never ending brutal winters, us Minnesotans live for summer, you know what  I am talking about, right? You know that feeling where you need to be outside enjoying ever single second of summer.

Summer is also a great time for businesses to get out there and interact with potential customers. Introducing yourself and your business is much easier when they are outside as opposed to hibernating and Netflixing at home.

Summer in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota offers so many opportunities to mingle and meet new customers. Here are just few places to get out with some custom printed apparel and showcase your business:

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1. Summer Music Festivals

The music festival scene has EXPLODED here in our state in the past 10 years. From bluegrass to rock we have something for everyone. Whether you are a vendor at an upcoming music festival or just attending one, why not show off your business a little with some custom printed t shirts?

2. Craft shows, Farmers Markets, and Flea Markets

3. Movies and Music in the Park

Many parks right here in the heart of the Twin Cities, now offer free music and

movie in the parks for the public each week.

4. Parades, and City-Wide Celebrations custom printed apparel

5. Food Festivals

After all, the only thing us Minnesotans love more than summer is good food! Whether it is a food truck fair or the Minnesota State Fair, get out there with some custom printed shirts for giveaway or just sport one while you sample all that tasty eats.

6. Marathons and Races

They are more than just a bunch of people running. They are a celebration of fitness and human endurance. These events draw in thousands of participants and even more supporters and spectators. Maybe think about sponsoring one of these upcoming races with some

The list could really go on and on, as could the possibilities. So, get out there, enjoy the sun and the festivities and maybe even make a few new customers while doing so!

Why Custom Printed T-Shirts?

Custom Printed t-shirts are great for tons of events and special occasions. Like what you ask? Well, I am here to give you an overview of just a few occasions where you will find custom t-shirts come in handy.


#1 Custom Printed School T-Shirts for Field Trips: There are not many things that are more exciting to a grade school kid like school field trip day, but in all that excitement young children can easily be distracted and become separated from their group. This can be very scary for both the lost child and frantic parent/chaperone alike. Make finding that lost monkey a little easier with matching and brightly colored group t-shirts with your school logo.

#2 Fundraisers and Non-Profits: Our screen printed shirts are great for fundraisers and non-profit groups. Selling custom printed t-shirts is a fantastic and efficient way to earn funds for your club, event, benefit or charity, oh and did we mention we give a 10% discount to non-profit groups?

#3 Family Reunions: As we get older our family reunions get bigger and bigger every year. And with each passing year, some naPenns Sunday Schoolmes and faces also start to blur. Matching t-shirts can help identify families with their first and last name, group families by color, or even by number.

#4 Vendor Booths on College Campuses: Due to their limited clothing budget many college kids will flock to a booth giving away any for free, especially free t-shirts. Custom printed t-shirts are great for such events as they are very reasonably priced and let’s be honest…everyone loves free stuff!

#5 Team T-Shirts: While this may be the most obvious use of a custom screen printed shirt, it’s still one of our top 5! An oldie but a goodie and a necessity when it comes to athletic and team apparel! As time has demonstrated, screen printing is one of the best ways to outfit both your little hitters and your adult leagues!

Screen Printing Pricing, How Much is That Going to Cost?

Screen Printing Pricing

Looking to for a fun way to get your name out there, or personalize your event? Custom screen printed t-shirts are both fun and affordable way of making a unique statement. However, you may find yourself wondering about screen printing pricing, asking yourself how much is that customized gear going to cost me? Well, we get that pricing can be of utmost concern, especially when you have a set budget. That is why we strive to give back to our community by offering a 10% discount for all non-profit groups. Yep, you heard right score 10% off as a non-profit.

Screen printed t-shirts are a great way to get your name out there, especially as a non-profit. Not a non-profit? No worries, check out our ten tips for saving money on your next screen printing order.

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Yes, you can have a pen personalized, but a pen vs a t-shirt? There’s no competition…people LOVE free t-shirts and these custom shirts are a great way to get people to publicly sport your brand. For a relatively small investment, you can have your logo worn all over town… practically free advertising!

We get that money doesn’t grow on trees like bananas, and that you (like us) have a budget to maintain. We strive to help you, our valued customer, stay within that budget. By offering a huge selection of t-shirts in various price ranges, we can help you find the perfect fit for your needs!

We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of customer service and quality products. We never outsource our custom printing projects and only print in house. We also offer bulk pricing, meaning the more you order the more you save!

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Our custom screen printing services are not only affordable but incredibly easy! Our online tools make t-shirt designing easy. You can keep your logo as simple as you like, or mix it up a bit by working with our talented team of designers. Want more information? Contact us today.

Go Big, Go Bold With Custom Embroidery

Custom embroidery services

Are you looking to make a bolder statement? Do you feel like custom screen printing just doesn’t quite do it for you? We get it, and we’ve got you covered! Here at Monkey in a Dryer we understand that all of our customers are unique. Meaning we know that each of our customers and every order placed is just as unique as our name! To help you take your custom apparel to the next level we offer custom embroidery services.

Embroidery is a simple, yet surprisingly effective means of conveying professionalism and class without breaking the bank. Yes, embroidery does cost a little more than screen printing, but the message portrayed is priceless. After all, you only get one chance at a first impression. Make sure that first impression is that of a polished professional.

With embroidery, your logo will POP out at your customers…I mean literally pop out! What makes embroidery so distinctive is that of your image being raised above the fabric. We create this tangible design by using up to eight different colors of thread to bring your logo to life. And for an even more detailed and life-like creation check out our 3-D embroidery option.

Custom embroidery services

Feel free to simply upload your predesigned logo directly to our website, or have a little fun with it. We have tons of possibilities with our online templates and design tools to let you explore and play with your creation. If you get stumped no problem, trust me as a monkey I get lacking in the art department! However, we have an entire art department full of talented, and computer savvy artist that are here to help you create a one of a kind design.

Want more information? Contact us today about our custom embroidery services or any other questions you may have.