IMPORTANT information and changes about our materials.

28-Sep-2017



 
Dear Valued Montessori Customers:

If you have been following the progress of our company, in June we announced the installation of a new digital press dedicated specifically to the printing of plastic materials. At the same time, we made a transition to a new and much thicker 15 mil plastic that is far superior to anything that you might find out there that is laminated.

At ETC Montessori we have made a commitment to provide you with the absolute best. This idea of providing the best customer service and the best materials is a part of our company culture and DNA. It is why we partnered with Nienhuis Montessori, a company that Maria Montessori endorsed, and continue to bring you the absolute best curriculum for your Montessori environment.

When lamination became popular in the 1930's it did so because there were no other options! However, with today's innovative printing techniques, and new chemical processes, we are able to bring you materials that are printed not on paper, but full plastic. Lamination, in and of itself, comes with a great number of drawbacks. Many of you are not strangers to bubbling due to humidity, delamination, curling, yellowing and so on. These are all problems that are no longer found in the new plastic that we are using.

For this reason, today we are announcing that we will be phasing out the use of lamination. On December 31, 2017 we will cease to offer any laminated option through our online store. Beginning January 1, 2018 our customers will have the following two options:

Option 1: Purchase the curriculum and printed materials on cardstock so if you wish to continue using lamination you may do so by laminating them on your own.

Option 2: Purchase the curriculum and printed materials on our NEW thick 15 mil plastic. You will receive the items cut and ready to put on your shelf.

Up until now laminated items were offered at the same price with our plastic materials. We intend to keep the same valuation process. You will be able to get your materials on full plastic at the same price that you would laminated items. This is very important to us, as we continue to bring you the best materials possible.

For those customers who have purchased laminated items we will continue to support you with replacement pieces throughout the 2018 year. We will cease all laminated items and replacement pieces On December 31, 2018.

In keeping with our standards, and those of our partners, - all of our distributors, throughout the world already sell our products only on plastic - as well as the fact that over 89% of our customers in the US order their materials on plastic, we believe that this approach is the wisest and most responible approach as we move into the future.

The benefits of our new 15 mil plastic are many. However, a short list follows:
  • Recyclable
  • Incredible durability
  • Substantial thickness
  • Will not yellow in the presence of sunlight
  • Does not curl, but lies flat
  • Has a high level of brightness so that colors come through
  • Easy to clean and disinfect
  • Has a matte finish so there is no glare
  • Offers flexibility so it will not crack, or break
  • May be stored in any environment for any length of time

We believe that information is our greatest ally, and a technology that began in the 1930's just might not be the best option anymore. Therefore, we encourage you to take a closer look at our NEW plastic, email us at information@edutc.com. We will gladly send you samples.

With warm regards,

A. Margaritis & Erika Ohlhaver
Executive Directors

 

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