Sustainability of my clothing line

Sustainability is important to me. I'm getting greener every step of the way, while still providing you the quality products you deserve. My print on-demand partner for the garments is PRINTFUL. You will find specific information about each garment on my ETSY shop. However if you feel, a question has not been answered, please feel free to e-mail me.

Eco-friendly products

I work with the on-demand printing platform Printful and their collections. Mainly with their eco-friendly products, which consists of items that are made of at least 30% sustainable, recycled, or biodegradable materials.

PRINT ON DEMAND

We only print products on-demand. Most of our printers use less electricity, water, and chemicals than standard industry printers. We’re gradually introducing more eco-friendly packaging, and looking into partnering with more sustainable brands.

REDUCING

As I only work with on-demand suppliers, we only produce items we get an order for, avoiding textile waste from overproduction. Our printing partner's high-quality printing tech creates almost no wastewater and uses less energy than standard industry printers.

PLANET

The inks we use for printing are vegan, water-based, and free of harmful chemicals. I take sustainability seriously, that’s why I work with PRINTFUL, who takes care to dispose of any left-over ink according to the ink supplier guidelines.

Sustainability and Responsibility

PRINTFUL

MADE TO ORDER

Every purchase, big or small, has a footprint. With each purchase, you have a choice. You choose the size of the mark to leave on the planet, and we want to help you choose wisely.

Around 85% of all textiles produced by the fashion industry end up in landfills, making it a major contributor to environmental damage. One in every five garments reaches a landfill without being worn even once. By choosing print-on-demand, you choose apparel that's created only as the order is placed, creating less fabric waste than conventional manufacturing.

LIMITED WASTE

As of May 2021, PRINTFUL started using packaging made of post-consumer recycled plastics for all apparel orders shipped from their in-house facilities. The recycled content share in their packaging varies, but it’s at least 50% for outer packaging and at least 30% for inner bags (only used for multi-item shipments). 

By making these changes, Printful saved more than 62,579 lb. (28,385 kg) of plastic since February 2020.  They have also donate damaged and returned products to local charities, like the Red Cross, the American Kidney Fund, and Goodwill.

SMART SHIPPING

Around 81% of Printful orders are delivered in the same region they’re fulfilled. Having fulfillment centers close to our customers is good both for the business and the planet. Strategically located fulfillment centers allow for faster shipping times and lower shipping costs, and it also helps with reducing the CO₂ emissions produced when transporting orders.

We have facilities on both US coasts—in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. We also have fulfillment centers in Canada, Mexico, Latvia, Spain, and fulfillment partners in Australia, Japan, and Brazil. New locations are coming soon in the UK, and Poland.

Direct-to-Garment or DTG 

At Printful,  our clothing is printed with the direct-to-garment (DTG) printing method. The printing tech we use is made with sustainability in mind, and our Kornit printers use almost zero wastewater and less energy than standard industry printers, lowering our carbon footprint.

DTG printing yields quality prints, it's cost-effective for one-off orders, and there's almost no limit to the colors and fine detail you can use in your designs.

DTG inks are eco-friendly, CPSIA-compliant, non-toxic, non-hazardous, and soluble in water. They're free from heavy metals, formaldehyde, and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APE).

Mailer Bags

We’ve started using post-consumer recycled plastics to package apparel orders shipped from our in-house facilities
we’ve eliminated the second layer of plastic packaging for all single-item shipments in all locations to eliminate the need for plastic caps in poster packaging, we’ve switched from cardboard tubes to triangular boxes adding recycling instructions to the poly mailer bags we’re currently using looking for more sustainable ways to replace plastic packaging

We use post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic packaging for all apparel orders shipped from our in-house facilities. PCR plastics are made from items people recycle every day, like plastic bags and bottles.


Carbon Footprint

Our carbon footprint calculations are still in the works, and we’re committed to communicating about our progress and changes.

At the end of 2020, we started calculating our carbon footprint and the total amount of waste our business generates. Our calculations will be based on the entire product journey: from the second the product arrives at Printful’s doorstep, to the moment it reaches the end customer.

We are working on reducing the use of plastic in the packaging process to save the environment and avoid over packaging while shipping items without causing any damages.