Everything we do has an impact
Every shirt we print on, every box we buy, every piece of paper we print as a company takes something from our planet. That's true for every company and every person in our world. We come to work every day with that understanding. That's why we have a never-ending commitment to improving how we work not just to our customers (like you!) but to our planet as well.
One percent since day one
We included the planet as an advisor when we wrote the business plan for our company back in 2012. As part of that plan, we donate a minimum of 1% of our gross revenues to projects tackling some of our planet's most challenging and vital projects. Every order your customers place adds more towards our donation goal each year.
But protecting the environment is a team effort. That's why we invite our customers to vote on the project they think we should support each year. We typically choose smaller projects/organizations where a large monetary donation can have a larger impact. But if there is a project that you think we should consider for our next donation, please email our team.
Apparel's dirty little secret
Around 85% of all textiles produced by the fashion industry end up in landfills, making it a major contributor to environmental damage. What’s more, one in every five items produced by the fashion industry reaches landfills without being worn even once.
That's why a major focus of our business from day one has been to produce only what your community wants and needs. Whether it's our on-demand production or a bulk pre-sale, we want every unit to have a loving home waiting for them.
We work with WRAP certified producers of apparel including brands like Next Level Apparel, Bella + Canvas, American Apparel and more. Beyond that certification, we are working to grow our organic and USA-Made product collection to offer as a stand-alone catalog by 2024.
Our decoration methods and standards
Our clothing designs are fulfilled using various methods. Many of our products are printed with the direct-to-garment (DTG) technique, which is a printing method where ink is first sprayed directly onto the garment, and then it soaks into the fabric. It’s like printing on paper, but on clothing.
We use Kornit printers that generate almost zero wastewater and use less energy than standard industry printers, which lowers our carbon footprint. The inks we use for printing are Oeko-Tex™ certified, vegan, water-based, and free of harmful chemicals.
For embroidery, we use Oeko-Tex™ certified threads, meaning they’re safe for both adult and children's clothing. Compared to printing, embroidery is generally more durable and produces less environmental waste.
all our apparel products are packed in post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic mailers. The amount of PCR in the packaging will differ depending on where your order gets printed, but it’s at least 50% (some are 100%) for the outside (white or grey) poly mailer bags and at least 30% for the inside (clear) bags used in multi-item shipments.
PCR packaging is made from everyday items, like used plastic bags and bottles. This material protects your order just as well as regular plastic bags, however, choosing PCR over first-use plastics reduces the environmental impact plastic has on our planet.