5 things we do to make T-shirt printing eco-friendly

Our mission is to redesign the way that clothing is made and look for positive solutions across the product life cycle. Customers increasingly expect brands to deliver on sustainability issues and as a supplier, being ahead on this issue means people looking for aneco friendly t-shirt printer can get products made that fully reflect their values.

For us this has meant creating our own range of products using organic cotton, building our own factory powered entirely by renewable energy, using lower impact inks and packaging – and more recently developing new print technologies that make all this super accessible on price.

“We print products using organic cotton in a renewable energy-powered factory. Our supply chain is audited for a wide range of social and sustainability criteria and we’re constantly improving and investing in eco-friendly technology across the product life cycle.”

For a brand or business buying custom printed clothing, you can benefit by knowing that your products are made the right way, and you can share that story with customers.

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1) High-quality organic materials

We only use organic cotton to make your tees. It grows slower and in a more natural way, which results in a softer touch than products made from synthetics like polyester fibres. Products made this way instantly feel different and leave a lasting impression on the wearer. For businesses and brands who want to build or strengthen an amazing reputation, that extra soft touch means customers will value their tee for longer, mention your brand to friends and come back for more.

“When we consider the increased demand of fair trade clothing or ethical suppliers in the UK, it’s clear that consumers care about how clothes are made.”

The UK organic market is worth over £2 billion a year and is now firmly in the mainstream. It’s easy to make your business part of the solution, (not part of the problem), by choosing to work with a more sustainable supplier. And with our technology and lean supply chain, you will probably find you can get better value for money too. Instead of going through people like wholesalers and distributors we manufacture our own clothing. Going direct-to-factory and cutting out the middleman creates a big saving we pass onto you. That’s how we are able to offer retail quality products at wholesale prices.

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2) Power facilities with renewable energy

When the sun is shining on our UK factory our on-site solar power station provides the energy needed to turn the carousels and cure your tees. When it’s raining we fall back on our supply from mixed renewables including solar, wind and hydro. We use machine-to-machine telemetry in our factory to optimise power consumption too, which essentially means machines talking to each other to turn things on and off.

“If you’re interested in finding out more about where our products come from, you can track the journey. We encourage you to share the content with your customers to demonstrate the steps you are taking on issues like renewables, social impact and sustainability.”

Operations at the overseas factory where the blank products are made are powered by two wind farms and a 150kw solar farm.

3) Low waste printing

We develop technology at our factory to improve all aspects of the UK t-shirt printing process. This includes using the latest printing technology and lower-impact chemicals including inks.

“We look at inks as part of a connected system to find positive solutions and minimise waste. Our inks meet the GOTS certification standards and contain no animal derived products.”

For screen printing we use a non-toxic, phthalate-free plastisol. It means we can recover and recirculate unused ink left over at the end of a print run, and the fast curing times mean we use less energy overall. For digital printing we use a different water-based ink that is more suitable for real-time printing. The printers apply the ink directly onto the fabric so it is totally wasteless and doesn’t require washing off.

“This print method is not just a message of sustainability for you to share with your customers, it also creates a real saving.”

Our digital printers are web-connected so software automatically configures your artwork and colour settings and print in real time. That means no set up costs or MOQ’s with digitally printed orders.

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4) Water

Wastewater from dyehouse effluent is a major source of pollution in many clothing supply chains. The products you order are dyed in a recirculation system where wastewater is settled, filtered and then cleaned to be used again. After settling and skimming the water is filtered in the most active part of the process, reverse osmosis. This is basically sucking up water through really fine sand over and over. At the end, the water coming out of the filters is crystal clear – and rather than be poured away, it is then used at the input for the next batch. It is a closed loop.

5) Packaging

We use cardboard, biothene or paper packaging depending on size of your order, and seal boxes of custom printed t-shirts with a paper-based tape.

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