If you’re a small charity or a startup brand, you might be surprised to learn that sustainability is within your budget. We make t-shirts from organic cotton and print using low impact inks in our renewable energy powered factory and you might even find that our prices are more affordable than standard non-organic items. In this blog we’re going to be checking out how that’s possible: From the tech under our factory roof to easy-to-use design software and our direct to factory supply chain. If you’re looking for a cheap supply of t-shirts for your custom clothing project, these are 6 ways we create savings that we pass on to you.
1) High tech factory
We bought a supermarket and built one of the world’s most high tech t-shirt factories on the land. Our UK based facility runs at an incredible level of efficiency which makes it affordable for us to use more sustainable materials and leads to cost savings that we pass on to you. Our manufacturing engineers are constantly improving our systems keeping us at the leading edge of t-shirt printing technology.
“Our UK t-shirt printing factory can run an optimum performance all day long creating big gains in time and efficiency. We use these savings to help absorb the normally higher costs of using more sustainable materials which are how our products are competitive on price AND amazing quality.”
Our technology allows us to make products in the seconds after they are ordered. Real-time manufacturing reduces waste and reduces cost, making lower impact products more affordable and accessible.
2) Fast technology means cheaper products
For small orders of under 50 items we use super modern digital printing. The whole process of placing your order online to receiving it in the post can take as little as 24 hours. You can design and order online and because our website is connected directly to our factory systems, computers can prepare and set up the print – meaning that there is no minimum order or setup cost.
“You can literally order just one item without a setup fee. There are no minimums”
For wholesale orders over 50 items, we print using a different method called screen printing. Screen printing is the cheapest way to print t-shirts once you get up to bigger volumes. With the capacity to print thousands of t-shirts per day, we can turn your order round in a flash, whilst our price breaks help you to benefit from economies of scale and get more for your money. You can get a quote right away.
3) It’s easy to put together your own design
Personalising your order online is another place we’ve created a saving – you can do it all yourself without hiring a professional designer. It’s easy to create an amazing t-shirt with our design tools. You can upload your own art, add text and select colours using a straightforward interface – it’s all available for free on our website.
When you use screen printing for large orders you will need artwork in vector format. You can do this yourself too with basic editing software like Adobe Illustrator. We even give away templates on our website to help you out. Of course, you can hire a professional designer to do it for you, but the design is probably the most enjoyable part of creating a t-shirt. Our advice is to get stuck in yourself.
4) We design and make our own blank garments
Most regular UK t-shirt printers buy blank products through a wholesaler, who buy from a distributor who buys from an agent who gets blank garments from a factory. That’s a lot of middlemen for you to pay, and if you want a low price it means compromising on quality or worse, at unnecessary cost to the people who make the product overseas. There’s something fundamentally different about products that we make for you, and that is that we design and manufacture blank products ourselves, cutting out the middle-man so you can benefit directly from our supply chain which is audited for a range of social and sustainability criteria. This means we can offer significantly better quality products at excellent value.
5) Amazing price breaks
For orders over 50 items, we’ve put in place large volume price breaks to help you benefit from economies of scale and get more for your money. So the more products you order, the better the price. In fact, with price breaks you can save up to ten times more than digital printing, depending on the size of your order.
Need a top-up? No worries. We’ll safely store your artwork on our system and re-shoot your screens for half the price.
6) Ordering to sell t-shirts online? Try Teemill. It’s free
In the age of the internet of things, spending money on upfront stock is a thing of the past. The single biggest thing we’ve done to slash costs for our customers is creating a real-time, print on demand warehousing and fulfillment service that lets you build your own brand and sell t-shirts online. It’s designed for people who are looking to sell exclusively online and it’s called Teemill. When you make a sale using Teemill we print and ship it directly to your customer and send you the profit. It’s easy to get started and the best bit? Teemill is free