Made only when you need them
Reducing fashion waste is going to be an ongoing process for manufacturers as well as consumers. By choosing products that are made on-demand, you make a choice that helps the world.
The better the quality, the longer the product lasts. Before we add new products, we do durability, wash, and wear tests to make sure they’ll stand the test of time. Producing long-lasting products means reducing new purchases. We work with suppliers that produce high-quality products that last many washes, keeping print colors vibrant and the fabric soft. Learn more about some of our most popular clothing suppliers, their sustainability information, and certifications in our apparel brand guide. To make our product sourcing more transparent, this year we added a Source tab to every product in our catalog, which tells you about each item's manufacturer and country of origin. You can also download product certificates—such as GOTS and OEKO-TEX—in the Description tab of all our eco-friendly products.
This product collection is growing along with the needs of our customers. Having already added 20 products in 2021, we plan on launching new eco-friendly products over time. We also offer custom printed fabric made from over 80% recycled polyester.
Our eco-friendly product collection consists of items that are made of at least 30% sustainable, recycled, or biodegradable materials.
Many of our products are printed with the direct-to-garment (DTG) technique. With DTG, ink is sprayed onto the garment, which helps it soak better into the fabric and makes the print less prone to fading. To learn more about the difference between DTG and other printing methods, take a look at this article. For more details about what inks we use for our products, check out the FAQ about our ink types.
People are the core of our company, so we want to make sure that working with us is as comfortable and accessible as possible. We offer remote work opportunities, which helps us hire more diverse people, and helps us minimize the environmental impact of our daily commute.
We've created The Green Team—from all our facilities dedicated to exploring new and environmentally conscious ways of doing things. They're continuously working on improving our internal recycling system and keeping coworkers informed about best practices of sustainability. In late 2020, any new employees joining the fulfillment team started receiving recycling training. And in 2021, we also quantified the waste streams of each facility and are now working to minimize our waste and increase the amount of waste we recycle.
We use LED lamps and recycle paper, plastic, batteries, and electronics
We try to process as many documents as we can electronically to reduce paper use
We organize walking and cycling challenges to promote greener commuting alternatives
We give back to our community and employees
We act with integrity and always strive to be better
We're not afraid to ask tough questions and go against the grain
We want our partnerships to match our values, and to clearly communicate them, we’ve developed our own Code of Conduct. It contains the guidelines we've set for our partners to help us maintain an ethical supply chain. In short, our values aim to improve production sustainability, support employees and communities, combat climate change, and ensure ethical working standards.
We’re proud to have been involved in several partnerships in Latvia, and we’re actively looking to extend our support to other company locations across the world.
We are one of the biggest supporters of Baltic Pride through powering their Diversity shop. All proceeds go to the Association of LGBT and their friends MOZAIKA, the organization behind Baltic Pride. MOZAIKA also supports us with educational materials and guest lectures on diversity topics.
We also has a long-term partnership with Junior Achievement Latvia—a non-governmental organization and an expert in business education in Latvian schools. Since 2013, we’ve been welcoming high school students in our Latvia office once a year to show them various job opportunities and what everyday work is like at Printful.
The journey of becoming more environmentally aware is a long one, and we remain open-minded and welcome customers' suggestions and opinions. We're starting with realistic, tangible goals, and looking ahead to find new ways to improve.
What azarria is doing:
Above was our manufacturer's claim for sustainability. We hope to do the same and more. As of now we have decided to partner with them from the above resources and claims they have provided. We also try to use eco-friendly products as much as we possibly can. When packaging, materials we use are cards and mailers/boxes. We make sure that we use less plastic and poly mailers when shipping. If the option is available, we use eco-friendly mailers which are 100% compostable. Our business cards are printed locally on recycled paper. By producing our products through made-to-order, we have found that their is an excess mount of waste. By eliminating holding inventory, we have found that it is more cost efficient and eco-friendly.
Thank you for joining us on our journey! Leave some suggestions down below is you have some.