Sustainability

We are not at 100% sustainability yet however any chance we get, we use organic materials that are ethically sourced through our manufacturer. In order to reduce overproduction and excess waste our products are made to order. 

The following information has been collected via our manufacturer, which we have researched and found the below efforts to combat sustainability challenges.

Sustainability matters to our customers, our team, and of course, the planet. We also know that all the sustainability challenges in the fashion industry don’t have a quick fix. To learn more about our efforts through our manufacturer, take a look at our sustainability timeline. 

Our Manufacturers Timeline:

October 2020

Established a Green Team for our facilities

January 2021

Partnered with Geocycle and Martex to process fabric waste

September 2021

Developed a sponsorship policy

August 2020

Switched to triangle poster boxes without plastic caps

December 2020

Started measuring cut & sew fabric waste

February 2021

Launched our first recycled all-over print product

December 2021

Established a Code of Conduct
The fashion industry needs to make fundamental changes to protect the climate from harm. Our goal is to provide a less wasteful way of production through 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 made-to-order, you choose apparel that's created only as the order is placed, creating less fabric waste than conventional manufacturing.
As of May 2021, we’ve started using packaging made of post-consumer recycled plastics for all apparel orders shipped from our in-house facilities. We’ve also reduced the use of packaging altogether and introduced triangular cardboard boxes for poster orders to replace tubes with plastic end caps.
To reduce our fabric waste, we introduced a new product—all-over print Scrunchies. They are small enough to be created from fabric scraps that would have otherwise gone to waste. Our damaged and returned products get donated to local charities, like the Red Cross, the American Kidney Fund, and Goodwill.

72,840 lb.

Weight of plastic caps saved

649,298 lb.

Weight of fabrics recycled in 2021

81%

Orders fulfilled and shipped locally
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.

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.
Sustainable office supplies
We use LED lamps and recycle paper, plastic, batteries, and electronics
Sustainability in office
We try to process as many documents as we can electronically to reduce paper use
Sustainable company
We organize walking and cycling challenges to promote greener commuting alternatives
Ethics and social responsibility in company
We give back to our community and employees
We act with integrity and always strive to be better
Business ethics and social responsibility
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.