Within the US alone, a staggering 11.3 million tonnes of textile waste is produced annually. As an on-demand manufacturing and success firm, we purpose to scale back that quantity and be a part of the answer.
Printful solely creates merchandise as soon as an order is positioned, and 80% of our orders are delivered in the identical area they’re fulfilled. That signifies that overproduction is drastically decreased, and strategically-located success facilities guarantee decrease CO₂ emissions when transporting orders.
What’s extra, our crew is at all times in search of new methods to enhance our enterprise practices—whether or not that’s via sustainable packaging or eco-friendly product improvement.
Interested by what we managed to do in 2022? Hold studying to be taught extra.
Enhancing our sustainable packaging
In 2022, we elevated the post-consumer-recycled (PCR) plastic content material from 30%–70% to 90%–100% for all our attire mailers in North America. It’ll take some time to deplete current packaging inventory, however with this alteration, we’re citing the minimal PCR plastic content material threshold to 70% worldwide.
PCR plastic is comprised of on a regular basis recyclables like plastic bottles. Recycled content material saves uncooked supplies and requires much less power to supply.
We’ve additionally modified our eco-friendly packaging design in North America. It’s nonetheless white-label packaging, however we’ve added an informative QR code and recycling data to enhance the tip buyer’s expertise.
Earlier than implementing these adjustments, we additionally did analysis on different sustainable packaging supplies. For extra particulars on our sustainable packaging journey, try this text or watch the video under.
Increasing eco-friendly product availability within the US
Final yr we added 22 new eco-friendly merchandise. That features switching from common to recycled polyester cloth for sure Printful bestsellers just like the All-Over Print Males’s Recycled Athletic Shorts and our All-Over Print Girls’s Recycled Athletic Shorts.
In actual fact, we’ve launched extra recycled all-over-print merchandise than ever and launched eco-friendly SOL’S merchandise within the US, enhancing the worldwide availability of our eco-friendly product assortment.
You may be taught extra about SOL’S method to sustainability from their CEO, Audélia Krief, on this latest Ask Printful episode.
Strengthening our eco-friendly product assortment
We strengthened our eco-friendly product assortment by growing the minimal sustainable materials content material threshold from 30% to 70%.
Now our eco-friendly product assortment consists of things product of no less than 70% natural or recycled supplies, or such materials blends.
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At the moment, that features natural cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, and natural cotton/recycled polyester cloth blends.
We additionally revised certification necessities for our eco-friendly product assortment. As proof of the product’s natural composition, we now solely settle for both GOTS or OCS certificates, and for recycled composition, both GRS or RCS certificates.
|Abbreviation||Full certificates identify||What’s it?|
|GOTS||World Natural Textile Customary||GOTS is a number one textile processing customary for natural fibers that features ecological and social standards.|
|OCS||Natural Content material Customary||OCS is a certification for non-food items that confirms the natural materials presence within the remaining product.|
|GRS||World Recycled Customary||Each GRS and RCS set necessities for recycled content material and confirm the availability chain. The GRS consists of further standards for social and environmental processing necessities and chemical restrictions.|
|RCS||Recycled Declare Customary|
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Enabling CO2 offsetting for patrons
Decreasing our impression on the surroundings has meant enhancing packaging, decreasing cloth waste, and introducing sustainable materials. What else have we made strides with? Empowering our prospects to make higher buying selections.
We just lately partnered with Native to present our prospects the choice to offset all CO2 emissions related to their orders via our standard shipping rate with CO2 offsetting. For the time being, this charge is offered for dwell delivery charge customers and private orders positioned out of your Printful Dashboard.
Though it wasn’t the primary time calculating our footprint, final yr we improved information high quality and dug deeper into our oblique emissions (issues like enterprise journey, worker commutes, waste administration, delivery, and many others.).
We’ve additionally made the choice to be clear about our numbers. Extra transparency empowers our prospects to make better-informed selections.
We discovered that, on common, one Printful product emits 27.99 lb. (12.67 kg) of CO2. This quantity might fluctuate from yr to yr based mostly on the earlier yr’s information. This occurs due to new merchandise, completely different delivery patterns, shopper habits, and different variables.
Persevering with to scale back cloth waste
We continued enhancing our all-over-print product layouts, leading to a material waste lower of two.5 share factors in comparison with 2021.
At Printful, we make our all-over-print merchandise from scratch, printing product components on rolls of material, reducing them out, after which stitching them collectively. Gaps between product cutouts end in cloth scraps that we’re efficiently decreasing yr after yr.
We have been additionally capable of recycle or upcycle 787,524 lb. (357,215 kg) of broken merchandise and unclaimed product returns. However not every part goes straight to the recycling bin—at any time when potential, we donate merchandise which are in good situation. This yr, most product donations got to Ukrainian refugees.
Partnering with Sedex
Whereas we’re working to enhance our inner processes, we acknowledge that our impression additionally goes past Printful partitions. That’s why we’re working to map our provide chain, enhance our sourcing processes, and collect key moral information from our suppliers.
To get there, we’ve partnered with Sedex, one of many world’s main moral commerce service suppliers. Their platform offers sensible instruments and allows members to enhance working situations in world provide chains.
At the moment, we’re within the technique of onboarding our suppliers and ensuring they’re registered on the Sedex platform.
We’re not stopping there
Printful’s imaginative and prescient is to make on-demand manufacturing the norm for a planet with finite sources and other people with infinite concepts. It’s an bold aim, so we’re taking it one step at a time, and look ahead to implementing extra sustainable initiatives sooner or later. We respect you being alongside for the experience.