Manufacturing Practices, Social and Environmental Impact

Printing Methods

All of our Authentic-Vegan T-Shirts, hoodies, sweats, “shoulder tote bags” and cushions use the Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing method:

DTG uses inkjet printing technology with specialized water based (no insects) textile inks manufactured by DuPont. DTG yields outstanding results on most garments. The practice of curing these water based inks within the fabric yields an extremely comfortable print with a soft feel on the fabric.

Tote bags (except Shoulder tote bags), cushions, mugs, phone cases use the dye sublimation method:

Dye sublimination is a heat and pressure transfer system. Sublimination ink is transferred onto polyester and specially coated surfaces like metal or ceramic using heat and pressure. This is an image transfer process which leaves a completely "no-hand print." 

All of the dyes used are GOTS approved chemicals and use low-water and controlled waste discharge processes, certified to OekoTex 100 Class I standard and conforming to REACH. Organic certified fabrics are dyed in a zero-discharge dye house. All of the water in this dye house is recycled in a closed-loop system.

CO2e is the total carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other greenhouse gases that are emitted during the cultivation and harvesting of cotton, fiber processing, textile production, packaging, transportation and warehousing.  

We utilize EarthPositive® products, which are manufactured using methods that reduce the carbon footprint by a whopping approximately 90%. This is achieved via a combination of novel product design, low impact organic agriculture, manufacturing efficiency, and the use of renewable wind power in lieu of standard grid electricity. Carbon offsets are not used in these calculations; the footprint calculations are certified by the Carbon Trust Certifications in the U.K. It has been calculated that a single EarthPositive® T-shirt will save approximately 7 kilograms of CO2e, and a hoodie saves up to 28 kgs. 

All of the EarthPositive® products carry the registered mark “Climate Neutral," due to their accomplishment of having taken their greenhouse gas emissions to pre-industrial levels.

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