2021 Recap: Sustainability and Responsibility at Printful
Jan 20, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina—Printful is committed to continuously improving its services and building a more responsible and transparent print-on-demand company. In 2021, the company made strides towards its sustainability and responsibility goals by introducing new initiatives, improving operations and fulfillment, and launching eco-conscious products.
“We see overproduction as a major global sustainability challenge. On-demand manufacturing can make a positive impact in reducing waste from production as items are made on-demand instead of in bulk. That is why 2021 has been a year of focusing on consistency and transparency in our sustainability efforts,” comments Printful CEO and co-founder Davis Siksnans.
In 2021, Printful added 20 new eco-friendly products to its collection. This brings up the total to 35 eco-friendly products, with a commitment to add more premium quality items in the future. In addition, a new informational tab has been added to all Printful products to provide more background on product sourcing. The company believes that increased transparency helps customers make informed decisions based on their values.
To further expand its product offering, Printful has decided to create their own blank products. After extensive research and development, the company launched the first product in its Printful Original line—the Premium Eco Hoodie. The company is applying its expertise to developing products specifically made for print-on-demand and selecting materials to achieve more flexibility in size, design, and color.
Last year, Printful also added creative improvements to all-over print production. All-over print products are sewn after being printed and cut from a roll of fabric, and this process results in fabric scraps that need to be thrown out. To reduce fabric waste, Printful has optimized print layouts and introduced the All-Over Print Scrunchie and All-Over Print Headband. These new items fill gaps in the fabric that would have otherwise become waste scraps.
As of May 2021, Printful facilities have started using packaging made of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics for all apparel orders. PCR plastic is a more sustainable solution as its production saves raw materials and requires less energy. Additionally, the company also plans to test out new packaging solutions throughout 2022.
As Printful expands globally, it is important to reflect company values in the growing network of suppliers. So this year, Printful plans to publish its Code of Conduct containing a detailed list of guidelines to not only build a sustainable and responsible company but also maintain an ethical supply chain.
Printful is an on-demand printing and fulfillment company that helps people turn their ideas into brands and products. The company fulfills and ships custom clothing, accessories, and home & living items for online businesses. In 2020 the company hit a revenue milestone of $208 million and has recently become the first unicorn company (valued at over $1 billion) with Latvian roots. Since its founding in 2013, Printful’s been trusted to deliver over 40M items and has scaled to a team of 1,800+ people across ten in-house fulfillment centers around the world.