How Are We Sustainable?

Experience as a print-on-demand online business...

Experience as a print-on-demand online business...

EcoGreen Fit Wear operates as a predominately Print-on-demand (POD) activewear brand and is the key to our environmentally friendly fit wear line.  

Our stock

The biggest advantage of our POD brand is that we produce less waste using this method of production.  EcoGreen Fit Wear avoids manufacturing in bulk in order to save money. we only print a product when a customer places an order for it, creating items that already have a known customer.

This lets us avoid overproduction—excess items that don’t get sold and have to be thrown out or burned.  With 92 million tons of textile going to waste in the fashion industry each year, a business model like this is a game-changer.

Majority of our waste mainly comes from the items that are damaged during printing, and our rate for damaged items is within the industry standard.

EcoGreen Fit Wear donates returned items to local charities and offers damaged apparel to animal shelters who can use them for their needs.

The products we print on and where we source them also matter. That’s why our team is constantly working on adding new items to our product line and one of our yearly goals is to diversify.

Sourcing and adding premium products that yield high-quality print results take time. For each item, we test samples from several suppliers to see which works best. After our team is sure which product is the winner, it’s added to our activewear brand. This involves taking product photos, developing the product page, doing follow-up tests, etc.

Adding sustainable products also means finding sustainable suppliers. We aim to find suppliers that use solar energy, limits water use, and recycles waste by-products to make sure their products can sport the eco-friendly tag.
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What’s more, we only buy the products we need to fulfill our customer orders. Ordering stock only when we need it goes hand in hand with the idea that products only get printed when an order is placed.
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We use our data to constantly work on the catalog by removing unpopular items or products that often get damaged during printing. This way we don’t keep stock that doesn’t get used and has to be disposed of, avoiding textile waste.
 

Our equipment

EcoGreen Fit Wear aims to make the printing itself as eco-friendly as possible.  We’re proud to have specialists that are committed to efforts in sustainabililty, using printers that produce almost zero wastewater and use less energy, lowering our carbon footprint.


Our method of printing is direct-to-garment (DTG) printing which is more sustainable than older apparel printing methods, such as screen printing. Not only does screen printing use a lot of water and plastisol inks that don’t biodegrade, but it’s also tended towards bulk orders which can lead to overproduction. In comparison, our DTG printing method is more eco-friendly because items get printed only when there’s already a customer for them.

Most important, the inks we use for printing are water-based and free of harmful chemicals. We take care to dispose of any left-over ink according to our supplier guidelines, so we’re not harming the environment.
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Our offices

Our offices are located in North America and Europe so we are close to where our customers are. This means we can ship products faster and cut the shipping distances, resulting in less air and water pollution.

We recycle (paper, cardboard, plastic, and batteries), and use energy-efficient LED lights in our offices and fulfillment locations, and we’re always looking for new ways to save energy. 

We’re also making our internal process more efficient across all locations by limiting the use of plastic for single item shipments. We look forward to reaching new targets each year.

 

So, whats next...

We understand athlesiure wear and active wear is in high demand and people need clothes. But in order to treat the environment and people who live here better, we are going to continue to step up each year.

As a fitness brand the offers sustainable activewear and athlesiure wear, we’re taking responsibility for the impact our business has on the world and working to help our customers become more sustainable. Most of all, we’re excited to share this journey with you!