As we previously told you why ecological and sustainable manufacturing is important, now we have decided to tell you how to be more ecological and sustainable in our manufacturing processes. As an apparel store, being eco-friendly is not an option anymore. Now buyers expect that you’re minimizing your impact on the environment as part of your ethical business practices. So yes, if you don’t act sustainably, some buyers may choose to go somewhere else.
Ecologically Sustainable Store
The good news is that our today’s efforts of sustainable manufacturing are not only good for our planet but also, we are giving a clean environment to our future generations. Being eco-friendly, you stay ahead of government regulations and help mitigate environmental risks.
Before going further to make your shop more sustainable, check out these stats from various researches that how being good to the planet is good to your business:
92% of people are more likely to trust environmentally conscious brands
88% of buyers are more loyal to a company that supports environmental issues
87% of consumers prefer to buy a product with an environmental benefit if given the chance
66% of buyers are willing to pay more for sustainable products
According to industry experts, Direct to Garment (DTG) paired with print-on-demand can be an overall more sustainable approach to manufacturing. It can reduce half of the emission and industrial waste. Not long ago, companies print on large scales and then send their stock to showrooms and warehouses. From their consumers buy some merchandise and the rest is just waste or out of trend because of fast-growing fashion. Most of the time, the leftover merchandise goes to landfills.
Luckily now, most of the brands have moved to a print-on-demand strategy. Now, when a customer orders online, and then you print and ship the order. This is a more sustainable process because, while an online store may have thousands of designs, you only manufacture the ones you sell. We at DreamBIGStudio are following the same strategy keeping in mind sustainability.
Another wise approach we are following is the usage of water-based inks. Our water-based inks are made of more naturally occurring substances than plastisol, so you don’t need harsh chemicals to clean them up.
Reduced Energy Consumption
Reducing your energy consumption can play a pivotal role in a sustainable, eco-friendly process in the print industry. Prioritizing the use of renewable energies, like wind and solar power, for instance, is a great starting point.
Furthermore, business owners can make sure their business premises are well insulated. This can help to avoid burning excessive amounts of energy during the summer and winter months. Even little things, like using appliances that decrease your water usage and installing energy-efficient lighting, can make a huge impact on the grand ecological scheme of things.
Use Recycled Paper
The unique versatility and re-usability of paper have made it one of the most widely used products in the world. From packaging to product development, paper has become an essential part of most global industries. And, of course, it's a significant impact on the printing industry, too.
That's why promoting the use of recycled paper fibers rather than new ones is a great step forward that printers can take to keep the recycling cycle growing. As one of the few truly renewable products, recycled paper emits a lower carbon footprint and supports sustainable forest management.So whether you are looking to buy a t-shirt, an alternative means of promoting your business, or making some side income with merch, choosing an eco-friendly and sustainable manufacturing process is always a good choice for your business and planet.