Sustainable manufacturing with print-on-demand

At Shirtigo, we consider sustainable and resource-saving manufacturing of our products as one of our core values. We give you the opportunity to market sustainable fashin and contribute to the preservation of our earth and meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly products.
Nachhaltig bedruckte Organic-Produkte
Bedrucktes Shirt in DTG-Druckmaschine

Print-on-demand - we only produce what is necessary

We offer brands to build upon a sustainable print-on-demand concept, meaning we only print textiles on order. That is why there is no overproduction, which is estimated to account for more than 30% of all products in traditional retail fashion supply chains and represents one of the industries largest challenges. The POD process therefore significantly conserves resources and reduces CO2 emissions compared to traditional textile production.

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Environmentally friendly presses and inks

Compared to conventional printing processes, our DTG printing presses from Kornit consume hardly any water. Furthermore, we use water-based NeoPigment inks from Kornit, which are biodegradable and GOTS certified and therefore environmentally friendly. In addition, the inks are free of toxins, animal ingredients (vegan) and adhere to the strictest industry standards recognized worldwide.

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T-Shirt-Druck im Innenleben einer DTG-Druckmaschine
Models tragen upcycled Mode

Donating misprints & returns

Unfortunately, we cannot resell misprints and returns due to the individual copyrights owned by our customers. To save the garments from disposal and keep them in the textile cycle for as long as possible, we pass them on as donations. Our partners include the german branch of the Red Cross and the street label Hehlerei, which uses creative upcycling techniques to give the textiles a fashionable new look.

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Der Grüne Punkt - We participate in packaging recycling

All our transport packaging is licensed with "Der Grüne Punkt". If you send your order through us, you comply with the obligations to participate in the system according to the packaging law.

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Der grüne Punkt Verpackungsrecycling Label
Models tragen STANLEY/STELLA KollektionWindturbinen in der NaturWeißes T-Shirt in plastikfreier VersandverpackungZwei Deutsche-Post-Lieferwagen auf Parkplatz
Visualisierung der globalen Lieferkette auf einer Weltkarte

Transparent supply chain - under fair working conditions

Our long-standing textile supplier and partner STANLEY/STELLA sources the products from various Asian countries. The Belgian supplier attaches particular importance to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and regularly and rigorously checks every step of the supply chain for safe, humane working conditions and fair wage payments.

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Frequently asked questions

Why is print-on-demand sustainable?

In the stationary textile trade actual customer demand is often unknown and high margins allow to often destroy enormous amounts of unsold garments. The print-on-demand process avoids overproduction, because each textile is only finished when an order is received. This means that only the resources needed are used.

In addition, CO2 emissions are reduced because the order is shipped directly to the customer, eliminating the need for additional delivery routes to local warehouses and physical stores.

How environmentally friendly are DTG printers & inks?

We use the state-of-the-art digital printing machines from the market leader Kornit. The printers are characterized by the fact that they consume hardly any water and creates only biodegradable wastes in the printing process.

The printing inks are NeoPigment inks from Kornit, which are water-based and biodegradable. They also contain no toxins and are safe for small children and babies.

Where do you use green energy (electricity and gas)?

We use green electricity for the storage, printing and handling of our print products. We rely on green electricity from 100% renewable energy sources from MONTANA Energie. The energy supplier is certified in accordance with TÜV SÜD Standard QED and has received various awards, for example as a "national green electricity supplier" and "top green electricity supplier".

Are the organic products really produced sustainably?

Yes, because our organic products are made of organic cotton. This is a natural fiber that is free of genetic engineering and uses far less water than conventional cotton. Furthermore, no chemicals such as artificial fertilizers and pesticides are used in its production.

To ensure this, the textiles are certified according to the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) seal of quality. This is one of the strictest certifications for textiles made from organic fibers, which tracks the entire production chain from the cotton fields to export.

For certain organic sweatshirts a certain fraction of recycled polyester is used to give the products the needed flexiblity.

How does the climate neutral shipping work?

We use the climate-neutral shipping service from DHL's GoGreen environmental protection program. The program includes climate protection projects to offset transport-related greenhouse gas emissions.

We currently offer this service for all products where it can be offered economically. We aim to offer climate-neutral shipping for all products in the long term.

Where do misprints and returns end up?

We regularly donate misprints and returns to various buyers to protect them from destruction. For example, one of our main recipients is the creative streetwear label Hehlerei, which uses upcycling techniques to reprocess textiles that cannot be resold.

Another recipient of donations is the german Red Cross (DRK), which passes the textiles on to the DRK clothing chamber for the needy or the Rotes Kreuz store for people with low incomes.

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