At Printed by Us, we have always been passionate about providing an exceptional, eco-friendly printing service, which prioritises the environmental needs of our planet. Our mission is to provide sustainable, hand-printed designs which don’t compromise on quality and (not to give ourselves too much credit) we think we’re achieving this and more!
Therefore, in addition to hand-printing the unique and interesting designs of local artists on our garments, we have offered a custom printing service for businesses and charities alike who need high-quality printing on sustainable, ethically made garments! We understand that whether you’re a small, independent business or a large scale organisation if you need something printing for a project then it’s important that the process goes smoothly and fast. And that is why our custom printing service is quick and easy, all you need to do is go to our website and select ‘start my printing quote’. You might need to answer a few questions, but after that, we’ll do the rest! Pretty good deal right? We agree.
Read on to discover why our printing service is the best on offer…
So, why choose us?
We are an award-winning social enterprise supporting vulnerable adults to live more fulfilling lives. All of our designs are hand-printed in Sheffield as part of a supported employment programme for people affected by homelessness and other complex circumstances. As a social enterprise, we’re motivated by our desire to make the world an easier place for someone going through hard times. This is why all of the profits from our prints go back into the enterprise, enabling us to provide training and development opportunities for our team.
On top of this, we’re passionate about all things sustainable and we strive to be eco-friendly and climate-neutral in all of the prints that we make. Many large fashion companies claim to be as ethical as possible, but changes in spending habits coupled with the rise of fast fashion have created a clothing industry more unethical and less environmentally conscious than ever before. We live in an era of hyper-consumption, which isn’t particularly helpful in the middle of a climate crisis. Clothing production has doubled from 2000 to 2014 and the average consumer bought 60 per cent more clothing in 2014 than in 2000 but kept each garment half as long! Fashion companies deliberately make clothes that won’t last very long, encouraging people to buy more and more often, haphazardly trying to keep up with rapidly changing trends. However, our clothing is not only more ethical, but it will also last longer and be more special than the mass-produced and expensive clothing pushed on you by high-end brands. This is why we ensure that all of our custom printed garments have a completely ethical supply chain. Let me take you through it!
Our Clothing’s Ethical Journey
Firstly, most of our clothing is made from a mix of 100% organic cotton grown on a GOTS certified organic cotton farm in India with a blend of organic cotton cuttings and locally recycled plastic bottles. The rest of our clothing is made from 100% organic cotton. Completely free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, our cotton is also grown using less water, which is kinder for our planet, and people 😊
Then the cotton is transported to a wind-powered factory and is produced exclusively by our supplier Continental Clothing according to Fair Wear Foundation standards. This is another way that we try to support our environment. By using green renewable energy from low impact raw materials, we are proud to have a 90% reduced carbon footprint production, making us earth positive.
After this, the clothing is transported to the UK where our team in Sheffield will print your chosen design. Our printing crew is made up of a variety of different people from complex backgrounds, many of whom have experienced homelessness. The team all receive at least a 'real living wage' of £9.50 per hour for the work they do and receive ongoing support for personal and professional development.
Once your custom design has been printed onto your chosen garment, all that’s left to do is package and send your order. We package all of our prints using a 100% Recycled backing card and the packaging sleeves we use are made in the UK and are fully Biodegradable.
All of our surplus income is then reinvested back into developing the project so we can support more vulnerable adults and help them to lead fulfilling and enjoyable lives.
If you need any evidence…
We know sometimes reviews are essential before making any choice on who to go with, so here’s a few positive comments companies have had to say about the joy our custom printed garments have brought and the great service they received from our team😊
“They’re a great bunch of people and their service is second to none. Our customers are always so pleased with their products and we are too” – Henderson’s Relish
“BIG thank you for all you’ve done for One Run. It’s been a real pleasure working with you, and we are incredibly grateful for your ongoing energy, support and enthusiasm” – One Run
“Printed by Us did a fantastic job on our hoodies, they look great and feel great! We love them and so do our customers, we will definitely be getting more” – Swim Feral
So, that’s our custom printing service, completely ethical and completely worth it! And if you’re interested in using the service, all you need to do is go to our website at www.printedbyus.org,.uk.
Every penny you spend goes towards changing someone’s life.