Here’s the issue:

Spoonflower has worked hard to reverse this direction.

Since you have the ability to print the exact quantities you want, just the way you want them, there are no leftover materials.

Printing fabric
Cutting fabric

Organic and Earth-Friendly Fabrics

Eco-Conscious Papers

Cutting Down on Carbon

Spoonflower invests in sustaining a healthy environment by working to reduce our ecological impact in everything we do, from recycling and composting in our office to printing packing slips on recycled-content paper. We have two factories—one in Durham, N.C. and one in Berlin, Germany—to reduce shipping transit to consumers, thus cutting our carbon footprint. 

"Even though New Zealand seems small on the map, Spoonflower allows my designs to be available worldwide, and I love that everything is printed in the USA and Germany using environmentally friendly practices." 
- Penny Royal, Spoonflower designer smuk
Nelson, New Zealand​
“I’m in love with Spoonflower’s endless assortment of incredibly beautiful and unique designs, their fast and effective business model and their care for the environment.” 
- Zala Pavsek, Hiškarija 
Ljubljana, Slovenia
“My business would truly not work without Spoonflower. The fabric that I design for my zipper pouches is the foundation of my business and having it printed in the U.S. with eco-friendly inks and fabric is the only way I would do what I do, and thanks to Spoonflower this is possible.” 
- Janie Allen, Snuppets™
St. Petersburg, Florida

Sustainability is at the heart of all that we do— 

you could say it’s in our nature to go green. 

A Cleaner Approach

Here are some areas where we strive to make a difference in the textile industry.

Organic Sateen Ultra
Organic Cotton Knit Ultra
Eco Canvas
Organic Cotton Knit Ultra
Woven Wallpaper
Smooth Wallpaper
Roostery Isobar Wallpaper

The textile industry is rife with sustainability problems: from the use of toxic inks and wasteful practices for materials and water, to a race to utilize the cheapest materials such as vinyl—no matter the environmental impact.

Our print-on-demand process is designed to minimize fabric and ink waste. 
We began with a holistic approach that addresses three key issues:

Water Conservation

Spoonflower’s pigment printing process consumes very little water to begin with, making it an eco-friendly solution in the textile printing industry. Our pigment inks meet the Oeko-Tex 100 requirements to be free of restricted chemicals and are mixed from 4-8 basic colors as your fabric is printed, so unlike screen printing, there’s no mixing of colors in advance.

Clean Ingredients

To ensure products are safe, we select the best-in-class fabrics, inks and dyes. All of our wallcoverings and gift wrap are printed with water-based latex inks that carry the GREENGUARD Gold certification. We avoid fabrics with any flame-retardant applications, and our fabrics pass tests ruling out harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and lead.

“My proudest accomplishment over the last year is being selected as one of the top three finalists for the Canadian Sustainability Awards. I love that Spoonflower uses eco-friendly dyes, and I’m exploring ways to use more sustainable textiles like recycled jerseys in my work as well.” 
- Ashley Alexis McFarlane, Omi Woods 
Toronto, Canada
Rare Bear sew-in

Recycling and Reusing

Marketplace fabric that is returned to the factory is donated (designers still earn their commissions!) to programs such as the RARE Bear sew-in, a grassroots outreach initiative for kids with rare diseases. Unprinted fabric remnants are available to local artists and makers in the Spoonflower community. Fabric that doesn’t meet our high standards never makes it to the landfill in the U.S., as it is shredded for industrial applications like car upholstery and furniture stuffing, bedding and flooring.

Sustainability Infographic showing how much waste Spoonflower has diverted from landfills by composting since 2015
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Reducing the use of materials, energy and water by choosing a pigment printing process instead of reactive dye

Minimizing fabric waste by only printing what is needed, plus recycling and transforming any fabric waste

Ethically sourcing materials from a small group of trusted vendors

The textile industry is the #2 polluter of freshwater in the world.

How many 2-liter bottles of water does it take to produce 5 yards of conventional fabric?


Answer: 100

How are we different?
Our process uses less than a thimble full of water to print the same amount of fabric.