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.

A Cleaner Approach

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

Printing fabric
Cutting fabric

Organic and Earth-Friendly Fabrics

Eco-Conscious Wallpapers

Environmentally Conscious

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. 

Sustainability is at the heart of all that we do— 

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

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 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 are printed with water-based latex inks. We avoid fabrics with any flame-retardant applications, and our fabrics pass tests ruling out harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and lead.

Recycling and Reusing

Any Marketplace fabric returned to the factory is available for purchase through an employee shop (artists still earn their commissions!). Home decor orders that are returned or cancelled are donated to the Green Chair Project and A Lotta Love. Unprinted fabric remnants are available to local artists and makers in the Spoonflower community.

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

Minimizing fabric waste by only printing what is needed and donating unprinted fabric waste

Ethically sourcing materials from a small group of trusted vendors

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.

Prepasted Removable Smooth Wallpaper

Peel and Stick Removable
Woven Wallpaper

Non-Paste Traditional
Pebble Wallpaper

pounds of waste diverted from landfill into compost

pounds of methane avoided

*As of June 2021, through our composting efforts

Since 2015

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

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 artist pennyroyal
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, Hiśkarija
Ljubljana, Slovenia

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