Sustainability has become more and more important to consumers across industries. And for good reason. Especially in the apparel industry, where many garment manufacturers are notorious for wasteful and polluting manufacturing processes. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be taking a look at the eco-friendly processes at many of the manufacturer’s whose products we print on.
Be Different. It’s a message that has encouraged Bella+Canvas to think differently and set themselves apart as true innovators in their industry.
With this in mind, Bella+Canvas has another internal motto: Earth First. Always. Their eco-friendly process has made them who they are today –– a company with a focus on sustainable practices in both their production and corporate levels.
Apparel manufacturers in California, where strong environmental protection standards foster a culture of sustainability, have the challenge of setting goals to exceed the regulations set for them, and Bella+Canvas have certainly been up to the task. Bella+Canvas’s goals are based around water reduction, energy reduction, and having virtually zero waste.
In this post, we'll take an inside look at Bella+Canvas' efforts to ensure all of their products are kind to our planet, and take a look at some of our favorite Bella+Canvas products.
Bella+Canvas has implemented technologies to make a positive impact on the planet and achieve a level of sustainability –– notably, their newer dye machines. These machines allow them to use 7x less water than the average clothing manufacturer, which saves 24 million gallons a week!
It's also nice to note that any water used is also run through a filtration system that allows it to be recycled. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) strictly regulates the textile industry that ensures no harmful chemicals affect the ecosystem.
Furthermore, the manufacturing process at Bella+Canvas has been identified to meet Bluesign criteria. Bluesign is a system that guarantees products are manufactured with the lowest possible impact on people and the environment. It acts as an independent verifier of continuous improvement and development techniques that companies utilize in their manufacturing process. This means that consumers may be assured in all manufacturing steps from the raw material to the finished product. Bluesign checks all these steps and makes sure companies use all resources responsibly. By purchasing approved products customers play an integral part in supporting sustainable development of the textile industry.
Bella+Canvas has taken steps to reduce energy usage by introducing solar energy in its plants, with over 450 thousand square feet of solar power to power their headquarters and facilities.
Additionally, in order to reduce artificial lighting around the office building, they’ve added skylights to bring in some natural lighting. In their facilities, motion-sensor LED lighting is preferred over traditional lights, this allows them to use significantly less energy.
Electric car charging stations at their headquarters encourage the use of plug-in vehicles. All of these efforts are made for reducing co2 emissions and is an indicator of a significant initiative in their industry.
Bella+Canvas encourages employees to recognize even the smallest habits or actions that may lead to severe global pollution problems. Thus, everything possible - fabric, plastic, bottles, paper & more - is recycled in every office. Bella+Canvas’ warehouses are proudly “paper free” since the order process is completely digitized and any damaged fabrics are repurposed into other products such as pillow stuffing or dog bed filling.
They also utilize eco-friendly packaging, which they write messages on to inspire their customers to reuse shipping boxes and help make a difference.
All these sustainable actions taken by Bella+Canvas remarkably reduce their ecological footprint and can't be left unnoticed. WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) globally recognized them as a company with responsible workplace and environmental standards. WRAP is the world’s largest independent factory-based social compliance certification program, andts goal is to assure manufacturing companies perform under safe, lawful, humane and ethical conditions.
WRAP’s 12 principles are: compliance with laws and workplace regulations, prohibition of forced labor, prohibition of child labor, prohibition of harassment and abuse, compensation and benefits, hours of work, prohibition of discrimination, health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, environment, custom compliance, and security. Companies implementing all these principles are being constantly monitored and regulated by WRAP staff.
What’s more, contractors and suppliers of certified companies have to comply with these standards as well. Bella+Canvas is one the 2,724 WRAP certified companies in the world that shows a positive example for other companies in the textile industry and beyond.
The apparel industry is notorious for having what is considered to be one most wasteful and polluting manufacturing processes. Bella+Canvas not only optimized manufacturing techniques to reduce plastic and excess fabric waste, but also involved headquarters and office facilities to the green initiatives. Vast amounts of energy were saved and all waste and water was recycled… Waste not, want not!
We currently offer many Bella+Canvas blanks from unisex short and long sleeve t-shirts, to women t-shirts and a cropped hoodie. One of their most popular custom unisex tees is 3001U made in the USA. It’s super comfy since it’s made of 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 32 single 4.2 oz.. It’s presented in multiple colors from standard white and black to leaf, military green, deep heather, true royal and more.
We also offer two face mask options, the ST323 and the TT044. Both masks are ideal for everyday wear since they are ultra soft, reusable and easily washable. Our team can help you bring any bold ideas into life by customizing your masks.
All these items are made with the same amount of dedication and love for the garment. If you’re looking to make a purchase that supports the social and environmental responsibility of textile manufacturers, Bella+Canvas is a solid choice.
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