There is a dedicated goal to always offer the most sustainable and fairest product. Our product selection will be measured by this and - according to the business and social circumstances - constantly change. The guidelines of our suppliers already meet the requirements of the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA).
To ensure that delivery distances are short, we currently have printing partners in the following locations: USA (Charlotte, NC and Los Angeles, CA) and in Europe (Riga, Latvia and Barcelona, Spain). An additional location is currently planned in Canada.
Sustainable fashion is the future! That's why The Philosopher's Shirt is taking steps to make sure we're part of the movement. We only produce items we get an order for, avoiding textile waste from overproduction. Our printing partner's state-of-the-art printing tech creates almost no wastewaters and uses less energy. Each product you see in our webshop is made on-demand – once you place an order, we produce it specifically for you. This allows us to avoid overproduction and textile waste. So forget about mass-produced clothing and buy your unique one-off from us! In traditional made-to-sell retail stores, products are made in large quantities and often exceed market demand. Around 85% of all textiles produced by the fashion industry end up in landfills, making it a major contributor to environmental damage.
Our clothing is printed with the direct-to-garment (DTG) printing method. The printing tech we use is made with sustainability in mind, and our DTG printers use almost zero wastewater and less energy, lowering our carbon footprint. The inks we use for printing are water-based and free of harmful chemicals. We take care to dispose of any left-over ink according to the ink supplier guidelines, so we’re not harming the environment.
Our prices may be higher than those of our competitors who offer different designs and products. We can assure you that from the fourth quarter of 2019 - after a change of production partner - we will guarantee impeccable quality. This applies both to the printing and to the quality of the fabrics used. Of course, you can also buy a T-shirt at a discount store at a much lower price, but this is exactly where the difference lies. We do not produce our products in advance and therefore do not have a stock of finished printed articles. On the one hand, this makes ecological sense because we do not produce things that do not sell at the end of the day and may have to be destroyed. On the other hand, it also makes economic sense because there are no storage costs. The difference to the wholesale trade is, however, that with this approach we do not get any quantity discounts on the purchase. In addition, we would like to point out that the price includes more than just a T-shirt or the other products offered, but also the value of the idea, the work performance in printing, packaging and shipping and the customer service on our part. If you find our designs cheaper on other marketplaces and platforms, we cannot guarantee the delivered quality.
The print is prepared with a liquid on the T-shirt. After drying, only the white print remains on the navy colored shirt:
The dryer works with a treadmill:
The print head at work:
Gradual application of the different colours on white primer:
Another print head for more complex designs:
After printing, before drying:
Removal of fuselage and particles:
Ah yes, the means of production:
The dryer in full swing:
Quality check and folding: