Econic is the official apparel supplier for Telus’ Day of Giving
This post is generously sponsored by Econic, a custom wholesale apparel company that uses ethical and sustainable production practices. As always, EcoCult only works with companies we believe are doing good, innovative things.
The sustainable fashion scene has grown immensely over the past several years, and we’re here for it. It seems like every day I find another gorgeous brand using (or at least transitioning to) organic or recycled fabrics and manufacturing in ways that come at the most minimal cost to people and planet. I can only hope the trend continues to the point where making goods and apparel ethically and sustainably is the norm… but we aren’t there yet. Although there are a few things that over-saturate the space, there are also several things that are STILL difficult to find in ethical and eco-friendly form. Customizable, wholesale apparel is one of those things…. until now.
Say you’re in charge of planning the 5K fundraiser for the non-profit you work for and you need to order 1,500 organic participant t-shirts. Or maybe you’re helping put on a sustainable conference and need to find eco-friendly merch for swag bags or branded shirts for volunteers. Perhaps you’re in charge of updating your team’s uniforms, or maybe you have a socially-conscious business of your own and you need branded apparel for your employees. Where in the world do you find affordable, customizable apparel that’s actually made ethically and sustainably? You can bet that the usual go-to companies like Cafe Press and Vista Print are making their swag under dubious conditions halfway across the globe and using synthetic (plastic) fabrics and toxic dyes.
As it turns out, there are a few really amazing companies out there that will help you create custom, budget-friendly wholesale apparel and accessories. The problem is that since most of them have traditionally worked primarily with businesses rather than individual consumers, they’re just hard to find! So, we’ve dug around and rounded up the most high-quality and eco-friendly companies who will be glad to create your custom swag—whether you’re organizing a march, selling logo tees in your coffee shop, or putting together swag bags for your event. Here you go:
Econic has made custom apparel for companies like Canada’s National Swim Team, LUSH, the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, BackCountry Brewing beer company, The David Suzuki Foundation, and more. Kemp Edwards, Econic’s Founder, has been innovating within the apparel and sporting goods space for over 20 years, creating things like fully biodegradable eyewear and award-winning sustainable apparel programs for large sporting events like the 2010 Olympics. Always keeping his eye out for what’s needed most, Edwards took his 10+ years of manufacturing experience and put it toward launching Econic, giving large and small businesses and organizations an accessible way to order custom sustainable apparel and merchandise.
All of Econic’s products are manufactured using GOTS certified, ring-spun combed, organic cotton and/or recycled polyesters. Plus, everything is knit, dyed, cut and sewn in Canada to support a stronger domestic economy. They have an in-house team of fashion and industrial designers to help you develop new eco-conscious products, from tees to aprons to accessories, using your logo and brand colors (whether you need 50 or 50,000). You can even private label your merch to make you and your team look even more official.
Stellar Customer Service
Putting in a huge wholesale order feels risky. If you end up with a blurry graphic or the wrong color on 10,000 tees, you’re going to have a serious budget problem and a ton of waste. Thankfully, the Econic team walks you through every step of the process, even helping to create samples of your apparel to make sure it’s just right before you put in a huge order.
CAUSEGEAR carries a wide variety of totes and tees while providing sustainable employment and empowerment to marginalized individuals around the world. Most items can be co-branded with your logo or message with custom embroidery, screen printing, or leather embossment. CAUSEGEAR has made eco-friendly, ethical swag for companies like NPR, Duracell, and United Airlines.
Atayne would be the perfect option for a 5k fundraiser or bike ride. They make custom short and long sleeve shirts, hats, arm sleeves that are made completely out of recycled materials. They are a certified B Corp and everything is made to order in the USA.
Loomstate elevates brands with eco-friendly, custom design uniforms and apparel, from crew uniforms to aprons to totes and other gear. Everything is made through an ethical and transparent supply chain out of certified organic cotton. Loomstate has collaborated with companies like Chipotle, Shake Shack, and the Climate March.
Freeset exists to offer employment to people who’ve been marginalized by society. They work with a non-profit partner that provides health, literacy, economic, educational, and emotional support services to Freeset employees in West Bengal, India. They use certified organic fabrics to create custom bags, t-shirts, and wristbands—and they’ve got a lot of different ones for you to choose from!
Ordinary Supply uses OEKO-TEX® certified inks and dyes for all of their products and printing. Based in Toronto, they keep every other step of production within 150km in order to reduce carbon emissions from transit by an estimated 75%. Choose from the basic tees and sweats.
Fed By Threads is an American-made, CO2 neutral, supply chain transparent, eco-corporate apparel business that exclusively carries only certified, responsibly manufactured products. Not only that, but they provide emergency meals with each purchase through feedingamerica.org.