How is PMUK merchandise manufactured?
It’s very important to us that all Punky products are as ethical and sustainable as possible. These are the brands that we work with for the PMUK shop, as well as their ethical policies.
More often than not, we use a local Yorkshire Punky grandmum to make our products but in some cases we use Inkthreadable for print on demand.
"As a company, Inkthreadable is committed to making sure that everything we do is carried out ethically and we expect no less from our suppliers.
Our industry is, unfortunately, one that has a bad reputation for ties to sweatshops. We don't agree with sweatshops, and we'd love to live in a world where each employee is paid a fair wage for the work that they do. We're proud to say that our own employees are paid above the national living wage regardless of the position they hold within the company.
Inkthreadable are dedicated to operating under ethical and environmentally friendly practices during our production processes. We're working hard to continue refining these processes because it's a commitment we don't take lightly. One of our main goals is to remove plastic packaging entirely, but in the meantime our current environmental policy is as follows:
All of our staff are paid above the national living wage, regardless of age.
Our DTG printers use only water-based inks. They're OEKO-TEX® approved (they don't contain any regulated or unregulated chemicals harmful to the environment).
Our catalogue offers a wide variety of organic and fair wear accredited garments.
All the excess and waste cardboard and paper we produce is recycled.
Waste ink is unavoidable, but we dispose of ours responsibily.
Failed prints are also unavoidable, and as of 1st March 2018 all products that failed quality checks will be donated to charity.
DPD, one of our delivery partners, have a carbon neutral commitment.
From April 2018 the packaging used to ship all orders is either 100% recyclable or biodegradable, or both.
Some of our items are fully manufactured in the UK, by us, and you can be confident these are produced responsibly and ethically. These products include our tote bags, throw cushions and natural throw cushions.
We're very open about our commitment to this ethics and environmental policy. If you'd like to talk to us about anything, or you have some suggestions on how we can do more, you can catch us on live chat by clicking the icon below. Alternatively, send us an email or call our office on 01254 777070. "
"Sol's supports women's emancipation as well as women's and children's education thanks to the Sreepur Village Orphanage in Bangladesh. This is more than an orphanage and operates more as a training school that helps destitute families and orphans by providing them an education and training to regain a social and professional life.
"Sol's supports the NUK (Nari Uddug Kendra) hospital to help to finance a community hospital in Bangladesh. This project aims at improving the health of the people living in the rural community and supplying the population with a low-cost and good quality medical service.
"Sol's supports the factories in order to improve the working conditions, the respect of the workers' rights and of the security rules. By affiliating with Fear Wear Foundation, Sol's also commits to make improvements that tend toward norms, based on an action plan approved by the Fear Wear Foundation. Each year, Sol's commits to provide a status report and noted improvements to Fear Wear Foundation.”
"We're passionate about doing things the right way at AWDis, which is why we only use WRAP certified factories. We and our global partners have a shared commitment to fair and safe working practices throughout our supply chain. We recognise our responsibility to ensure the manufacturing methods used match the ideals of those that wear and love our products.
"We recognise that our customers and end users have a vested interest in ethical and environmental considerations when it comes to manufacturing."
Gildan (Anvil t-shirts + kids t-shirts)
"Gildan is committed to maintaining high ethical standards in all its operations and business practices worldwide. The Gildan Code of Conduct defines Gildan's values and acts as a framework in guiding its operations and business practices, as well as those of its contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers.
"The Gildan Genuine Stewardship programme outlines its strategic priorities in the areas of People, Environment, Community and Product. Gildan incorporates social and environmental responsibility practices into its manufacturing processes, while providing a safe, healthy workplace for all its employees.
"Our Honesty Project focuses on creating fantastic product, thoughtfully engineered for the great outdoors. In doing so we will enhance the lives of those touched by our business.”
"Since day one in 2011, Stanley/Stella has embraced the Fair Wear Foundation initiatives and has been focusing on cooperating in a responsible way with its suppliers, to the benefit of all workers. Respect for the planet is also strongly rooted in our DNA, as 100% of our cotton is certified organic (by GOTS or OCS), grown without pesticides, GMOs or chemical fertilisers. Other raw materials are also highly ranked on the “sustainability scale”: recycled polyester, Modal®, Tencel®, linen, and more.
"In order to build strong and close partnerships with production facilities, Stanley/Stella has decided to select a very limited number of factories to work with, in a limited number of countries. The members of the Stanley/Stella board have made an important step towards in- creased transparency. Based on a proposal supported by the CEO and the newly appointed Sustainability Manager, we publicly name all of our factories, giving more weight to the trans- parency objective than to the business interests of keeping confidentiality.”
"We work with the very highest level of manufacturers, developing strong partnerships throughout the world. All our manufacturing locations are regularly inspected by our local representatives, ensuring that working conditions are to the very highest standard, working hours do not exceed local government criteria and child or enforced labour are strictly prohibited.
"We are also working with local charities to give back to the countries who have given us so much support through the years, something we feel very strongly and passionately about. This is what makes us the company what it is today - a forward thinking, caring and devoted organisation."
Wild & Kind (patches)
"Here at Wild and Kind Studio we have made it our mission to be ethical in every step of the way from manufacturing to delivery. When we say ethical we mean nobody has been exploited and products are cruelty free and vegan.
We are registered as a Community Interest Company, which means all of the profits we raise are fed directly back into the business, community and artists that we work with. Instead of taking artists work and making a profit from selling it through merch we collaborate by giving artists a brief to work to and upfront £50 payment for the design. The artist then receives 10% of each sale.
Like most new business the beginning takes a lot of work before there is enough profit to pay yourselves! We are currently applying for funding to give us a salary.”