About Our Partners

What makes a product organic? What makes a product green? There are many ways something can be eco-friendly. Local Universe works with these amazing environmentally friendly companies doing it right in a variety of ways: 
 
OUR SCREENPRINTER: SUPERIOR INK
Superior Ink has done some major overhauls in order to get Certifiably Green. We use energy efficient machines, water-based inks, and eco-friendly cleaners for our products. We also encourage our client base to use sustainably sourced apparel. We recycle more than 75 percent of our waste. We are committed to providing a sustainable, eco-friendly experience in all of our practices. 
 
OUR SHIPPING MATERIALS SUPPLIER: ECOENCLOSE
We prioritize packaging that is made with as much recycled content as humanly possible. Within “recycled content” we seek the highest level of post-consumer waste (versus post-industrial waste) allowable without hindering the quality of the packaging. For certain packaging needs, recycled content (especially post-consumer recycled content) is not feasible or practical. When we find this to be the case, we first look to post-industrial content and next to packaging made with renewable raw materials.

We prioritize materials that are as easily recyclable as possible, with a focus on those that can be recycled back into themselves (versus downcycled into a lower value item).

Because of the first two criteria above, EcoEnclose has prioritized recycled paper and recycled plastic e-commerce packaging and has not focused on virgin bioplastics.

How materials and packaging are manufactured is critical, regardless of the packaging material. EcoEnclose seeks US-based supply chain partners with demonstrated commitments to transparent sourcing, renewable energy, minimizing resource utilization and responsible waste management.

We help e-commerce businesses reduce the volume of packaging and material they need to use by providing custom shipping boxes sized perfectly for the products they are delivering and mailers in a broad variety of sizes.

We use the most eco-minded inks possible for printing and branding, with a focus on those that use as little petroleum as possible, produce the least amount of toxins, and that have a low impact on recycling or composting.

We help our customers motivate their customers to reuse or recycle their packaging to support the cradle-to-cradle cycle of materials.

We are honest and transparent. We state the minimum recycled content levels of our products and never use meaningless phrases (such as up to 15% recycled content) to describe them. We provide detail on post-consumer content levels and information on how items can be recycled. 

 
OUR BAGS SUPPLIER: ECONSCIOUS
We see ourselves as global citizens who have an opportunity to create a positive impact on the people we do business with around the world. We’ve made a point of getting to know the people who help make our goods, and we hold these relationships in very high regard. We believe an ethos of reciprocity, interconnectedness and sustainability must prevail. If we do well, our partners will do well as well, and vice versa. Global economic empowerment has the power to transform and uplift us all when practiced mindfully. We do not subscribe to an isolationist view of the world because, in the end, we all live in the same neighborhood called Earth. 

econscious works with factories who share our commitment to manufacturing quality products and providing a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. We ensure the factories we work with adhere to wage, child labor, overtime, health, safety and environmental standards regulations. Factory visits throughout the year confirm compliance with our high standards for product quality and code of conduct. 

 
OUR APPAREL SUPPLIER: ROYAL APPAREL
At Royal Apparel we take our corporate responsibility to take care of not just our customers, but also our employees, very seriously. Our USA made apparel is cut, sewn, picked & shipped by employees making a livable wage, in safe & comfortable working conditions.

Ways Royal Apparel reduces our environmental footprint: