How is The Punky Family 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 The Punky Family shop, as well as their ethical policies.

In 2021, we stood committed to being able to offer the same adult clothing for all, so we now only carry adult products that are available up to 5XL.

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing is more sustainable than older apparel printing methods, such as screen printing. Not only does screen printing use a lot of water and plastisol inks that don’t biodegrade, but it’s also tended towards bulk orders which can lead to overproduction. In comparison, DTG printing is more eco-friendly because items get printed only when there’s already a customer for them.

While there are still issues to address, print-on-demand is gradually becoming a less wasteful and more sustainable alternative to the traditional bulk manufacturing and selling model.

We use Inkthreadable for print on demand. 

We use Glasgow based (and women run) Wild and Kind for our patches.

We use Zap Creatives for our wood pins and stickers. 

Inkthreadable (printing)

"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 bagsthrow 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.  "


AWDIs (Hoodies)

"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."

Read more about AWDis' ethical policy here


STANLEY/STELLA (Adult t-shirts, Kid t-shirts)

"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."

Read more about Stanley/­Stella's ethical policy here.


Larkwood (Baby/Toddler T-shirts)

"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."

Read more about Skinnifit (including Larkwood)'s ethical policy here.

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.” 

Read more about Wild & Kind’s ethical policy here.


Zap Creatives (Wood Pins & Stickers)

Preserving our planet’s trees woodlands and forests is imperative, which is why all the wood that we use comes from sustainable, responsibly managed woodlands.

We only ever use fast-growing species of trees like Birch, Maple, Cherry and Walnut as these are the most sustainable. These woods are removed at the rate of their growth which means that the woodlands, from which they originate will retain their supply and characters indefinitely.

Eco Fact - By swapping your enamel pin badges for wooden pin badges you will use 20 to 24 times less energy, whilst reducing your CO2 emissions by a third!

We offer a range of Eco-friendly paper stickers, which we always recommend for customers that would like to produce stickers for single use applications such as packaging stickers or promotional, give-away stickers.

Made from responsibly sourced papers from managed woodlands. Our Eco range of stickers are 100% PVC free and 100% recyclable.

Read more about Zap Creatives ethical policy here

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