Environmental Policy

I Dress Myself provides custom sustainable merchandise to brands and organisations within the UK and Europe.  We are a responsible business.

We recognise that our actions have an impact on the environment and are committed to reducing this.  Every member of the IDM team strives to reduce our environmental impact and our shared value of sustainability informs every business decision that we make. 


Only use eco-friendly water-based screen printing inks.  We never use plastisol inks or harmful discharge printing.

Calculate our carbon emissions (including all of our supply chain up until delivery to our customers) and offset these emissions plus an additional 10% to be carbon negative for our whole business

Only source and decorate sustainable garment and bag options (unless a client specifically requests something specific where we are unable to source a suitable sustainable alternative - approx once per year)

Charge proportionately less for organic cotton and other sustainable garments to further encourage customers to make positive choices that minimise the use of harmful pesticides. 

Use 100% renewable electricity

Minimise our use of natural resources. We use a high tech conveyor dryer with optimum energy efficiency for drying water based inks and have updated our lighting to low energy LEDs.

Use 100% carbon neutral gas (some green gas from renewable sources and the rest is offset by supporting carbon reduction projects).

To filter our production waste water before it goes into the sewerage system

To dry any ink waste to dispose of in solid form, rather than into the sewerage system

Weigh and record our waste and recycling to allow us to set waste reduction goals and monitor our progress.

Re-use resources where possible rather than dispose of them.  The cardboard boxes we receive are re-used using recycled paper labels and our recycled paper tape.

Donate misprinted T-shirts to a local sewing charity that cover misprints and create products for homeless, child contact centres, refugees, baby blankets etc.  Also cutting up into strips to make yarn for knitting into blankets, rugs, hats, mittens etc.  One local charity is called Ruksack45218 (Meaning for 5 to 18 year olds) they provide anything and everything for school age children fleeing domestic violence, there's been a huge surge in cases during lockdowns.  The hoodies are being shared out equally between RAFT (Refugee Aid from Taunton) and Ruksack.  T-shirts are made into underwear and reusable sanitary ware for female refugees and women in emerging economies.  Some are used to create comfort blankets to be worn by parents and then used to comfort premature babies whilst they're in NICU.

Use a specialist contractor to recycle as much of our waste as possible. 

Ensure non-recyclable waste is incinerated for energy production, rather than allowing it to go into landfill (further reducing carbon emissions)

Encourage the use of recycled materials and recycling initiatives.  Where possible, unwanted equipment is sold on eBay or given away.  

Donate surplus ink to the local college or other local not-for-profit or charitable  group.

Source sustainably, considering second hand equipment, energy efficiency and recycled or responsibly sourced materials.  

Minimise the use of plastic, especially one-use plastic. 

Never purchase packaging materials made from plastic.

Choose a courier company with optimised delivery networks and fuel efficient vehicles to minimise carbon dioxide production and pollution. 

Include the end of day shutdown of electric and gas powered devices as part of our daily maintenance schedule.

Source and use recycled or sustainable office consumables wherever possible.

Reuse mis-printed tea towels to dry our hands to avoid using the electric air dryer

Use 100% recycled toilet paper

Minimise the need to print paper (most processes are paperless) and to reuse scrap paper whenever possible.

Compost our organic kitchen waste.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products.

Source plant-based food and drinks for our kitchen and staff meals. 

Comply with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and requirements.

Consider the impact of our working and personal lives. 

Offset the carbon emissions of the personal lives of our employees so that our workforce is inherently carbon neutral

Encourage cycling to work by providing cycle storage.

Ensure that existing and potential clients are aware of our environmental initiatives and credentials by actively promoting these on our website.


Date written: 6th July 2006

Last update: 23rd January 2023

Eco Certification

Almost all the garments we supply are Fair Wear certifiied
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Our Mission


To provide garment decoration in the most sustainable way possible, without compromising on quality.

To continually develop our processes to improve sustainability, and prove that the eco-friendly way can be better than traditional, chemically-intensive methods.

To share this knowledge and encourage others to go eco-friendly too.

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