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We believe in the power of swag – and the responsibility to make that swag better. It takes more work, but it’s worth it. Explore what we’re doing and what’s to come.
Fight for Better

mbs
We believe in the power of swag – and the responsibility to make that swag better. It takes more work, but it’s worth it. Explore what we’re doing and what’s to come.
Fight for Better

KOTIS PRINT SHOP
Our path to sustainable screenprinting

WATER REDUCTION
When cleaning screens, we use an EcoRinse machine which reduces water consumption by applying the precise amount of water needed. The water is then filtered and recirculated as much as possible
ENERGY SAVINGS
Thousands of bulbs have been upgraded to LEDs throughout all our facilities (155,000 sq ft). Even our direct to screen machine uses onboard UV LED exposure to lower energy usage for every screen we make.
GREEN PRINTING
No specific ink is the silver bullet in terms of sustainability, therefore we focus on the handling inks for reducing our impact. We use green ink detergents, degreasers, and press wash. The less chemicals the better.

WHAT’S NEXT
We’re working on steps to become a Sustainable Green Printing certified print facility, something we’re stoked about.

KOTIS WAREHOUSE
Packaging that takes care of your items and the environment

MORE RECYCLING, LESS WASTE
We’re improving how we fulfill and ship your orders with packaging that’s 100% biodegradable or recyclable. From tape with plant based adhesive, to reusable and biodegradable mailers, we’re looking at all aspects of our warehouse operation to use better materials.
WHAT’S NEXT
• Donating used shipping boxes
• Packaging guidelines to reduce extra waste

OUR PEOPLE + CULTURE
A culture that benefits our people and the planet

The people we work with become family, with a set of values that we all stand for. Our first value is to fight for better and the final one is to do the right thing. Those bookend values drive much of what we do and how we’ve built our culture. We give people flexibility in how they do their job, so work can flex around their life, instead of the other way around. We have a Diversity & Inclusion committee to spread the awareness and love throughout the company. We care about sustainability in the swag we make and the buildings we occupy. We believe in the cause of each of our clients and support them spread the word with the merch we make.

Reduced carbon emissions by Kotisians working remotely (which is now over half of us).
Motion light sensors and LEDs have been installed to reduce energy usage (even on the cafe lights )
Compost + recycling bins are throughout the office (along with bins labeled “LANDFILL” so it’s clear where things are going).
WHAT’S NEXT
• Employee Sustainable guide to help our people make change
• Plant a tree option instead of an employee gift

OUR RESPONSIBILITY + FACTORIES
Consider the whole supply chain

In order to make great swag, we have to work with great people, factories and suppliers. With having our own importing team, we have the opportunity to get deeper into the supply chain to check on compliance and code of conduct.

of our Top 50 products are produced with vendors who have signed our Code of Conduct
of our importing factories have been audited
WHAT’S NEXT
• Majority of our business coming from our top CR Partner Vendors
• 95% of our importing factories being audited