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About

Get to know more about our story, our principles, our goal and our operation

Dear chess lover,

First of all, welcome and thank you for visiting chesstreats.com!

Our website was first launched in 2022. The reason for making this chesstreats.com is simple. The chess enthusiasts we are couldn’t find merch featuring decent chess-related designs. So we decided to make our own designs and thought we might as well share them with the chess community. Chess is the most popular game in the world and chess players should be able to display their passion for it, right?

Chesstreats.com’s mission is to not only provide unique chess-inspired designs, but also to do it in the most environmentally responsible way possible. The process is designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, from the t-shirt production through the packaging and printing technology. Everything is printed on demand.

Find out more on how we go about achieving it by reading on down below.

Happy browsing!

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Printed on demand

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What is Print on Demand?

Our products are printed on demand (POD), ensuring that only the items ordered by our customers are produced.

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Why does it matter?

Every purchase, no matter how tiny, leaves a trace. Around 85% of all textiles generated by the fashion industry end up in landfills, making them a major pollutant. One out of every five pieces of clothing ends up in a landfill after being worn only once. Print-on-demand clothing is manufactured just as orders are received, resulting in less fabric waste than traditional production.

Meet our printing partner

Printful Logo

Printful is both our printing and shipping partner company:

  • They take care of printing our designs onto all of our products.
  • They are also in charge of packing and shipping our products directly to your selected address.

Printing

DTG Printing

DTG printing

DTG stands for direct-to-garment printing, which involves spraying ink directly onto the fabric. The ink is subsequently absorbed by the garment’s fibers. It’s similar to printing on paper, except it’s done on clothes. The key advantage of DTG is that it is simple to print one-offs since setup time is minimal.

DTG printers have a wide range of color possibilities, allowing for the printing of intricate patterns and photorealistic pictures with little color restriction.

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Ecological

Compared to screen printing, DTG is a more environmentally friendly fashion business strategy. The reason for this is that printing one-of-a-kind items helps firms prevent overproduction and waste of textiles. A business strategy like this is a game-changer in the fashion sector, where 92 million tons of clothes are thrown away every year.

Printful has partnered with Kornit, a printer company that produces nearly no effluent and uses less energy, resulting in a smaller carbon impact. Furthermore, Kornit printers employ water-based vegan inks that they create, test, and produce in-house, ensuring the highest standards of quality. The inks are non-toxic, biodegradable, and free of animal by-products.

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Durable colors

DTG (direct-to-garment) printing is an excellent method for producing long-lasting, durable prints on clothing and accessories. Expect retail-quality DTG-printed T-shirts and other apparel, equivalent to or better than what you’d get at big-box shops or your favorite mall companies. Because DTG-printed shirts are meant to last the life of the garment and age with it, they will keep their quality even after being washed and worn multiple times.

Shipping

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Efficient shipping

More than a printer, Printful also handles our shipping needs.

Around 81% of our orders are completed and delivered in the same region. It benefits both the environment and customers to have fulfilment sites close to them. Faster shipment times and reduced shipping costs are made possible by strategically positioned fulfilment facilities, which also help reduce CO2 emissions created while delivering items.

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

Green packages

For all garment orders dispatched from our in-house facilities, we’ve started using packaging made of post-consumer recycled plastic. Our packaging contains varying amounts of recycled content, but at least 50% of the outside packaging and 30% of the interior bags are made from recycled materials (only used for multi-item shipments). To replace tubes with plastic end caps on posters, we’ve begun utilizing triangular cardboard boxes.

Around 62,579 lb. (28,385 kg) of plastic were saved since February 2020 by implementing these improvements. Damaged and returned merchandise is frequently donated to local charities such as the Red Cross, the American Kidney Fund, and Goodwill.

Meet our shirt manufacturer

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BELLA+CANVAS is an online retailer that specializes in hoodies and shirts, as well as other wardrobe staples. The apparel line caters to men, women, and children. Their superb craftsmanship, exceptional USA-made quality, and devotion to sustainability have cemented their position as the go-to garment manufacturer for wholesale and retail.

Their shirts are:

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Side-seamed

T-shirts by BELLA+CANVAS are side-seamed. The shirt’s seams are sewed down on either side, resulting in more figure-flattering shirts for men, women, and children. As opposed to tubular tees, which are made by slicing a tube of cloth and stitching the sleeves on.

Machine laser cutting

Laser cut

Have you ever ordered a M size shirt that felt more like a L? You’re not alone. It is so hard for clothing manufacturers to get it right when it comes to mass producing shirts and guaranteeing they’ll all have the right size. That’s because the majority of their garments are hand-cut in Central America by inexpensive labor. It helps them keep prices down, but it also results in large variations in what should be uniformly sized tees.
To address this issue, BELLA+CANVAS invested in cutting-edge technology, using the most high-tech automated cutting machines in the world to cut hundreds of millions of units every year. Locally, in Los Angeles.

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Pre-shrunk

Because of a process that occurs during the fabric finishing procedures, the more expensive “pre-shrunk” cotton does not shrink in the dryer. BELLA+CANVAS invested in top-of-the-line technology that sets the standard for low shrinkage in the industry. When using this brand, you may expect a maximum shrinkage of 5%, while lesser products can shrink up to 10%. That’s almost a whole size!

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Airlume combed

100% combed and ring-spun cotton is the only material BELLA+CANVAS uses. That is, the raw cotton is combed to eliminate imperfections before being ring-spun into a long, fine strand of yarn. The fabric is made from that yarn, and it has a highly tight weave and a smooth consistency, making it a great surface for printing. Many of their competitors utilize carded open-end fabrics, resulting in a scratchy, hefty shirt. That doesn’t sound like anything we’d want to wear, does it?

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Eco-friendly

Due to the use of modern, more efficient dye processes, BELLA+CANVAS shirts utilise 7x less water than the average clothing manufacturer, saving 24 million gallons each week. Every drop of water is purified and recycled.
They seize every opportunity to cut CO2 emissions. They have solar-powered sewing and cutting facilities, as well as motion-sensor LED lighting and skylights, not to mention electric automobiles for their employees.
What’s more, they produce nearly no garbage since they recycle almost everything that can’t be turned into a tee. Excess fabric is recycled into baby bibs and upholstery filling, and they’ve refined their cutting to reduce the use of plastic.

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