madeira threads and sustainability in custom embroidery

Sustainability and Custom Embroidery


Embroidery vs other forms of Branding

As a branding tool embroidery will last longer (essentially it will outlast the garment) and it is less damaging to the environment and more durable than alternative such as screen-printing, direct-to-fabric printing, sublimation and direct-to-garment vinyl printing.

The rag trade in all its incantations is not renown for its environmental awareness or its sustainability.

As a member of this industry, we at ACE Embroidery/Patches are doing everything we can to be as sustainable and environmentally aware as possible.

To that end we re-use, refurbish and recycle wherever we can:


Paper and Printing

          We use only recycled or bamboo paper.

          Wherever possible every piece of paper is printed on both sides before it is

          disposed of.

          Our printers are as environmentally friendly as possible and use re-fillable              tanks.

Postage and Couriers

          All outgoing courier bags are compostable.

          Incoming courier bags are turned inside out and re-used.


          For all our most used colours we used Madeira Polyneon 40 thread which              are made from recycled plastic bottles and is Oeko-Tek® certified

          Our other threads are rayon and also have Oeko-Tek® certification.

          Thread spools are donated to kindergartens to use as resources for the                   kids.

Backings / Stabilisers

          Wherever possible we use 100% cotton backing.


          Most apparel comes to us in individual plastic bags – every item of apparel            that arrives in a plastic bag is re-packaged into the same bag for delivery to            the customer.

          Every delivery that arrives in a cardboard box is similarly re-packaged and              dispatched in the same cardboard box.


           Customers are encouraged whenever possible to choose from a large                   selection of sustainable items, often made from Hemp or recycled plastics.

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