Foreignspell is committed to working with only the best businesses for supplies and manufacturing. Read about the business that I choose to work with below.
Offset & digital printing for paper stuffs
Greenerprinter provides high-quality green printing services while meeting the highest standards for sustainability and environmental responsibility within the printing industry. Please visit their site to get inspired by their commitment to greener practices.
DeFrance Printing makes Foreignspell shine! Truly, they are the experts foil stamping my cards & fine art in golden, silver, holographic perfection. They also print my offset offerings on environmentally friendly papers and inks. A family-owned business outside of San Diego since 1893, they expertly blend print methods like letterpress, offset, digital, foil stamping and embossing with professional assembly and fulfillment.
Screenprinting for textiles
ACS Home & Work is an American, family-owned supplier of high quality soft goods based in Allendale, Michigan. Their hands-on processing and meticulous sourcing also ensures their products are ethically and sustainably made. ACS Home & Work offers the highest quality, whether you’re purchasing three towels or 3,000.
Artist & Craftsman Supply is an employee owned company and has been providing artists with excellent materials at competitive prices since first opening in Yarmouth, Maine in 1985. If you have a store in your area, you must visit! Be prepared to lose hours walking through their vibrant, quirky aisles.
ClearBags has two offices - one in California and one in Tennessee. They have over 5,000 different products to create, after all. Eco friendly plastic and kraft bags are beneficial for the environment. While plastic itself can stay in landfills for centuries, eco-friendly compostable bags and cases will break down over time and will reduce our impact on the planet. Our bags are made from 100% compostable materials. They are also FDA approved to come into contact with food.
Scout Books are made with care in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Each order is offset printed using vegetable-based inks, and 100% recycled papers sourced from American mills. Covers are made with 18pt Chipboard that contains 85% post-consumer recycled content and 15% pre-consumer recycled content. Pages are made with 70# text weight paper containing 100% post-consumer recycled content. We power all of our presses and production machinery with renewable energy.
Royal Apparel creates their fashion forward styles with care & craftsmanship. Everything they offer is made with eco-friendly materials, sewn by union workers in the USA. It's more than just being sweatshop free. It's about manufacturing apparel Made in USA and lowering our carbon footprint by focusing on organic and recycled fabrics.
Most companies keep this information close to their chest.
I completely get it! I spent a shit ton of time scouring the web, listening to podcasts, inquiring with other makers, visiting / calling shops to find my perfect matches with missions that align with Foreignspell's ethos.
BUT, as a thoughtful consumer, you should be rewarded with full transparency so you can continue using your purchasing power to enrich our global community. You deserve to know exactly what you’re buying, where it comes from and who you're supporting.
I also want to ensure these incredibly dedicated manufacturers get their due. Browse their sites and get to know & love them like I do!!!
Finally, I share this for future small businesses who just started exploring their new venture. The hours I spent researching could’ve been spent making more stuff! The hunt was worth it, but I hope this gives you the ability to focus more on the things you love.