Krmbal

Eco-friendly, organic cotton t-shirts & art prints

Oregon, United States · 64 Sales

Krmbal

Eco-friendly, organic cotton t-shirts & art prints

Oregon, United States 64 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(15)

Announcement   Welcome to Krmbal, an indie clothing brand dedicated to eco-consciousness. I create original graphics - things that I want to wear and use eco-friendly, organic cotton tees. I print with a screen printer that's been third-party tested through their business with a larger company to make sure that the chemistry involved with printing our apparel is handled properly. It also ensures that you get a quality print that will last when you purchase a Krmbal tee!

We're also a Indie A-List approved shop! (Find other approved shops at www.theindiealist.com)

Also -

A portion of each Krmbal sale goes toward helping other entrepreneurs all over the world by making microloans on Kiva (and we focus on eco-friendly enterprises as much as possible). You can find out more about how I pay it forward at www.krmbal.com/giving

Announcement

Welcome to Krmbal, an indie clothing brand dedicated to eco-consciousness. I create original graphics - things that I want to wear and use eco-friendly, organic cotton tees. I print with a screen printer that's been third-party tested through their business with a larger company to make sure that the chemistry involved with printing our apparel is handled properly. It also ensures that you get a quality print that will last when you purchase a Krmbal tee!

We're also a Indie A-List approved shop! (Find other approved shops at www.theindiealist.com)

Also -

A portion of each Krmbal sale goes toward helping other entrepreneurs all over the world by making microloans on Kiva (and we focus on eco-friendly enterprises as much as possible). You can find out more about how I pay it forward at www.krmbal.com/giving

Tessa Sainz

Contact shop owner

Tessa Sainz

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(15)
Allyson Hall

Allyson Hall on Aug 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is probably one of the best shirts I own. Not only is it incredibly soft and well-made, but it's Eco Friendly! The size I ordered was a perfect fit, it never shrank even after three washes and the ink seems like it will hold up for many washes to come. It shipped quickly and in a recycled box that made me feel better about the impact on the environment. If I could buy all my clothes from Krmbl I would!!

View all 15 reviews

About

Take Back Your T-Shirt!

Welcome to Krmbal!

I'm Tessa and I'm a graphic designer and I run Krmbal, an eco-conscious, indie apparel brand. I've worked most of my career in creating graphics for screen printed and embroidered apparel. I started Krmbal as a hobby while I was working my corporate job, but after I was laid off I decided to jump into running Krmbal and doing contract graphic design full-time.

I’d always wanted to take what I’ve learned and what I love about my career working in the apparel industry and print my own shirts for a brand dedicated to doing things the right way. I wanted another option, a BETTER option. So I made one. I researched the best option for an eco-friendly t-shirt choosing 100% organic cotton (sourcing from companies with social justice standards) and create designs that I want to wear.

I also give back by donating a portion of each sale toward making Kiva loans to help other entrepreneurs build their businesses, both in the US and around the world. So far, I've loaned $450 through sales, re-loaning from loans that have been paid back and a few free loans I've gotten from Kiva.

I create all of the tee designs - I start out either sketching something by hand or sometimes I'll start right on the computer. Either way, a design ends up being finalized in my workspace on my computer. For printing, I work with a small screen printer to make sure that the chemistry to create the stencils and the ink itself is handled and disposed of properly. I have screens and could print myself, but I don't like the idea of pouring chemicals down my bathroom drain. So, working with a printer is a great alternative.

I create the designs, but I also do part of the production work by separating the files into each color (each color has to go on 1 at a time). I also decide on the exact colors and type of ink (usually I like to add an additive for softness) and choose the tee color. My printer, Mike, double checks the separations and usually at this stage, we have a chat because he takes my direction on how I want them printed. Since I have a long career working with screen printed apparel, I can usually direct him on exactly what I'm looking for.

Then Mike creates the screens. They're prepped by coating them with a UV sensitive emulsion that hardens when it's exposed to light. For a 2 color, black and white print, you'd get 1 screen for all of the white and 1 for all of the black. You might also need an underbase to make sure the colors stay true. The separations are either printed out on film or directly onto the screen with a UV blocking ink. Anywhere there's ink on the separation, the light will be blocked. When you expose the screen in a light booth, the areas blocked out won't harden and will wash out. That leaves you with a stencil where the ink can go through in the places you want it to.

Once the screens and ink are ready, Mike's team loads the screens into the press. Then they choose the appropriate squeegee (there are different types for different kinds of prints) and put the ink onto the screen. The presses are set up as circles, with stations for a certain number of screens. There are also pallets, which move around the circle, stopping under each screen. When the machine runs, the operator tells it how many stations it needs to stop at and loads each shirt onto a pallet. Once they load a shirt, the pallet moves to the next station, which generally holds the first color that will be put down. The machine stops its rotation and brings the pallet up closer to the screen. Then the squeegee automatically runs, laying down the ink onto the shirt. Once that’s complete, the pallets drop down and will rotate again to the next station. If you have several colors, each color will print in succession after each rotation.

After printing, the shirts are removed from the pallets and put into a dryer. The dryer runs very hot, upwards of 300 degrees. It needs to be this hot to cure the ink properly, so that it doesn't wash away. At the end of the dryer, they fall into a catch bin and then they're removed, folded and put in a box for me.

When I get them, I remove them from the box, store them by size and add hang tags. Then when you order, I pack it up in a recycled box and send it straight to you!

You can learn more about Krmbal & my process at Krmbal.com

Tweet
Shop members
  • Tessa

    Owner

    I'm Tessa and I run Krmbal. I design all of the Krmbal graphics and make sure they're printed responsibly on 100% organic cotton tees. I try to be as eco-conscious as possible, so I re-use as much as I can, including re-using boxes for our packaging!

Manufacturers
  • NVizion Inc

    Winston-Salem, NC, United States

    A small business in North Carolina that has several women in leadership roles on the press floor, which I've found to be unusual in the screen printing world. They print with very high quality and attention to detail.

  • Charleston Promotion

    Charleston, SC, United States

    A small business run by a former coworker of mine. I partner with him and do a lot of graphic design work for his products. For Krmbal embroidery products, he takes my designs and gets the embroidery applied.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 11, 2015
Krmbal is an indie clothing brand dedicated to eco-friendly and eco-conscious choices, as well as partnering with other small businesses in the indie and local community to help boost our economy and make a real difference. Wear Krmbal & take back your t-shirt!

SIZE CHART FOR OUR TEES:

Unisex Small - 18" wide x 27" tall
Unisex Medium - 20" wide x 28" tall
Unisex Large - 22" wide x 29" tall
Unisex XL - 24" wide x 31" tall

Women's Small - 18" wide x 25.5" tall
Women's Medium - 20" wide x 26.5" tall
Women's Large - 22" wide x 27.5" tall
Women's XL - 24" wide x 28.5" tall

The tolerance for shrinkage is 7% in either direction

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept payment via Paypal & Etsy Direct Checkout, which both accept all major credit cards.
Shipping
I ship via USPS first class (polos ship priority due to weight) and package using re-used boxes to be as eco-conscious as possible. I send out all orders generally within 2 business days and first class takes 2-5 business days to arrive. If you'd like a shipping upgrade for your purchase to arrive faster, please contact me.

I do also ship internationally. If your country is not listed, please convo me and I will check the rate and add it! International shipping may take several weeks.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you aren't satisfied with your purchase, I will provide a size exchange or refund upon return of the item in unworn, unwashed and undamaged condition minus the cost of shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please inquire for wholesale requests!