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Art is for everyone.
Our mission is to support and empower independent artists by providing a platform that allows them to reach a wider audience and sell their works without fear of piracy or exploitation. We believe that creativity should be celebrated, and artists should be fairly compensated for their hard work and dedication.
The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.
Think globally, act locally.
The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.
The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.
Going Local Reduces Our Carbon Footprint.
With nine regional facilities situated across the globe, THE INDIE effectively fulfills orders in close proximity to our customers, minimizing resource consumption and transport-related emissions on an international scale. Thanks to the strategic placement and utilization of eco-friendly printing facilities worldwide, THE INDIE reduces our annual carbon footprint by over 1,000 of tons.
A carbon footprint refers to the aggregate greenhouse gas emissions, both direct and indirect, attributable to an individual, organization, event, or product. The typical U.S. household generates an annual carbon footprint of around 48 tons. As we continue to grow, we are committed to significantly reducing our carbon footprint even further.
Do you have inquiries regarding particular certifications, their significance, or the overall concept of eco-friendly printing? Browse through our most commonly asked questions below. If you're unable to locate the information you seek, feel free to reach out to an INDIE team member for assistance.
What is a carbon footprint?
A carbon footprint refers to the cumulative greenhouse gas emissions, both direct and indirect, that are generated by an individual, organization, event, or product¹.
¹University of Michigan, Center for Sustainable Systems, Carbon Footprint Factsheet, 2020
What are volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are substances characterized by high vapor pressure and low water solubility. Emitted as gases from solids or liquids, they can cause a range of short-term and long-term health issues. For more information on VOCs, consult the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
What is FSC Wood Certification?
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Wood Certification guarantees that wood products originate from forests that are responsibly managed, offering environmental, social, and economic advantages. To be deemed responsibly managed by the FSC, these forests must adhere to an extensive set of criteria.
What does carbon neutral mean for a company?
Attaining carbon neutrality as a company involves several stages. Initially, it's essential to assess the total annual carbon emissions generated by the organization's operations. Subsequently, efforts should be made to decrease these emissions by enhancing efficiencies and implementing eco-friendly practices. Lastly, any remaining emissions can be offset by purchasing carbon credits, such as procuring electricity from remote wind farms.
Latex inks that are water-based are non-hazardous, non-toxic, and non-flammable, addressing numerous environmental, health, and safety concerns.
At THE INDIE, we utilize UL certified GREENGUARD GOLD inks, which meet the rigorous air quality standards established for hospitals and schools.
By employing Latex inks and our uniquely developed canvas (compliant with California's strict Prop 65 standards), we can produce top-notch prints while maintaining the lowest levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC) among digital printers.
We take pride in being among the select few manufacturers that source wood from FSC certified sustainable forests.
Particular trees are cultivated to optimize the production of stretcher bars. For every tree harvested, at least one more is planted or allowed to regenerate organically.
Moreover, THE INDIE's eco-friendly manufacturing approach minimizes wood waste by employing efficient cutting methods.
THE INDIE utilizes 28% less cardboard than the industry norm by crafting custom boxes from recycled materials tailored to fit each product size and/or order.
Our facilities are equipped with specialized machinery that enables us to decrease the usage of tape, plastic, and other packaging materials for all deliveries.
THE INDIE locally produces artworks for independent artists around the world. We ship from 9 global locations, in local currencies and with local shipping options. Our facilities are located in the US, CA, UK, EU, & AU and offer worldwide delivery to more than 100 countries. This means less carbon footprint, faster shipping times and at a lower cost.
Artist Grade Canvas
Premium gloss canvas is genuine artist grade canvas. Made of a poly cotton blend that offers a perfect gloss finish to resist scratching, cracking and warping.
Advanced printing technology delivers high color-fidelity with UL Certified GREENGUARD GOLD inks that resist yellowing and is water and fade resistant.
Wooden stretcher bars are hand crafted from sustainably-sourced forests certified by the FSC. Featuring knot-free and finger-jointed construction, ensuring optimal strength and durability. The bars are sap-free and have undergone kiln drying to prevent warping, ensuring that they will remain flat and free from bowing over time.
The Sea II by Hanna Gudimova is a captivating artwork that combines abstract contemporary aesthetic landscapes with the soothing elements of sun, sea, wave, and mountains. This mid-century modern minimalist line art print effortlessly transports the viewer to a serene world of natural beauty. The artist's background in retro Asian Japanese style illustrations lends a unique touch to this enchanting piece.View The Sea II
La Isla II by Hanna Gudimova is a striking piece from the Abstract contemporary aesthetic landscapes collection. The artwork features sun, sea, moon, and mountains, exuding a sense of tranquility and harmony. As part of a collection of contemporary art print templates, La Isla II masterfully incorporates abstract, landscape, sun, moon, mountains, and illustration elements, creating a visually captivating experience.View La Isla II
Sahara Dunes I by Hanna Gudimova is a stunning artwork that embodies the spirit of contemporary aesthetic landscapes. The artist skillfully combines sun, desert, moon, and mountains to create a captivating collection of contemporary art print templates. The innovative use of illustration techniques results in a visually striking piece that will capture the imagination of art enthusiasts and collectors alike.View Sahara Dunes I
Art + Photography
THE INDIE's blog "Art + Photography" is a comprehensive and daily-updated source that covers a diverse range of topics related to the world of art and photography. The blog features a wide range of content, from technique-based articles such as the power of composition in photography, to explorations of different art movements that have changed the world. The blog also includes guides on how to choose the perfect frame for your artwork, smartphone photography tips for high-quality images, and the healing power of art.
A comprehensive guide for capturing the essence of your travels through photography, including gear recommendations, composition techniques, and post-processing tips to bring your images to life.
Get an inside look at the creative process of independent artists, exploring their inspirations, techniques, and the journey they take to bring their visions to life on canvas.
Explore the groundbreaking work of Richard Avedon, who revolutionized fashion photography with his striking and innovative portraits that continue to influence photographers today.
Delve into the life and work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a pioneer in modern photojournalism, and learn how his philosophy of the "decisive moment" shaped the way we capture the world around us.
Explore the captivating work of Annie Leibovitz, a celebrated portrait photographer who has skillfully captured the essence of her subjects, from rock stars to royalty, for over four decades.