TS Designs, Inc.

Custom Printing & Dyeing

Burlington, North Carolina

United States


About TS Designs

TS Designs is a custom t-shirt printer founded in 1977. We specialize in sustainable t-shirts and printing/dyeing processes. Our customers range from hardcore Green Movement organizations to any company or group looking for a better quality product with good environmental and social impact. Contact us anytime to get a quote for your design!

TS Designs has started Cotton of the Carolinas, an effort that harvests cotton and manufactures shirts all within North and South Carolina. The farthest distance in the entire process is 700 miles, as opposed to 16,000 miles from globally-sourced cotton shirts. We have kept the entire process local, which means all of the materials and all of the jobs remain here in the Carolinas.

TS Designs became a B Corporation because we wanted to add definition and legitimacy to our current efforts of looking after people and planet. We want to show everyone that being a B Corporation means that not only do we talk the talk, but we walk the walk.

The Change We Seek®

The mission of TS Designs is to build a sustainable company that simultaneously looks after People, the Planet, and Profits. Our vision is to transform the world we live in, both in small and large measures alike. TS Designs wants to show that an aware consumer does care about the true social and environmental costs of their products and that our triple bottom line business model can thrive in such a market.

• We envision a world where no harmful chemicals are produced, worn, or discarded. Typical dyes contain PVC and pthalates, which are both harmful to the environment, and result in a plastic print that is not breathable. Our water-based inks soak into and become part of the cloth itself, similar to the way water-color paint soaks into paper. The result is a breathable, durable print that will not crack or wash away and does not create any harmful by-products.

• We apply the same sense of stewardship that guides our quest to eliminate harmful chemicals to every other aspect of our environmental impact. Some of the steps we have taken include installing a tracking solar array and a wind turbine, as well as using compost to heat our facilities and much more.

Solar Array

• We want to be a different kind of business, one not only applicable to the apparel industry but one that can be applied to any manufacturing business. Integral to our success is our employees and we strive to provide them with a high standard of living. We hope that other manufacturers will follow our lead.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2008

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: Tees use 100% sustainable fibers; 100% company fleet uses alternative fuel; Packaging uses 100% post-consumer recycled material

Employees: On-site garden provides access to organic produce for all employees; All employees paid living wage; 15% profits shared with employees; Covers >50% health insurance premiums for employees

Community: Kept jobs at home when everyone else didn't; >20% expenditures directed towards independent local suppliers; >5% profits donated to charitable organizations




• Cotton of the Carolinas: A T-shirt "Made in North Carolina" Go»
• Cotton of the Carolinas: The full story Go»
• TS Design's Eric Henry on NC Farm Bureau Go»
• Envision Smart Green Video 1 Go »
• Envision Smart Green Video 2 Go »

Blogs / Feeds

• TS Designs Blog Go »
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• Cotton of the Carolinas White Paper Go »
• Cotton of the Carolinas Press Release Go »
• Oeko Tex Certification Press Release Go »
• Piedmont Green Gala Press Release Go »