One of the many ways we combat waste in production is by handling the majority of printing services in-house. Again, we never use drop shipping methods. Everything is either pre-made or handmade within our shop here in Seattle, WA.
Because of our commitment to quality, we are very picky when it comes to who manufactures our stickers, keychains, and other odds & ends. We use StickerMule for these needs. Their stickers, for instance, are fade-resistant, water-resistant, and weather-resistant for up to 5 years.
In addition to this, we do low runs of less than 100 (generally 50) vinyl sticker prints of any design, and only 10 of each keychain. Many print shops offer incentives and discounts to larger orders, which is understandable to take advantage of. However, choosing to go with smaller print runs ensures quality control, inventory control, and waste management.