My approach to sustainability is holistic. From concept to delivery, I'm trying to create systems that reduce consumption and minimize waste. Choosing our packaging materials has been a bit of a challenge for me since I'm trying to eliminate single-use plastic from my life. I've worked in fashion related jobs since I was 18 years old and I've witnessed incredible amounts of waste from the packaging and shipment of clothes. Polybags are single-use plastic bags that almost all clothing items are packaged in to ensure their safe delivery. The polybag acts as barrier against wear and tear in transit and keeps the garment fresh by sealing it off from the outside world. As Patagonia's Plastic Packaging study points out, eliminating the use polybags would lead to more garments being damaged and ultimately, resulting in both financial & environmental costs. In other words, it would be a waste of resources to create clothes that ended up damaged and/or unused. But the nature lover in me is resisting shipping any of our designs in polybags because I don't want my business to contribute to single-use plastic problem. Our oceans are drowning in plastic (see additional reading below) and our landfills are filled with plastic that won't decompose for another 500-1000 years. Gross.
Here's our solution:
We ship our designs using plastic-free packaging. EcoEnclose offers packaging materials made from recycled content that are recyclable and biodegradable. There is going to be an exception - we will ship specialty fabrics like silk, chiffon, and wool using a polybag. Those fabrics are too delicate to risk being damaged or wet in transit. We will remind you to please recycle the polybag so the plastic doesn't end up in the ocean or landfill.
EcoEnclose packaging materials:
- 100% post-consumer and post-industrial content
- Chain of Custody certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
- Renewable and biodegradable plant-derived adhesive & backing
- Fully recyclable and biodegradable
- Absolutely NO virgin fiber content
- Made in the USA