Our wholesale orders are shipped using certified compostable bags by The Better Packaging Company. Called their comPOLY bags, they are made from corn starch (PLA) with a synthetic polymer (PBAT). They have received the Australian Standard, AS5810 for compostability, which is one of the toughest to achieve (they even check to make sure the products are non-toxic to worms!) as well as the OK Compost Home / Vincotte and Seedling standards. This means our garment bags can be composted at home or in a commercial composting facility. The Better Packaging Company claims that this combination of materials represents a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional plastics while being non-toxic and containing no Phthalate or Bisphenol A (BPA). Read more about comPOLY bags here.
For our customer facing packaging we use two options. The first is our carbon neutral mailer bag, also by The Better Packaging Company. Called their ØPACK, it is made from approximately 80% Calcium Carbonate sourced from quarry waste and approximately 20% non-toxic recycled resin (HDPE). Its production uses renewable energy, zero water, no acid or bleaches while creating zero pollution in a carbon neutral process. We encourage you to reuse these bags however at the end of their life they can be recycled with your soft plastics. The CaCO3 in ØPACKS is used as a filler in plastics and is a useful addition to the plastic recycling stream and then the small amount of recycled HDPE that ØPACKS contain is also in its rightful place. Find out more about ØPACKS here.
For our larger customer facing orders, we use custom made boxes made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard that are manufactured here in New Zealand from a high percentage of recycled card. FSC guarantees that the materials are coming from trees grown in responsibly managed forests.
We hope that by sharing our suppliers we can encourage other brands to join us in reducing packaging waste produced by the fashion industry.