A huge part of our goal in creating a circular and regenerative business, comes down to our fabrics. By the end of 2020 50% of our collections will be made using repurposed and recycled materials. Selecting our raw materials is a very careful and considered part of our research and development process, as is ensuring that the production of our fabrics is kind to people and the planet. We look to independent certifications such as Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to guide our decision making.
We will always challenge 'normal' industry practices to ensure that they align with our values. This is why we made the decision to ship our seasonal wholesale collections in certified compostable bags. They are made from corn starch (PLA) with a synthetic polymer (PBAT) added for flexibility and strength. According to the manufacturer's this combination of materials represents a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional plastics, is non-toxic and contains no Phthalate or Bisphenol A (BPA).
These bags, produced by The Better Packaging Company, 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.
We appreciate that many of our garment bags will still end up in a landfill as the composting of them is reliant on our customers having access to compost facilities, and a willingness to compost them. At Maggie Marilyn, we have spent many, many hours learning about and investigating compostable plastics and the composting industry and compared it with petrochemical plastics and the recycling and waste industries. Based on all that we have learnt we believe certified compostable garment bags are a better option now and for the future of our planet. We hope that by sharing our decision making around our packaging, we can encourage other brands and our own retailers to do their bit in ending the waste produced by the fashion world.
We are acutely aware that the global climate is changing and we must lower our impact on the planet to limit global warming to 1.5°C above the global pre industrial era temperatures. We are proud that New Zealand is taking big steps towards becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050. This means the amount of carbon New Zealand emits is the same as the amount we sequester. This is why we have included in our Sustainability Strategy the aim of becoming carbon neutralas a business. This means we take every step we can to limit the emissions of carbon into the atmosphere then "off-set" what we can't eliminate through investment into carbon credit programmes. This money then supports the growing of more trees and forests, or other carbon sequestering initiatives and technologies. At time of writing we are in discussions with a carbon neutral certifier. Further to this, helping to solve climate change underpins our motivation to help make the fashion industry circular! Watch this space!