The amount of packaging we generate in the fashion industry is terrifying, with the boom of e-commerce and fast fashion contributing to the masses. Packaging waste makes up around 30% of total waste generated, and amounts to 174,1 kg per person anually in Europe alone!* Moreover, it is one of the most problematic types of waste as it's typically designed for single-use and extremely difficult to recycle. It usually ends up in landfills or nature releasing large amounts of methane and other toxic chemicals, causing air and water polution, loss of species, killing bird-life and sea-life.
At About we see packaging as an equally important part of our supply chain and apply the same circularity criteria as we do to our products:
- we use recycled and upcycled materials which reduce the consumption of new raw materials and help to preserve limited natural resources;
- we choose biodegradable or easily recyclable materials which reduce new waste formation;
- we produce our packaging exclusively in Europe, in most cases - within the radius of 100 km from our headquarters and garment production facilities, this way cutting on transportation and CO2 emissions.
How many packaging layers will I receive with my order?
Today, we use 2 layers to pack your oder. The first, a biodegradable textile bag from our production leftover yarn, made at the same factory where our garments are manufactured. It protects the garment from dirt and any other unwanted contact. The second is a sustainable, compostable mailer bag for shipping made from plants and non-toxic resin.
UPCYCLED TEXTILE BAG
What is textile packaging made from?
Our textile bag is 100% biodegradable cotton knitted from leftover yarns. As we decided to give our deadstock materials a second life, you might get a different vibrant color bag each time! They are all knitted and sewn in our factory, where we have our whole production chain under one roof.
What should I do with my textile packaging?
We made these bags specifically to be re-used and encourage you to do so! It can be either your new dust bag for travel or storage, or just a napkin in your kitchen. Possibilities are endless! Otherwise, if facilities exist in your community, drop it at the textile recycling bin.
COMPOSTABLE SHIPPING MAILER
What is mailer packaging made from?
These bags are made from corn starch (PLA) and copolymer (PBAT). Both are home compostable materials certified with EN13432 (European composting stardand) and AS5810 (Australian composting standard), ensuring that the bag is non-toxic to worms and can be easily composted both commercially and at home.
What should I do with my mailer packaging?
You can compost it at home or send it to composting facilities. Before composting, remove all the labels attached to the bags. The best way is to cut it up and put it in your compost bin with "brown" materials. The white strip is not compostable but recyclable. It should be discarded with regular plastic. Also, you can re-use it when sending another package yourself. This bag has 2 adhesive strips for at least 2 trips!