Before we started manufacturing our own Moolk label, we were sourcing wholesale labels and with this, came a butt-load of plastic. Mountains and mountains of plastic poly-bags piled up in our tiny office, as each individual garment was sealed in its own plastic bag.
We are proud to say we recycled every scrap of soft plastic through Red Cycle collection centres, but I knew I could do more. So now that we're manufacturing, we have more control. Not only over quality, fit and fabrics, but also in the amount of plastic we're generating as a small business.
We have chosen to NOT individually poly bag our garments, instead our lovely factory packs up to 20 garments in 1 poly bag. We don't like sending your garments in poly bags anyway, so they weren't really serving a purpose to us being wrapped individually. So to put it into perspective, for every 100 garments we make, we're only receiving up to 10 plastic poly bags. That's 90 poly bags that aren't being made and aren't going into the environment. YAY!
BIODEGRADABLE MAILING BAGS
In July 2019, we made the leap from using virgin plastic mailing satchels to certified home compostable, biodegradable mailing bags.
Our mailing bags are proudly certified by Biodegradable Products Institute, OK Compost / TUV (Europe) and our supply chain complies ISO 14001, ensuring environmentally ethical production. In a commercial compostable environment, it will break-down within 90 days. At home, it may take up to 120 days. If it does end up in landfill, it will still biodegrade but will just take a wee bit longer.
They look and feel similar to virgin plastic, but they’re made from 70-80% PBAT (PolyButyrate Adipate Terephthalate: a co-polymer that is completely biodegradable and compostable leaving no toxic residues) and 20-30% PLA (PolyLactic Acid; a thermoplastic polymer derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane).
PBAT is a game-changer in the plastics industry, however we recognise it’s not the perfect solution to the world’s plastic epidemic. PBAT is partly derived from petrochemicals (aka oil aka not a renewable resource). But this is currently the best alternative and we believe it’s a bloody good start! And a heck of a lot better than using virgin plastics.
ECO-FRIENDLY TISSUE PAPER
Our custom tissue paper is made from cellulose fiber, where the active acid pulp is eliminated during processing. It is also lignin- and sulfur-free, meaning that our ink won’t transfer from the tissue and the paper won’t leave behind any of these chemicals when decomposing.
The FSC or Forest Stewardship Council certifies that the paper products that make up our printed tissue paper are sourced from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly and sustainably. FSC forest management standards are developed at an international level, and are then adapted to individual countries’ legal, social, and geographical settings, through national standards.
Soy inks are an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based inks and they’re made from soybeans; a renewable resource. While soy inks are slower to dry than many inks, the process produces more vibrant colours as well as having the added benefit of not leaving behind petroleum based products when decomposing. Finally, soy inks have low levels of VOCs, reducing air pollution during the drying process.
Our tissue paper is also uncoated, so no micro-plastics left behind once the cellulose fibres have decomposed.
PAPER + PACKING SLIPS
We only buy and print on 100% recycled paper.
Where possible, we avoid printing out packing slips and invoices to reduce the amount of paper we're consuming. This makes packing orders a little more time consuming, but it's worth the paper we're saving!
By working with a reputable, high quality factory, we reduce the number of 'faulty' garments we receive. You know, the ones we can't sell because we only want you to have the best of the best so they last the test of time.
Usually, those faulty items can't be saved and end up in landfill - eww!
Wherever possible, we get faulty items repaired and then donate them to a local charity called "Be Uplifted". They sell them in their op shop and the profits go towards helping women living with breast cancer.