Since the founding of Encircled, we have always considered how every decision we make impacts the environment. In fact, as a Certified B Corporation, we’re legally required to consider the impact of our business decisions on the environment, our workers, suppliers, community, and our customers. So when it comes to sustainability, you can rest assured that we’re talking genuine sustainability - no green-washing here!
We know our community shares our passion for building a better, more sustainable fashion industry, so we’re always excited to share any changes at Encircled, big and small, and let you know how these changes will impact you and the planet. The most recent change? We’ve decided to move our inventory from our studio to a local warehouse, which means we’ve had to make some changes to the packaging that comes with your Encircled orders. Our team carefully considered every step of our new shipping process to make sure it will be as sustainable as possible, while ensuring that the new packaging will protect your garments in transit and ensure their longevity. Read on to learn about what your upcoming Encircled orders will look like and the sustainability of our new packaging!
We ship the majority of our orders in a compostable mailer bag, as they are a great alternative to plastic plastic poly mailers. The mailer is made from Corn Starch, PLA (polylactic acid made from corn waste and other plants), PBAT (biodegradable and will decompose leaving no toxic residues), and the ink is soy-based. Certified compostable, the mailer will break down in a home compost in 180 days, or in a commercial compost in 90 days.
The remainder of our orders are shipped in Kraft Mailer boxes, made from corrugated kraft cardboard, which are fully recyclable.
Compostable Garment Bags
With our pieces now being stored in a warehouse, one big change you’ll see is that each of our items now needs to be packaged in garment bags to protect the garment both in the warehouse and in transit to your closet. Our items are packaged within a certified home compostable alternative to a traditional plastic poly bag. Made from corn starch with a man-made binding agent added for flexibility, these bags protect your garments from the elements and can be composted at home. They will biodegrade within 180 days in a backyard compost.
Hang Tags & Biodegradable Fasteners
You’ll notice that every garment is now hang tagged. To protect the garment, we put the hang tag through the garment label. Our hang tags are made from FSC-certified, recycled card-stock, printed with soy-based or HP non-toxic inks. They are recyclable and home-compostable. The fasteners we use are biodegradable, designed to biodegrade in less than a year once it is on soil. The technology used results in no microplastics so that when a fastener degrades all that is left is carbon dioxide, water and microbes.
Our tissue paper is FSC-certified and made from recycled materials, uses soy-based ink and is 100% compostable, it breaks down fully in a home compost within 180 days.
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