What about compostable packaging?
We made the choice to not send you your sustainable tights in compostable mailers or polybags because unfortunately, too few people have composts at home. This is especially the case when living in big cities.
This option is also not the most suitable as it would fail to properly protect your sustainable hosiery during transport (tests were carried out, and they were unsuccessful)!
#1: Biodegradable solutions
Our ultimate goal is to use 100% biodegradable boxes and mailers to be fully aligned with our brand mission: reducing waste.
We have decided to work with Smartbox for its innovative approach to developing more sustainable packaging. This partner is currently working on developing biodegradable packaging. Fingers crossed a solution will be ready soon!
#2: Reusable solutions
We would also like to offer you the option of receiving your order in a reusable packaging that can be adapted to the size of your order. The objective would be to replace single-use shipping options.
How would that work? You would receive your sustainable tights in a RePack mailer, which you could then fold up, leaving the pre-glued return label clearly visible, before returning it back empty, free of charge, by dropping it off at your nearest post office. See how it works here.
As a small company, we still have to wait a little bit to offer you this option as this solution is still too expensive for us at this stage of our development (unit cost per pack is 3 € + the current delivery fees).
We are also considering a young French startup, Opopop, which offers a reusable and returnable parcel service.
Please do not hesitate to leave us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you would be interested in these options.
#3: Adapted box formats
We would like to develop different sizes of shipping boxes adapted to each hosiery order to optimise space during transport. We plan to develop a small size to deliver a single purchase, a medium size for a box containing two tights and a large size for orders of more than 3 sustainable tights or leggings.
If the box is not “made-to-fit” then one is shipping air. And what is the use of shipping “air”? Eliminating void space enables us to effectively fit more products inside fewer shipping containers. Which in turn will allow more items to be shipped in a certain vehicle and reduce emissions. So, let's ship less air and reduce our carbon footprint.
Overall, we have and will continue to strive to reduce the environmental impact of the materials we use to pack your legwear. Let’s minimise waste, keep materials in use and prevent single-use plastic generated by fashion from ending up in landfill.