At Infectious Clothing we are dedicated to making sure that our customers are comfortable, safe, and stylish in their uniforms. As members of the beautiful Sunshine Coast community we also have a very strong sense of the interplay between the health of the environment and and the people who live in it.
As a business that ships all over Australia and New Zealand Infectious Clothing had the potential for a significant environmental footprint, largely from transport and packaging. This is not a path we wanted to take though.
In order to minimise our environmental impact, starting in 2020 we shifted all of our outgoing freight to providers that offset their carbon emissions to minimise our carbon footprint. New procedures have been put in place in our shop, warehouse and office to minimise waste going to landfill, and to increase the amount and variety of recycling in the business.
2021 brings a new way for us to reduce our impact - our new compostable mailing satchels.
WHAT'S THE DEAL?
Infectious Clothing has partnered with Australian company Zero Waste Co to create our new compostable Infectious Clothing mailers - you may have received one and scanned its QR code already!
These mailers are made primarily of processed corn by-products and a dash of science, all ensured to be non-toxic so it's safe for you, your pets, all the way down to the worms in your garden.
They're as tough as the soft plastic mailers you'll be used to from your previous orders with us, but with the added benefit of them being certified home compostable (AS 5810) by the Australasian Bioplastics Association!
SO HOW DO I USE IT?
Once you've received your order from us and tried it on (you look great by the way, so comfy) all you have to do is peel the postage label off the satchel and pop it in your compost bin. Over the next 3-6 months mother nature will do its work and the satchel (along with your compostable food scraps) will have broken down and become a rich source of nutrients for the rest of your garden.
If you don't yet have a composter there are still a number of ways to dispose of your packaging. Firstly, did you know that depending on where you live you can get up to 80% off a composter for your home? Compost Revolution partners with local councils all over Australia to provide discounts on a large range of composting solutions for all size of home. With an easy composting solution to hand your garden will look better than ever, while reducing the amounts you're sending to landfill. If you're looking for inspiration, or to see how easy it can be, let Costa from Gardening Australia guide you through it.
If, for whatever reason, home composting is not an option for you there may still be ways for you to remove your Infectious Clothing satchel and food waste from the landfill stream. ShareWaste is a fantastic resource that links people who want to compost but can't with people in their area that have spare composting capacity. Planet Ark also has a great search that can help you search for specific types of recyclers near you - just enter your postcode and specify that you are looking for somewhere to recycle food scraps and it will give you a list of options in your area.
OK, SO THAT'S EASY ENOUGH. BUT IS THERE ANYTHING TO DEFINITELY NOT DO?
- Don't forget to peel off the shipping labels and any tape before adding the satchel to your composter.
- Don't put the plastic bags used to wrap individual garments in your composter - just the outer satchel. We hope that the apparel manufacturing industry continues to move toward more environmentally friendly options, but for now the individual garment bags can be put in the soft plastic recycling commonly found at your local shopping centre.