Switch to compostable bags – Bargain only today
Clothing manufacturers have used polythene bags for decades. The thin layer of plastic protects clothes from damage, and it’s so light that it has minimal impact on shipping costs. However, these plastic bags will never fully decompose and often end up in our waterways.
Experts estimate that more than 500 million plastic bags are produced each year, and the sad truth is that only 1% of these bags end up being recycled, which is among the 8 million tonnes of plastic that ends up in the oceans. every year.
Rather than stick with poly bags and asking users to ‘please recycle,’ employees at Grundéns, which has been producing fishing clothing for nearly 100 years, announced that the company would start shipping clothing to glucose bags. The eco-friendly bag is 100% biodegradable and will completely decompose in less than a year. They are also compostable – you can cut the bags into strips and put them in your garden. The bags will be made from polylactide, or PLA, a raw material created by making glucose from corn starch.
Grundéns says he will make the packaging open source, with vendor information printed on the packaging itself, to encourage other brands to follow suit. The company hopes this will increase the rate of removal of plastic bags from the supply chain.
Grundéns also started using ECONYL, a fabric made from recycled fishing nets that would otherwise end up in landfills or drift into the oceans as ‘ghost nets’. The new material is available in two products, men’s boardshorts and women’s capri pants, as part of the Grundéns NetSourced collection that the
the company says it will grow in the coming seasons.
“With plastics in the ocean playing a major role in the health of many fisheries around the world, we are taking the initiative to bring an alternative to polythene bags to the market,” said David Mellon, CEO of Grundéns. “Sustainability is a journey, and we are constantly striving to improve the environmental performance of our own products, packaging and operations. This new compostable packaging will allow customers to drop it into their own household or municipal compost stream, confident that they are not adding plastic waste to the environment.
This article originally appeared in the July 2021 issue.