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COVID-19 UPDATE - Our Warehouse is still fully operational & shipping orders as normal. COVID-19 UPDATE - Our Warehouse is still fully operational & shipping orders as normal.

REMOVING PLASTIC

REMOVING PLASTIC
FROM OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

While sometimes plastic is a necessary medium, we’ve been on a journey to reduce the amount we use in our supply chain. Plastic can cause a lot of harm to both people, and the environment. Chemicals in plastics get absorbed by humans and marine life through food and water, having a detrimental effect on both. 

 

Here are a few of the things we’ve focused on improving:

Single use product bags.

The vast majority of our products have never been single poly bagged (individually wrapped in plastic). A small number products used to be single bagged due to their higher price and being more susceptible to damage during shipping. However we have now eliminated this practice so no garments are now being delivered single bagged.

Duster bags

Duster bags (carton liners) appear inside the shipping carton to protect the garments from the elements during transportation. We have now completely removed duster bags from our cartons. We started removing these in 2019 from all our production in China and we are now doing this with all production from Bangladesh. For white or easily damaged goods we have transitioned into using certified EN13432 biodegradable and compostable bags.

Garment tags.

Our socks, underwear and belts are moving to a cardboard tag where the garment hangs on a clothing rack in stores. Also, swift tags are a commonly used element in clothing. A swift tag is a small plastic tag that binds products together (commonly used with socks). We are eliminating all swift tags from 2020 onwards, so no products will land with these tags moving forward.

Retail bags.

We have never used single use plastic bags as store bags, and we will continue to do this. All of our paper retail bags are moving Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved.

Swing tags.

We no longer use metal eyelets in any of our swing tags. Though not plastic and a seemingly small change, they account for a substantial reduction of unnecessary waste year to year. All these small touch points where material appears in our supply chain helps reduce its use as we continuously evaluate where we can reduce, reuse or remove elements where possible.

Courier bags.

We have made the transition of swapping courier bags made out of virgin polyester for ones that are made out of recycled polyester. While this isn’t removing plastic from our operations, it is reducing our use of a non-renewable resource and instead using waste.

Carton tape.

Changing from standard cellotape on our cartons to paper tape. This was implemented in all factories and in our own warehouses by the end of last year. This is a small change but makes the cardboard easily recyclable.

Warehouse pallets.

Traditionally cartons arrive stacked on pallets and wrapped in plastic film. We have removed the plastic shrink wrap from our pallets and all products have arrived without the plastic wrapping from 2020 onwards.

Removing plastic from our
supply chain

 

Here at AS Colour we are committed to eliminate single use plastics, and plastic in general, from our supply chain. Through a thorough internal audit of our operations and supply chain, we have isolated areas we will improve upon. See below for a detailed list of what we are doing.

 

Single use bags.

 

The vast majority of our products have never been single poly bagged (individually wrapped in plastic). A few products used to be single bagged due to their higher price and being more susceptible to damage during shipping. However, over the past few years, we have been eliminating this practice and as of last year, no garments were being delivered single bagged.

 

Garment tags.

 

Our socks, underwear and belts are moving to a cardboard tag where the garment hangs on a clothing rack in stores. Also, swift tags are a commonly used element in clothing. A swift tag is a small plastic tag that binds products together (commonly used with socks). We are eliminating all swift tags from 2020 onwards, so no products will land with these tags moving forward.

 

Retail bags.

 

We have never used single use plastic bags as store bags, and we will continue to do this. All of our paper retail bags are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved.

 

Swing tags.

 

We no longer use plastic eyelets in any of our swing tags. This may seem like a small change, but these are numerous and account for a substantial amount over a year. All these small touch points where plastic appears in our supply chain helps reduce it’s use as we continuously evaluate where we can reduce, reuse or remove elements where possible.

 

Courier bags.

 

We have sourced and are introducing a recycled plastic bag to replace our existing courier bags. This is a complicated element that we have been working towards for quite some time. These have to be sturdy enough not to be damaged in the shipping process, as to replace an item would outweigh the benefit of having the bag be recyclable. These will be introduced as soon as possible.

 

Carton liners.

 

This is the liner that appears inside the cartons to protect the garments from the elements. Traditionally this product was made from plastic, we have now eliminated this practice from all of our cartons. Where we find it necessary for our products to still have extra protection we will use a bio-degradable eco plastic, which we compost ourselves upon delivery.

 

Carton tape.

 

All of our cartons are now sealed using paper tape, this relates to how the cartons arrive at our warehouses too. This may seem like a small element but we were impressed with what a difference it made and the feedback we received from customers.

 

Warehouse pallets.

 

Traditionally cartons arrive stacked on wooden pallets and those pallets are wrapped in plastic before they are put inside a shipping container. We are removing the plastic shrink wrap from our pallets and all products will arrive without the plastic wrapping from 2020 onwards.