Biodegradable packaging, a great ally for sustainability campaigns
Since its inception, Blue Design America has taken the production of garments very seriously following strict quality, social and environmental standards. We believe that awareness of responsible production, circular economy, zero-waste production, social and workforce inclusion, and respect for the environment are the backbone for a brighter future in the industry, within the framework of the United Nations SDGs.
It is for this reason that we have put all our energy, resources and ideas around these objectives in each of our productions, which is why we are proud to announce that we have joined the Jeans Redesign Project of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in order to sharpen our production methods and strategies to achieve, and why not… expand these goals.
As a company that is committed to sustainable development and maintaining the quality and availability of our resources for future generations, we are very concerned about the packaging that most customers demand.
Single-use plastic is the protagonist in the solid waste scene on a global scale. Almost 500 million polyethylene bags are made every day and 350 million of them end up in water courses at a rate of 7 million every day, taking almost 600 years to completely decompose. This critical situation threatens marine and human life as they enter the food chain in the seas, where the food chain begins.
Upon entering this chain, they are installed in the digestive system of marine animals that are then consumed by birds and other animals that take them to the shores on land, and then enter our systems in the water we drink, the food we eat and in some cases the air we breathe.
Did you know that in developing countries people eat the same amount of microplastics every month that are used to make a credit card (5 gr)?
We believe that production with yarns and fabrics of responsible origin, social inclusion, energy and water savings must also be followed with “zero waste” productions. Therefore, BDA has been researching and planning new packaging methods, encouraging our partners to adopt these new options as their own, and together, work on a supply chain with less plastic generation and more positive impacts on communities and the Enviromental health.
Some of these new methods are:
1) Use of soluble bags instead of polypropylene bags, these take 5 minutes to dissolve in pure water and are made of organic materials that come from cassava or potatoes, being organic they are easily digestible by microorganisms present in the water.
2) Packing our products in recycled polyester fabric, this would be more expensive, but as a positive impact final consumers can reuse these bags for other things (groceries, luggage, storage other things).
3) Use recycled polyethylene bags, recovered from the final disposal here in Paraguay. These bags are made from 100% recycled material and are colored (Black or White), so they can protect our products from light, dust and moisture.
You can consider the above options as a start, we would like to add the possibility to stop packing each product separately and choose to pack them in groups that suit you, the customer. This option applies to all the bags mentioned above.
We leave you some reference materials, to raise awareness about the crucial problems that all watercourses are experiencing today.
The oceans are not only masses of water with a lot of life and beautiful landscapes, but they also play a fundamental role in the control of global temperature, the exchange of greenhouse gases, the source of food and countless other environmental services.
Plastic Ocean, UN
We need to take a step forward with this issue, after all, we all come from water and depend on it to this day.