Being in the custom apparel industry for almost 8 years has taught us so many things. We once made 500 t-shirts for an event and there were 500 poly bags used for each t-shirt. These poly bags were required because it keeps the t-shirt from dirt and ensures they’re presentable.
After the crew unpacked the t-shirts, we saw all these bags being thrown into a bin that could not hold them anymore. With a gust of wind, all these bags just flew off and caused a mess. There were bags that flew around and probably ended up in drains. And the rest which the event crew managed to collect, probably ended up in a landfill.
With our printing capacity of more than 50,000 t-shirts a month, that’s 50,000 single use poly bags being used to store the t-shirts until the reach their respective owners. After that it is just going to be thrown away thus polluting the earth further. Now multiply that by the thousands of t-shirt companies around the world. It is quite obvious now why the apparel industry is the second biggest polluter on earth.
So how do we try to stop this from happening?
At SaltyCustoms, we’re in the midst of exploring alternative packaging aside from the industry norm – poly bags.
Well, we know clearly that it’s not going to be an easy task to eliminate poly bags entirely. But we can start reducing them by trying new and better ways to store t-shirts and give them out without compromising the presentation of the t-shirts. Because at the end of the day, everyone really loves their shirts being presented in a cool and edgy way! Half of the fun of buying something new is unboxing the package in the first place.
Here are a few ways we’re looking to replace Poly Bags.
Using twine or rope that can be repurposed in the future. This looks like a great present that is well done and presented. With something like this, you can still capture the essence of the t-shirt and it’s print while also ensuring that you remove the single-use plastic poly bags from the equation. In addition to that, you could also use recyclable or biodegradable paper to showcase the product or t-shirt rather than just put in piece of labeling and paper that can only be used once. Imagine those stickers stuck to the poly bags - it makes it worse because then the plastic will not be able to be recycled because of the fact that the sticker has now contaminated it.
Another awesome way you could replace poly bags is by commissioning paper envelopes or packages. Since paper is a lot easier to recycle and is available easily as an already recycled product. You can basically replace what the poly bags does for the t-shirts with envelope or paper packaging.
Be creative. Check out these ideas:
Why is it so important to start using eco-friendly packaging?
The fashion industry is the second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. We need to start doing something to begin lowering the rate of pollution. We truly believe that being fashionable or buying apparel that is needed daily, should not be destroying the earth.
There are so many better ways we can implement to slowly improve the industry. Join us as we thrive along this journey of improving Mother Earth while still making sure you look awesome in your new custom swag!