Fashion for Good launches the Home-Compostable Polybag Project, a pilot to test alternatives to conventional disposable polybags. Orchestrated by Fashion for Good in collaboration with C&A and Levi Strauss & Co., this six-month project uses new bags from Fashion for Good innovators TIPA Corp. and Greenhope.
These bags are made with bio-based material to reduce fossil fuel consumption and are designed to compost in either home or municipal composting environments. The project aims to find alternative end uses for landfill-bound materials, and to provide a home alternative for consumers who do not have access to municipal composting programs.
INTRODUCING COMPOSTABLE ALTERNATIVES TO WASTE BOUND POLYSAKES
An estimated 180 billion polybags are produced each year to store, transport and protect clothing and footwear. The production, use and end of use have a significant impact: conventional virgin polybags have a high carbon footprint and low recycling rate worldwide. Conventional bags are usually incinerated, landfilled or exposed to environmental leakage, harming natural systems. To change this paradigm, innovation must both find appropriate disposal routes that are less harmful to the environment and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.
In the Home-Compostable Polybag Project, Fashion for Good partners C&A and Levi Strauss & Co. testing important home compostable polybags that include bio-based material from the innovators TIPA Corp. and Greenhope, in their supply chain as a viable replacement for conventional plastic bags.
“We are proud to participate in the Home Compostable Polybag Project by Fashion for Good. As part of our sustainability strategy, C&A has set high ambitions for the reduction of consumer-facing plastics by 2028. This pilot project plays a crucial role in achieving C&A’s plastic reduction goals and contributes significantly to an industry-wide transition.” – Aleix Busquets Gonzalez, head of global sustainability at C&A
SCALING INNOVATIVE PLASTIC
There are several critical challenges to scaling home compostable bags: functionality, impact, cost and infrastructure, all of which will be assessed during the project. The innovative bags include bio-based content, which must be tested against key performance and quality attributes, such as transparency, durability and longevity. This project seeks to measure these bags against conventional plastics in supply chains, as well as to measure the overall impact and associated costs of the materials. “The Home-Compostable, Polybag Project with Fashion for Good is an exciting opportunity to try a solution for an e-commerce element our customers are all too familiar with – the polybag. This pilot not only moves us towards our goal of eliminating single-use plastics in consumer-facing packaging by 2030, it also implements the industry collaboration required to address these ubiquitous challenges in hopes of reducing harmful elements in the apparel supply chain. ” – Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer, at Levi Strauss & Co.
BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR CIRCULARITY
The Home-Compostable Polybag Project is the third Fashion for Good polybag project after the Circular Polybag Pilot (completed in 2020) and Reusable Packaging (completed in 2021) projects. These projects aim to validate innovations that reduce dependence on virgin fossil fuels, reduce the impact of production and are capable of compostability, avoiding landfill.
“Fashion is one of the main segments where consumers are looking for alternatives to conventional plastic packaging. This is why we are extremely proud to be chosen by Fashion for Good to participate in this innovative pilot to test plastics that degrade in the soil at the end of their use. By offering an alternative to conventional plastic packaging, TIPA helps sustainably responsible fashion brands fight plastic pollution. A program like this is critical to demonstrating the viability of compostable packaging like TIPA’s and gaining scale by forming more alliances within the industry.” – Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and Co-Founder, TIPA Corp.
“We are so pleased to be selected by Fashion for Good to participate in this collaborative project with such credible global parties. Plastic waste pollution is a massive systemic problem and this collaborative platform approach is one of the most effective ways to quickly reach credible, scaled solutions. Through our technology, Greenhope is ready, willing and able to support this all the way to its positive conclusion: connecting sustainable consumption and production of global brands with positive social impact among developing country farms that supply the bio-based raw materials.” – Tommy Tjiptadjaja, CEO and Co-Founder, Greenhope