Scotch & Soda will integrate Tipa bioplastic bags into its supply chain, stepping away from conventional plastic polybags for all product categories by 2025 as part of its sustainability mission to contribute to environmental protection.
The fashion brand is committing to replacing one million polybags by mid-2022 by ensuring that its garments are packed in Tipa bioplastic bags. For spring and summer, the first two collections of the year, Tipa bags will represent 21 percent of the total product packaging and will be used for high volume items, such as T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters and shirts, throughout menswear, womenswear and kidswear.
Scotch & Soda sustainability director, Jelle de Jong, said in a statement: “We believe there is room for improvement when it comes to the implementation, collection and composting of bioplastic packaging in the fashion industry. By working together with Tipa and local waste processors, we hope a product traditionally considered as waste will through the composting process return nutrients to the soil.”
It is common for fashion labels to package their finished garments to protect them from water, handling and transportation to ensure customers receive their orders in the best possible condition. These bags are generally made of Polyethylene (PE), a polymer derived from fossil fuels and usually end up in landfill.
Tipa’s bags are made from 20 percent bio-based plastic, derived from corn starch and sugar cane and 80 percent fossil-based plastic, while offering the same level of protection as conventional polybags. They are also both biodegradable and compostable, with the bags suitable for at-home and industrial composting, and have been designed to fully disintegrate over a three to six month period.