SupplyCompass, a product development and production management platform, has launched a compostable packaging range for fashion brands which is made from a corn-based biopolymer and is as durable as plastic. One of the only companies to offer this fully customizable service on compostable poly bags, the launch sees SupplyCompass tackling single-use plastic in the garment supply chain, head-on.
Based in London and Mumbai, SupplyCompass enables fashion brands and manufacturers to produce better, together. The cloud-based software is transforming the fashion industry, by digitalizing global supply chains and making sustainable sourcing easy and cost-effective for brands and every player in the supply chain. Following demand from both brands and consumers, the company introduced the compostable packaging range via its product builder tool: SupplyCompass Essentials.
SupplyCompass’s packaging range includes eco mailers (postal packaging for E-commerce brands) and polybags (supply chain packaging) that are 100% compostable*, making them a perfect plastic-free packaging choice. The bags are made from a corn-based biopolymer whilst being durable and waterproof, ensuring items are kept securely. Once used, the bags can be put into a home compost where they will break down in six months.
As a business we see millions of single-use polybags being discarded on a regular basis, so we set out to tackle this. Polybags are the plastic bags used in the distribution and delivery end of the supply chain to protect products. They’re lightweight, effective, and cheap. But, unfortunately, their most common iteration is 100% plastic and difficult to recycle.
Flora continues: “According to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s recent report The New Plastics Economy, plastic packaging is estimated at 26% of the total volume of plastics created a year. 72% of this plastic packaging is never incorporated back into the economy: 40% is landfilled and 32% leaks out of the collection system altogether. As one of the only businesses to offer customizable, compostable poly bags, we’re looking forward to helping instigate change within the garment supply chain.”
With a shelf life of 12 months, the eco mailer and polybags also come in various sizes and are customizable, so brands can use their own logo or words to make them their own. The bags have a minimum order of 3,000 units and a lead time of eight weeks. Samples cost between £55-£100+ depending on the size of the bag, and cane fiber biodegradable stickers can also be ordered. SupplyCompass’s partner factory for its compostable packaging range is located in southern India.
* SupplyCompass’s bags have been independently certified as ‘home compostable’ and ‘biobased’ by Vincotte and TUV Austria. Raw materials include PBAT (Polybutylene adipate terephthalate) which helps the bags to biodegrade quickly; Beneform, a biopolymer made from either corn or tapioca; and PLA (Polylactic acid) which is derived from renewable plant resources like corn, cassava, sugar cane, or beets.
SupplyCompass is a product development and production management platform that enables fashion brands and manufacturers to produce better, together. The cloud-based software is transforming the fashion industry, by digitalizing global supply chains and making sustainable sourcing easy and cost-effective for brands and every player in the supply chain. The platform enables brands to manage the entire product development, sourcing, and production process from design right through to delivery, all in one place.
SupplyCompass has also built a network of over 200 supply chain partners, visiting, vetting, and handpicking only the best manufacturers, mills, and suppliers to join. The majority of their network is in India, with some strategically placed partners in Portugal, Nepal, China, and Spain.
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