Compostable mailers: We ship plastic-free.

You’re order will arrive packaged in a mailer, which is super bendy and will easily fit into your bag. You’ve probably only encountered the standard plastic version.
Our packaging is made from a mix of corn starch and the bio-plastics PLA and PBAT. This might sound complicated, but just imagine: in 180 days 90% of our packaging will have rotted on the compost heap. Yes, our mailers are not only biodegradable but also compostable.

Find out more about our approach to sustainability.

Is bio-plastic the alternative?

Bio-plastic is durable

For a while we simply packaged our shipments in paper. Consequently, we had to use tape made from plastic as the substitutes simply weren’t sticky enough to hold. In addition, some parcels would tear, leading to them being wrapped in plastic by the mail order companies. Pas cool. All these problems were solved by our bio-plastic packaging.

Bio-plastic is compact

One could use cardboard boxes instead of wrapping orders on paper, of course. The downside though, is that they come in standardized sizes which – depending on the order – might be far bigger than necessary. The excess room left might need to be filled with more packaging, leading to more waste and wasting more resources.

Bio-plastic is eco friendly 🙂

This is what it’s all about! Unlike normal plastic, bio-plastic is biodegradable and needs far fewer resources. Cardboard production uses more water and produces more CO2 as well as polluting more air and water than producing our bio-plastic mailers. A box not made from recycled paper means more trees cut down (2 billion annually). Recycling has its limits too: on average, a cardboard box can only be recycled five times.

Is bio-plastic compostable?

It depends. Many bio-plastic products only degrade under certain environmental conditions. But our bio-plastic really is compostable! Compared to so called oxo degradable materials (like polyethylene) our bio-plastic mailers won’t break up into micro-plastic particles, but will degrade as biomass, CO2 and water. This doesn’t require any special conditions but will happen right at home on your compost heap. At least 90% of the mailer will have rotted after 180 days – as guaranteed by the TÜV Austria certification and AS 5810-2010.
Bio-plastic also has some advantages in comparison with cardboard. Not only does it produce 62% less CO2, but needs 99% less water and 95% less energy to make. Pollutants like sulfur oxide or nitrogen oxide are not required either.

Our mailers plant trees.

To top it off, our compostable packaging is CO2 negative. Meaning, that 200% of our mailers’ ecological footprint are compensated for. This happens in collaboration with mossy.earth.
Should you need to return your order, our mailers come equipped with an additional stick strip so you don’t need to use any tape. Bye bye plastic.

Which kinds of bioplastic do we use?

Our mailers are made from GMO free corn starch and the bio-plastics PLA and PBAT (both are biodegradable). If all these letters leave you confused, carry on reading to find out more.

PLA

PLA is an organic and biodegradable substance. As it tends to only be compostable under certain conditions, it is usually mixed with materials that rot quicker.

PBAT

PBAT (Polybutylene adipate terephthalate) is a biodegradable plastic which, though it isn’t organic, tends to degrade very quick. Our mailers can be composted at home due to having a PLA-PBAT mix. As far as we know there isn’t a 100% organically based alternative yet, but our partners in this matter continue to strive towards that goal.

“What difference is one bag going to make?”
–7.7 billion people

EVERY single bag or mailer makes a difference, especially when multiplied by 7,7 billion! That is why our mailer are –

  • Compostable and biodegradable – even in a domestic environment
  • CO2-negative
  • non-toxic
  • reusable
  • TÜV Austria certified (“OK Compost Industrial”)

How do you dispose of bio-plastic?

Contrary to popular belief, bio-plastic should not be discarded into plastic waste as it impedes recycling “normal” plastic. Many kinds of bio-plastic belong with general waste.

Our mailers can, as stated by the manufacturer, be thrown on your compost heap or discarded with your organic waste. How about reusing them as a bag for your potato peels? (Careful though: don’t use it too long, as the mailer might start to degrade and cause a bit of a mess!)
Before you put the mailer in your compost, be sure to remove all labels. Though our shipping labels are made from recycled paper, the sticky side sadly still is non-sustainable. So be sure to throw them in your general waste.

(Our information on the topic recycling was provided by the manufacturers)

How is bio-plastic made?

Bio-plastics are manufactured differently according to the raw materials used and the desired type of plastic. See the stages our mailers go through.

Production. Everything begins with cornstarch, PLA and PBAT. The corn is produced without genetic modifications and the corn used is not suited for human consumption. These raw materials are processed into plastic in China.

Transportation. As there are, regrettably, no plants in Europe that produce organically based plastics, the mailers are shipped from China to Europe. This is responsible for the most amount of CO2 produced. As the mailers are transported via ship instead of plane though, only 340 kg of CO2 are released per delivery. About the same amount as during a flight from London to Barcelona.

Shipping. To counter wasteful practices, we avoid cost saving measures like ordering in bulk. This way the mailers don’t rot before we use them for your orders. (180 days might sound longer than you think, but nature never stops working ;))

Delivery. You can check out your new vintage goodies as soon as we deliver your order to you. Should some piece not suit you as well as you hoped, you can send it right back to us in the mailer. The mailer has an additional sticky strip so you can repackage your return easily, without using any further plastic.

Biodegradable. If your happy with your order, you can either reuse the mailer for your other postal needs or just chuck it in your organic waste or on your compost heap to rot.

Frauen
Männer
Size Chest size Waist size Hip size
XXS <73 cm <58cm <80 cm
XS 74-81 cm 59-64 cm 80-89 cm
S 82-89 cm 65-70 cm 90-97 cm
M 90-97 cm 71-76 cm 98-104 cm
L 98-107 cm 77-82 cm 105-112 cm
XL 108-119 cm 83-88 cm 113-122 cm
XXL 120-131 cm 89 cm 123-134 cm
Size Chest size Waist size Hip size
XS <93 cm <81 cm <97 cm
S 94-97 cm 82-85 cm 98-101 cm
M 98-101 cm 86-89 cm 102-105 cm
L 102-105 cm 90-94 cm 106-109 cm
XL 106-109 cm 95-99 cm 110-113 cm
XXL 110-113 cm 100-104 cm 114-117 cm
XXXL >114 cm >105 cm >118 cm