Amsterdam-based fashion brand Scotch & Soda cooperates with TIPA, a business that performs compostable and biodegradable packaging solutions, to begin sustainable packaging to its supply chain.
The combination of bioplastic TIPA bags is part of Scotch & Soda’s plan to walk away from conventional plastic polybags for all product categories by 2025, establishing the brand’s sustainability mission to contribute to environmental protection.
In 2022, a minimum of one million Scotch & Soda garments will be packed in TIPA bioplastic bags. For SS22, TIPA bags will represent 21% of the total product packaging and be used for high-volume items, such as T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, jumpers, and shirts.
Through its cooperation with TIPA, Scotch & Soda hopes to encourage consumers to start composting and boost awareness about the environmental influence of both the production and end-of-life of conventional packaging.
Scotch & Soda will also allow customers to drop off their bioplastic TIPA bags in selected shops. The brand will operate with regional waste processors to ensure the bags go to composting, starting with its two London stores.
TIPA’s packaging solutions will offer the same level of protection as conventional polybags but are less dependent on fossil fuels and allow for composting at the end of life instead of landfill and incineration.
Bio-based plastics are made from renewable biological resources, such as sugar cane or corn starch. By increasing the use of these renewable feedstocks, Scotch & Soda aims to reduce its reliance on fossil-based resources.
Jelle de Jong, Sustainability Director at Scotch & Soda, said: “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.”