Remember when we had to get off our couches to go shopping? We couldn’t scroll our phones to find the best deals, we actually had to browse the clearance racks and “window shop” through actual windows.
Times they are a-changing.
Now, it’s rare for most of us to shop “in person”. We’re accustomed to scrolling for our must-have’s and price comparing via apps or a quick Google search. We can get our food delivered to our doorstep by a stranger (and anything else our shopping carts/hearts desire).
Along with this rise in convenience-based shopping comes an unexpected side effect — a massive increase in packaging and, therefore, waste.
According to Rubicon Global, the United States alone throws out $11.4 billion worth of recyclable containers and packaging each year. Some, but not all, packaging can be recycled, but most isn’t. In fact, the University of Southern Indiana reported that about 1/3 of every dump or landfill is made up of packaging materials like cardboard, plastic, styrofoam, packing peanuts, etc.
Packaging is a necessary byproduct of online, convenience-driven consumerism and something that, as shifts towards eco-friendliness move consumerism forward, will need to shift with the movement for the sake of our planet.
No Issue is a company leading the charge.
The brand is a small startup aiming to “clean up” consumerism through something as simple as the packaging brands choose to use. They don’t believe shopping and eco-friendliness are mutually exclusive. In fact, they think the two have to go hand in hand in order for healthy consumerism and our planet to co-exist.
We believe that sustainable packaging doesn't have to be unattainable. You can be environmentally conscious and responsible while creating a premium product for your customers to enjoy, and we can help you do it.
— No Issue
No Issue creates recylcleable tissue paper (customizable with a brand’s logo or print) using plant-based inks. They also create stickers and, most noteworthy, mailers that BIODEGRADE.
We’ve all been left with the nasty predicament of what to do with our shipping materials once we’ve received an order, but No Issue takes the guilt out of the equation for both brand owners and customers by making packaging that can be easily recycled and composted (at home!).
No Issue used soy-based inks for their products which is free from petroleum, and enables their paper to be recycled more easily.
Their paper is all FSC certified, which means it’s been sourced from trees that are grown in a sustainable and regenerative way, to avoid deforestation.
The compostable mailers are certified by all three industry standard certifiers, making them acceptable to mail worldwide. They’re made from PLA (corn) and PBAT (a compostable bio-based polymer). They’re water-proof, durable (even for heavy items), and customizable. My favorite part of the mailers is that they’re at-home compostable, so you don’t need to find a commercial composting center for them to break down properly.
I’m not a brand owner who needs to ship items, but I am a consumer who receives quite a bit of mail, so knowing that there are options like No Issue for us to choose from will greatly lessen the waste of the fashion industry (and all of the other industries that require shipping), and can help us, as consumers, to rest easy knowing that our purchases aren’t adding extra strain to the Earth.
*This post was sponsored by No Issue, all photos, opinions, and creative direction are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SL&Co. possible!*