Cucumber & Sustainability

We created Cucumber Clothing to make you look fabulous and stay cool. From the start, our goal has been to merge ethics and aesthetics. In fashion that is always a challenge since we know going naked is the most environmentally friendly option! 

sustainable

Here’s how we try and do it.

  • We produce small runs as and when we are ready. That means ordering the exact amount of fabric we need (no wastage).
  • Aside from our special fabrics, we source and manufacture entirely within the UK. That means less travel and transport, easily verifiable standards for factories and workers (we visit multiple times a month) as well as supporting our local and national economy.
  • We use minimal packaging. All our orders are sent out with minimal packaging, it still looks pretty, it’s all recyclable, there is just less of it. 
  • We have taken plastic out of our chain.  We have moved to 100% biodegradable and compostable bags to protect our collection when it is being transported from the factory to our warehouse. Adieu plastic bags!
  • We use fabrics that last six times longer than cotton, are colour fast and require minimal care. That means each piece can be truly loved and worn over many years – slow, not fast fashion. Our clothes need less washing (anti-sweat, anti-odour) and if you do wash them it’s cold with no tumble-drying and a very light, if any, iron or steam. That means less energy consumption.

Cucumber is building a sustainable community. Join us!

 

REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

what to do with your Cucumber packaging

 

1 – Brown paper postal sack. These sturdy sacks are made of 100% recycled paper and care 100% recyclable. We suggest you save and reuse to send out your packages.

 

2 – Clear Bag. You may receive some of your order in a clear envelope bag. These are made from 100% annually renewable crops, are fully biodegradable and compostable (see instructions on the flip side) into C02 and  H20.

 

3 – Tissue Paper. You may receive tissue paper which is 100% recyclable. We are in the process of moving to 100% recycled tissue as soon as we finish our last sheets. Please recycle!

 

4 – Tape. We have moved to 100% recyclable packing tape which will be brown in colour. This is made from natural rubber and a renewable resource (kraft paper).  Please recycle!

 

5 – Stickers. We are finishing the last of our original stickers and are actively looking for a recyclable product. You will be the first to know when we do!

 

6 – All good things come to an end. Cucumber Clothing lasts a very long time, but if you are in need of a refresh, we’ll happily recycle any Cucumber pieces you send back to us at 25 Dartmouth Park Avenue, NW5 1JL, and give you 10% off your next order! Everyone wins.

 

COMPOSTING YOUR CLEAR BAG

 

1) Compost Heap: This is what they are designed for so is the best option. (They are suitable for both home and industrial composting) 

 

2) Council Garden waste bin: Although this would work you would need to check with your local council to ensure that that this waste is going for industrial composting. (Also, you could end up 'at odds' with the council for putting what they could view to be the wrong waste in the bin.)

 

3) Food Waste Bin: This would also be suitable but once again it might be best to check what the council is doing with this waste. (The bags are suitable for anaerobic digestion or industrial composting, if they will allow you to put them in).

 

4) General Waste Bin: Although possibly not viewed as the perfect option, in landfill they will break down to CO2 and water in much the same way as they would in a compost heap.

 

5) Recycled Paper and Card Bin: They should not go in with paper for recycling.

 

6) Recycled Plastic Bag Collections: They should not go in this bin either.

Biodegradable and compostable film is made from renewable plant materials, not petrochemicals. It is designed to break down to CO2 and H2O so leaves nothing suitable for recycling unlike traditional plastic bottles etc.

Hopefully this will enable you to choose the best option for environmentally responsible disposal of the biodegradable bags.

 

MORE ABOUT OUR BIOFILM BAGS:

 

Biofilm or PLA (Poly-Lactic-Acid) is obtained from corn, potato or other starch/sugar sources.

These plants grow by photo-synthesis, absorbing CO2 from the air, minerals and water from the soil and the energy from the sun;

The starch and sugar content of the plants is converted into lactic acid by micro-organisms by fermentation;

Lactic acid is polymerized and becomes poly-lactic acid (PLA);

PLA is extruded into film and becomes flexible Biofilm packaging;

Once used Biofilm is composted into CO2, water and biomass;

Compost, CO2 and water are then used by plants, and so the cycle continues.