At Nique, we are continuously researching ways to create innovative fashion that isn’t wasteful or negatively impacting people our planet. We don’t consider ourselves a sustainable brand, however as a business we have a responsibility to minimise our social and environmental impacts and are committed to continuously making better choices. One of our current focus areas is on packaging. This includes the elimination of excess packaging, the reduction of plastic through our supply chain operations and correct waste disposal.
We believe it is important that all of our packaging is either biodegradable, compostable, recyclable or reusable. Whilst eliminating packaging entirely isn’t feasible, we endeavour to make smarter and more sustainable choices surrounding packaging that ensures a better future for our planet. We are excited to share with you what we have been working on…
By working with our suppliers, we have eliminated the use of excess packaging and plastic in the form of:
- Plastic sleeves
- Plastic clips
- Plastic bullets
- Plastic collar stands (we use recycled paper collar stands)
- Strapping for cartons - plastic or otherwise
- Polystyrene chips, poly air pillows and bubble wrap (replaced with packing paper, biodegradable packing peanuts or corrugated bubble)
- Excess tissue paper
We also use recycled cartons where possible and are re-using them in our distribution centre.
We have been researching alternative solutions for garment polybags, looking to reduce our usage and swapping to environmentally friendly options where possible.
We have classified our garment categories, between garment types that require protection and garments that can do without.
We aim to reduce our polybag intake - from 49,017 bags in 2019 by 50% for 2022.
All of our polybags are currently removed at our warehouse, to ensure all of the plastic is recycled correctly via REDcycle recycling.
Maxim Polybag trial
We are currently trialling biodegradable poly bags within our AW21 collection.
These garment bags leave no trace- they are made from polymers which are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, non-toxic, water soluble and marine safe.
The bags feature multiple disposal options from dissolving in hot water, anaerobic digestion and are also compostable.
The bag is marine safe, breaking down harmlessly and releasing no toxins into waterways.