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In recognition and celebration of #plasticfreejuly I want to share a bit about how we minimise plastic here at Fabrik.

I’ve spent the past few years searching out alternatives to plastic in every step of the design, manufacturing and packaging process. And I’m happy to admit that it hasn’t always been easy and it hasn’t always been possible.

I manufacture each collection in Bali and if you have ever visited the Island of the Gods you’ll know exactly how big the plastic issue is. And it was very, very difficult to go plastic-free in the studio, especially when it came to packing each piece in preparation for it’s journey to Australia. A protective plastic bag was the best option for a safe journey. But was it? 

Thankfully - so thankfully! - Bali has just banned single-use plastics. 

On Jun 23rd, 2019 dreaded styrofoam, plastic bags and plastic straws are now officially prohibited island-wide. Following the ban, the Governor hopes to reduce Bali’s plastic marine pollution by 70%!

So what does this mean for Fabrik? I’ve been on the lookout for an alternative option to plastic and I’m delighted to tell you that I’ve found it. The answer? Cornstarch packaging bags. And so far, I'm really pleased with their performance. 

After you’ve ordered your favourite Fabrik pieces, they’re packaged in a drawstring bag that’s made from fabric offcuts in the studio. This is the best plastic-free solution and also a brilliant way to minimise fabric waste. I encourage you to re-use the bag for your groceries. They make great library bags too. And perhaps if you’ve got enough bags, you can use it as gift wrapping for the next present you wrap.

The final stage of the post process has been saved by the team from Better Packaging Co. They’ve created a sturdy and totally comPOSTable bag that’s made from corn starch and resin (for added flexibility). And yes, you can reuse it or throw it in your compost and the worms will have a feast.

I definitely don’t live a plastic-free life but I’m making small steps - in my home and business - to ensure I’m making permanent changes that are better for the earth. 

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