At Goodhood, we believe climate change is the most pressing concern the world faces. As such, we are building our company ideals around reducing our carbon footprint and the amount of waste we produce Our sustainable mission: To Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.
Last year, we introduced new mail and carrier bags. Our mailbags are now resealable, which means single-use is out the window - these storage bags can be used over and over again, meaning people can keep them for a lifetime. As a business we recycle whenever possible and have stopped using plastic bottles in our communal areas, opting for refillable glass bottles instead.
Our energy provider is Bulb - they provide us with 100% renewable energy and their gas is 100% carbon neutral. We use First Mile across all areas of the business for recycling and bulky cardboard disposal, we also use them for waste removal at our warehouse. We use DPD to deliver all our online orders, they are committed to making every parcel they send carbon neutral.
While it’s impossible to do everything, small changes over a long period create change, which is why we're constantly looking for ways to rethink and reuse, building a better environment step by step - check out a few you can do below...
REDUCING YOUR WASTE
Waste reduction - the act of reducing or eliminating harmful wastes, promoting a more conscious environment. We can make a change by gradually cutting down on our food and plastic misuse - foods sent to landfills release toxic greenhouse gases, resulting in climate change and global warming. It’s hard to avoid one-time-use plastic packaging, but they are ways to reduce our consumption. Replace them with sustainable, reusable products, free from BPA - an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics and resins. Choose recyclable and reusable options for food: such as Rosti Mepal’s lunch boxes, a better option than buying non-recyclable containers. When food waste goes to landfill, it decomposes, creating methane, which is 23x more deadly than carbon dioxide.
While the fashion industry may have been a major factor in the acceleration of a number of environmental issues, a large percentage of brands are now taking a long look at dealing with practices that have contributed to global warming, ocean pollution and much more. One key movement sees designers taking a totally new view on the materials used in production of garments and goods.
Relative newcomers Story Mfg pride themselves on using organically and ethically sourced fabrics, producing their garments in India using non-harmful, natural dyes. Mara Hoffman’s latest collections innovatively utilise plastic ocean-waste, while Puebco and Needles upcycle surplus fabrics and vintage pieces to give products a second life, whilst vastly reducing the amount going to waste...
Use natural, chemical-free products, introducing one product at a time, allowing your skin to adapt naturally. Avoid deodorants containing parabens and phthalates, which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Opt for natural creams housed in recyclable containers.
To keep up with a global movement towards a more sustainable environment, chemical-free options are becoming more accessible. More and more brands are going paraben, phthalates and sulfate free - but what exactly do these chemicals do? Despite their sole purposes being to improve shelf life (parabens), create bubbly lather you see in most shampoos (sodium laurel sulfate) and make plastics in cosmetics such as nail polish more flexible (phthalates), they are incredibly harsh to our bodies. They are not only drying and irritating, but these chemicals can also end up in our ocean, causing irreparable damage to wildlife and coral reefs. When looking for your next cosmetic and beauty products, opt for chemical-free options to be kinder to your body and planet. Fat and the Moon are a great example of a natural cosmetics brand, with a wide range of products from herbal deodorant to dry shampoo and tooth polish. Not only that, but their packaging is also recyclable and reusable. You should also check out Grown Alchemist too, who use a new generation of organic skincare formulations comprising of natural technologies that have revolutionised the traditional approach to anti-ageing skincare, body and hair care.
buy better, buy less: donate the pieces you’ve outgrown and keep the items you love. It cuts down on clutter and helps you define your personal style.
BUILT TO LAST
In a world of fast fashion and throwaway culture, it’s way too easy to get sucked into a cycle of high consumption and high waste. Maximising your clothes’ lifespan by selling or donating them once you are done is a great option, but it’s also important to consider the initial purchase; ask yourself, is this going to be something I will wear for years to come.
Being Built to Last isn’t just about the hardy construction and quality fabrics seen in workwear classics such as Carhartt’s Detroit jacket and the nigh-on indestructible Red Wing boot. Understated, timeless design, such as Common Projects’ Achilles or Stüssy's overalls genuinely stand the test of time, going beyond seasonal trends to become a staple in your capsule wardrobe, year after year…
So where does the future of sustainability lie? Mostly with us, taking individual sustainable steps; rethinking our daily habits. At the end of 2018, the UN Climate Change panel warned that we have just 12 years to limit a climate change catastrophe. A scary thought, but find comfort in the fact that each positive movement takes us closer to maintaining a solid ecological balance.