"The climate issue is very important to me. I had my last piece of meat in 2016, and pick paper bags over plastic bags when I can. But there is so much more one can do, and especially as a company. Therefore it is very important to me to try and find climate-friendly alternatives." - Celina, founder and CEO of VAYE.
Below is a list of what we are doing to reduce our environmental impact. When discussing with suppliers, we are always looking for environmental alternatives such as recycled fabrics or ways to skip plastics.
RECYCLED SHIPPING BAGS
It is easier to make an impact on the environment as a company than as an individual. But we believe that individuals too have a responsibility, for example recycling both non-rigid plastics (plastic bags, straws, etc.) and hard plastics (such as PET bottles).
That is why our shipping bags are made of recycled plastics, because we don't want to contribute to bringing more plastics into our environment.
COTTON BAGS AND ZIPPER BAGS INSTEAD OF SINGEL USE PLASTIC BAGS
You know when you order fabric products online (clothes, swimwear, etc) - it is packed itself in a singel use-plastic bag that you throw away after? The reason is to keep out moisture so that the garment won't mold. Our swimwear collection is individually packed in cotton bags or plastic zipper bags (for you to keep and use!) instead of single use-plastic bags. Our aim is that our underwear and sportswear will be packed the same way.
We are now designing our first underwear collection, sportswear collection and some clothes. Where we can, we will use recycled materials. Some of them are expensive, but our goal is to use at least 50% recycled fabrics. In 2020, our swimwear collection will also be 50% made from recycled materials.
CLEANING THE OCEAN
When purchasing a bikini bottom or top from VAYE you are helping the ocean around Indonesia! Our suppliers are awesome and work with local charity businesses that clean up the oceans. So for every piece sold, 0.1$ goes to cleaning up the oceans from plastic waste! Our aim is to higher that amount in 2020.
At the end of this year, we will plant trees in order to neutralize our climate impact as much as we can. Our aim is that we in 2021 will be 100% climate positive.
RETURNS ARE ON YOU <3
We LOVE when you choose to shop with us. When we grow - we are more able to change the world for the better. The more we order from our suppliers, the more recycled garments are produced, recycled plastics are used and suppliers get more and more used to buying and ordering environmental friendly options. That is because you choose to shop with us! But we don't want to encourage more shipping than necessary. That is why the returns shipping rate is on you, so that you won't shop too much stuff :)
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas on have we can get more climate positive!