As cyclists, first and foremost, we truly believe in the importance of protecting the environment and we hope to encourage other people to cycle to not just improve their commute but also to improve their own impression on the planet.
Whilst fashion manufacturing has got a bad rep when it comes to sustainability, from the beginning we have put it at the centre of our products. We make our bags to last, which we believe is one of the best ways to help the environment - we don't believe in fast fashion and cheaply made products. We have spent a long time sourcing great manufacturers and we work closely with them to ensure the quality of our cycle bags. All our products are small-batch produced and individually checked three times before being sent to our customers.
As well as that we have other commitments to reduce our effect on the environment which are outlined below. For us this isn't a fad or a band wagon to jump on, it is a life-time commitment.
As technology improves - such as recycled textiles, manufacturing with less water-usage and recycling technology we will extend our offering. This is something we are always looking to invest in so please do get in touch if you have suggestions or you are a supplier who can help us on this journey.
We use British Made 80% recycled cardboard boxes and paper packing tape for our customer packaging (20% of the box requires virgin cardboard to ensure its strength). Using cardboard and paper tape means that all our delivery boxes can be re-used or completely recycled.
Our philosophy is always to reuse or recycle first. This is why we haven't chosen to use compostable mailers. Added to that, compostable mailers have to be composted - with many of our customers living in cities without access to compost bins, this doesn't always work. At the moment many compostable mailers are not ocean grade bio-degradable which means that they only degrade to a certain level and what is left can still make it to the oceans and pollute at a micro level.
All the packaging that we receive when we collect our bags from our manufacturers is either reused (either by returning it to our manufacturers to reuse for our next production or used when we send our products to our stockists) or it is completely recycled.
BECOMING PLASTIC FREE
We are working towards becoming 100% plastic free - all the way from our manufacturers to our customers. Although most of our packaging is cardboard, we do use cellophane covers for our bags to protect them in the post. This can be recycled but isn't as widely recycled as other materials. We are currently switching to cotton covers to remove cellophane from our product line.
We pride ourselves on making cycle bags that are build to last. Our British made bags are crafted in Leather. We are aware that leather has implications on the planet but there are many advantages to using it. Firstly, it is a beautiful material - we use good quality leather and the material itself is long lasting, great quality and ages beautifully. Secondly, leather is recycle-able and can be shredded and re-purposed by tanneries to make recycled leather products. Most recycling centres accept leather.
In addition to all this, our bags are all small batch produced and we work with smaller manufacturers instead of large factories that mass produce. Although this might cost us more, mass production not only reduces the quality and care for workers it also increases product failure during production, which creates unnecessary waste.
Our canvas range is made from cotton and is silicon coated for water-repellency. We chose this specifically after consulting a team at Greenpeace on the best way to water-repel canvas without harming the environment. Many companies use PFCs or other chemicals to water-repel fabric but this causes harm to both workers and the environment which is something we were not prepared to be part of.
We are currently working with manufacturers in the UK, Portugal and Italy on a recycled plastic fabric range made from recovered fishing nets and plastic bottles. Please watch this space for that next range.
We don't currently have a repair service although this is something we are looking into. Our 1 year guarantee ensures our bags quality and we will always repair any bag that has a rare fault within that time without question. If we can't repair as good as new, we will replace it and aim to repair your old bag to gift or re-sell at cost as "wonky's". Whilst we are looking into the possibility of a repair service beyond the year guarantee, we can still provide most parts and replacements to any customers who need to repair their bag after the 1 year guarantee so they can be easily repaired at a local bag/shoe repairer with matching parts.
Where we can, we do cycle deliver our bags locally - powered by nothing more than porridge (or sometimes a pain au chocolate). As we grow this is getting harder to always fit in but as cyclists, if we can squeeze a ride in to deliver a bag we will do. We also cycle to the post office as often as we can.