We are not sustainable - and no one creating new pieces out of new materials is. We are not in the business of greenwashing or labeling ourselves as a “clean” brand. We are not claiming to be experts in the space of sustainable manufacturing. What we are is a studio trying our best to do good, be responsible and create mindfully - for our community, the environment and all the real humans we work alongside with. But since U clicked on this page, you’re probably looking for some sort of insight on what we do to be good - well, enjoy. Let US know what we can do to be better, we love learning.
We’ve worked hard to get our packaging to a place that’s not only the least impactful to the environment, but also meets our brand’s aesthetic standards, and keeps our clothes safe while it makes its way to you. Introducing 100% Recyclable or Compostable Packaging by US. Our clothes are folded in Lokta Paper - a handmade, wildcrafted artisan paper indigenous to Nepal. Lotka fibers are derived from the bark of the Daphne plant. The shrub regenerates naturally, making it a renewable source and one you can throw into your compost. The Lokta Paper is sealed with a recycled paper Uncle Studios sticker. This can be easily removed from the lokta paper and put into your recycling bin. Our note card is made with wildflower seed paper. Plant the paper in soil, and see wildflowers grow within 4-6 weeks with love and care. The package is then put into recycled kraft cardboard boxes made from post consumer waste and sealed with water adhesive paper tape. Both are recyclable.
The carbon neutral project helps us reduce the carbon emissions required to manufacture and transport our products. By investing in offset initiatives such as renewable energy, forest conservation and energy efficiency - initiatives that help restore our environment, we are making sure every product is carbon neutral. We wanted to make sure we included a diverse range of projects including Reforestation, Renewable Energy and Community. All of our projects are verified and certified by The Gold Standard, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Verified Carbon Standard (VS). Like other third-party certifications, these verifiers make sure that the projects are working to deliver the benefits they promise.
GreenStory is a third-party auditor who extensively goes through our supply chain to measure our impact from farming and fabric knitting, to cutting and sewing. How do they do it? GreenStory uses life cycle assessments (LCAs) from the specific regions we operate in and GabiSoftware to accurately measure our impact - which we translate into relatable measurements like days of drinking water saved and miles of emissions avoided. Their metrics allow us to be completely transparent with you and hold us accountable to make sure we are exceeding industry sustainability standards.
As of April 2022, the entire Uncle Studios team is also carbon neutral through Carbon Neutral Club.