- We do our best to minimize plastics and mixed-material packaging in our operations because they are often hard for our customers to recycle. We ship most of our packages in brown Kraft paper envelopes with paper labels for easy recycling. Please place your mailing envelopes in the paper or single-stream recycling when finished! If there's a metal tab, remove it and place it in the aluminum recycling or trash. In the event that recycling is completely unavailable, brown Kraft paper is also compostable and biodegradable, while plastic is not.
- Our gift wrap is made from brown Kraft paper, hand-stamped with non-toxic ink. Regular wrapping paper is often not recyclable, but you may place our brown Kraft paper wrapping paper in the paper or single-stream recycling! It is also reusable, compostable, and biodegradable. The pink and white decorative twine is 100% cotton and therefore reusable, biodegradable, and compostable, unlike conventional plastic curling ribbons and bows.
- The tricot used in our pole and swimwear is Vita by Carvico. Vita is a high performance swim fabric made with Econyl, an advanced polymer fiber made from recycled fishing nets. Although no recycled tricot is 100% sustainable due to the new elastane content required to give it stretch, we prefer Econyl because its parent company, Aquafil, puts their backing behind sustainable and environmental impact reduction causes.
- Our cotton garments are made from 100% organic cotton, grown in Texas, then spun, knit, and dyed all within 150 miles of Asheville, NC by Spiritex Organic Fabrics. Unlike synthetic fibers used to make stretchy garments, cotton is biodegradable. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, and when combined with natural irrigation processes, it leaves a much smaller impact on the environment. Localized manufacturing means fewer fossil fuels used in materials transport. Additionally, sustainable practices, ethical manufacturing, and social equality are all pillars of the Spiritex business model and in line with the Tasty Treat sustainability mission.
- The modal jersey we use is Tencel by Lenzing. While many companies are touting "organic" and "renewably sourced" when they describe their bamboo and rayon materials, it doesn't mean that they are as environmentally-friendly when it comes to their production process, which can involve generating harmful chemical waste. We specifically support Lenzing because they have gone the extra mile to refine their production process to reclaim used chemicals and to source their energy from renewable energy sources.
- Our sequins are specifically recycled PET because conventionally produced sequins are incredibly wasteful to produce, and a generally a waste of new plastic! Ours are sourced from the Sustainable Sequin Company, an independent, woman-owned business based out of the UK, and a pioneer in sustainable fashion. Please check out their Instagram, read up on Rachel's incredible thesis project of developing dissolving garment-transforming sequins, and support her business!
- We source bulk deadstock elastic from local supplier North East Knitting, scratch-and-ding notions, and fabric remnants from local suppliers for some of our limited edition items. This gives new life to materials that would otherwise become waste. Although it is not always possible to find the sustainable versions of the specific notions we need to create our garments, we strive to strike a balance between sourcing something that is environmentally-friendly yet still maintains the Tasty Treat standard of quality.