Great intentions but a HARD lesson learned.
This year we set a goal to minimize our plastic usage and fashion waste. The first step to that: trade our plastic packing to something earth friendly, non-toxic, and compostable. We did our research and found something that fit our needs and goals. We soon found out, it wasn’t the best option for us.
Here’s a little glimpse of our process:
1) Our new designs are sent to our manufacture.
2) Once our collection has been created, they are package individually before being sent to our office. (Having the suits packaged individually with our manufacturer makes it easier for us to ship and send out to our customers.)
3) Collection is received and then distributed.
Of course there is a lot more behind the scenes going on in between these three steps. The timeline can also vary depending on how big the collection is or how busy our friends are in the warehouse.
Here’s where these bags turn around and bite us in the rear! We got a dm from a friend who had recently placed an order with us. Thanks babe, you know who you are 😉. She mentioned that upon opening her purchase she noticed slight discoloring on the suits. I was a little shocked to hear that she received something with a defect on them and how odd it was that both her purchases had a defect. The suits were quickly replaced of course! Our team in the warehouse is very good at quality control and to hear that our customer had not just one but two items with a defect was surprising. Before approaching the team I decided to do a quick quality control check myself. Opened all the bags and to my dismay, they were all damaged! Every single suit that was packaged with our new compostable bags were damaged. The horror! A complete nightmare!
I truly thought that switching our bags to reduce our plastic waste was one of the best decisions I’ve made for Kainani Swimwear. It’s not that these bags were a bad idea. These bags were a great way to help us meet our goal and save Mother Earth. These bags are so good they had started to biodegrade and fast! Too quick in fact the suits were reacting adversely to this biodegradable material, causing them to change color. The strange thing I find about this whole process is that only the print side (inside) of our suits were slightly discolored. The process didn’t affect our beautiful periwinkle color. I definitely have more research to do.
So here I am, with a new collection... damaged. A big mistake on my part but a lesson learned ( a hard lesson). Although this incident has dampened my spirit, I’m still determined to find a great solution to reach our goals and values of Kainani Swimwear.
These babies will be going under a special tab “damaged” for a special price. Since now you know the back story of these babes, you’ll own a piece of our process of trying to save Mama Earth.