Besides making you happy with our retro collections, it’s also important to us that our collections are produced in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Of course, it’s an ongoing process (there is still a long way to go ) but it’s definitely something that we focus on in our day-to-day work!
A gift for the environment
In 2021 we will continue our efforts to work more sustainably. Therefore we have made a decision to stop including special TopVintage goodies in our parcels. Even though these have always been a fun little treat that came with your new purchase, the production and the materials used (like plastic) place an unnecessary burden on the environment, among other things. In any case, we hope that we can still make you happy with the collection itself. We will still occasionally surprise you by adding a fun goodie to your parcel for special occasions. But goodies will no longer be included with every order. And that makes it even more special.
100% recycled plastic
Our smaller parcels (such as our letterbox-compatible ones) will be shipped in our fabulous new mailing bags. The most appropriate size of packaging will be determined for each order.
This way no space will be wasted and more parcels can be included in each delivery. Did you know that these mailing bags are also made from recycled plastic? This packaging also weighs less than cardboard boxes which helps to reduce CO2-emissions. Of course, we hope that you are completely satisfied with your purchase! In case you’re not, the mailing bag features a handy adhesive strip so it can also be used to return your order. If you don’t need the bag anymore, you can throw it out with the plastic waste so it can be recycled.
FSC-Certified TopVintage boxes
Yay! It’s a lovely feeling when the delivery guy or girl brings your favourite parcel to your door. But did you know that your favourite items are delivered in a parcel made from responsibly sourced materials? Our cardboard boxes are made from paper products that originate from an FSC-certified forest. You can tell by the FSC label on the box.
Looking after our forests and managing them in a
responsible way, ensures that we can continue using wood and paper forever and
of course we are happy to support this.
What is the FSC and what does it do?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that promotes the conservation and sustainable management of forests worldwide. According to the FSC sustainable forest management means environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
The FSC sets transparent standards, which is one of the reasons why the FSC is supported by all the major environmental and development organisations. The FSC uses independent certifiers for the certification of companies.
If demand for FSC-certified products increases, so will the hectares of forest worldwide that will be managed according to FSC standards. This will also benefit an ever-growing number of forest-dependent people and animals!
Sustainability is key
We mainly sell collections that are manufactured by or for other brands. This means that we don’t have direct insight into (and this also means no direct influence on) their (production) chain.
However, we do believe that as a retro boutique we can have a positive impact on improving the sustainability of our collections. By increasingly working with brands that improve sustainability, we help our customers make better informed choices.
How is this reflected in our collections?
Shopping is always fun. But it’s even more fun if the products you buy are manufactured with care for people and our planet. This means that the material used in the process also matters. To make things easier for you, all the sustainable items in our collection feature a Sustainable Fashion tag. Want to know more about a specific item’s material or certification? You can find all the information in the item’s description under the heading ‘care and product details’.
The materials covered by our Sustainable Fashion tag are:
Tencel or lyocell
Tencel is a brand name for a type of lyocell produced by the Austrian company that first marketed lyocell. It’s made from wood chips and considered one of the most eco-friendly materials. This material has the luxurious look of silk, is just as strong as polyester and is even more absorbent than cotton.
Vegans will also find something to their liking in our collection; an ever-growing number of items is completely vegan, which means that they are made without any animal ingredients or byproducts.
Organic cotton is very similar to regular cotton. The difference? Organic cotton is grown without agricultural chemicals like pesticides.
Recycled polyester is made from non-biodegradable material and diverts (plastic) waste from landfills and oceans. The quality is very similar to new polyester, but its production uses 59% less energy.
The wool used in these items comes from sheep and is mulesing-free. Mulesing is a painful procedure that involves the cutting of strips of skin from around the breech of a sheep. The new skin is smoother with less folds and crevices where urine and faeces can settle, this keeps the wool cleaner but it’s an extremely cruel practise. It’s important to us that any wool used is mulesing-free because we love it when sheep are treated well.
PETA works on the establishment and protection of animal rights. This animal rights organisation is focused on animal welfare and animal protection and therefore opposes animal experiments, livestock industry, the consumption of animals and animal-derived ingredients, hunting as well as the use of animal products in clothing.
The mission of the Fair Wear Foundation is to improve the working conditions of people who work in the garment industry. A brand or store can become a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and this means that they have to strive to improve the working conditions in the factories where they manufacture or buy their clothes. To help them achieve these goals, the FWF has a Code of Labour Practises. This code lists the rules that factories and companies need to abide by as well as the consequences of non-compliance.
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles. It means that every thread, button and other accessories are tested for harmful substances.
GOTS is short for Global Organic Textile Standard and it is the best-known internationally recognized organic clothing and textile standard. This encompasses the organic status of raw materials as well as environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing.