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Our 2018 Resolutions

New Year, New Us

We outline our sustainable resolutions for the coming year.

 

2017 was a bit of a doozy – we had political upheaval we could never have dreamed of, climate change rampant and eye opening documentaries about the way we eat and consume being produced and watched to an extent that was somewhat horrifying.

 

As a result, we at Rêve En Vert wanted to let you guys know what we are doing behind the scenes in order to make our company, and our personal lifestyles, even more sustainable in 2018. It’s becoming more and more evident that it will be up to individuals to create change so we wanted to be at the forefront of this discussion with you guys.

 

Below are our top five resolutions for the New Year, we would love for you to get on board with us too!

Resolution 1: Get rid of plastic from our supply chains to the largest extent possible.

 

We are incredibly aware of the amount of plastic that is used in the fashion industry, from packaging small pieces of clothing in an individual bag to incorporating plastic into materials through fabrics like nylon and polyester. That is why we are spending 2018 looking at our designers who use these sorts of materials and assessing how best to cut out any pieces using those materials (unless they are recycled), and how we can move forward with them possibly cutting these materials out. We will also be working with them to try and figure out how we can ship items without plastic wrapping, or combining items to have less packaging. From Rêve En Vert, we already ship and will continue to ship our items in recycled and recyclable tissue paper and cardboard boxes.

 

Resolution 2: Zero waste whenever possible.

 

There is so much that is disposable in life now – everything from our coffee cups to our take-away lunches to fast fashion. The easiest way to combat most of these things is to say no, but also there are wonderful alternatives. For instance we created a Rêve En Vert Keep Cup that serves to be a re-usable and long-lasting option for your morning coffee. Same for plastic water bottles, we simply don’t need them with great companies like BKR and Swell which look so much cuter anyway. Say no to fast fashion, no matter what they say those business models are not sustainable and it’s unlikely the fashion you spend little consideration or money on will last you for a long period of time.

It's all about the fruit and veg.

Resolution 3: Go vegan during the week.

We are all starting to be more aware of the environmental impact of the food we eat, so this seems like one of the easiest and most impactful changes an individual can make. Even giving up one meat meal a week makes an impact, especially if you are cooking for a family. According to Time Magazine, “if your four-person family skips steak 1 day a week [for a year], it’s like taking your car off the road for almost 3 months.” Beef in particular produces twice the emissions of pork, four times as much as chicken, and 13 times that of vegetable protein such as beans, lentils, and tofu. That’s especially alarming since we waste so much meat — ultimately throwing away about 20% of what we produce — meaning that all that carbon was generated for nothing. If you can’t go vegan, just think about cutting back a bit – it will make a difference!

Resolution 4: Not being afraid of strong messaging.

 

As a company, we always want to do our best not to offend anyone or have opinions that alienate our customers. That being said, we all feel that the time for change and consumer empowerment is now and we really want to stand behind our morals this year. We do not want to shy away from debate, incite discussions and point out things that seem intrinsically wrong to us as an ethical company so we won’t be! Let’s get controversial shall we?

Resolution 5: Consider our carbon footprint at every step.

 

We already use UPS Carbon Neutral shipping for our logistics but we will be asking our designers to also sign up to the programme so we are all sending goods with the an immediate offset. We will also be donating more of our profits to Trees for the Future, which plants trees in developing countries that have suffered deforestation which also leads to a cleaner atmosphere and improved livelihoods. We switched our office to entirely solar energy last year and will continue to do so. We use Bulb Energy here if you are here in the U.K. and would like to look into them!

 

Finally, we will be switching to bicycle couriers in London for local deliveries ASAP, so very soon you will be getting your packages from a biker! We hope you enjoy the prospect of this as much as we do.