Sustainability is at the center of ARO.
ARO Swim has partnered with an incredible packaging company to bring our customers compostable packaging! Our compostable packaging is created from a combination of PBAT, a bio based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials such as regular field corn and wheat straw. The use of PLA makes up barely 0.05% of the annual global corn crop, making it na incredibly low-impact resource. The compostable mailer composts in 6 months (180 days) and is certified for both home and commercial compost.
It is ARO's commitment to not only help our community but our world and the environment as a whole to continue to expand and explore new and ever changing methods of protecting our earth from the destruction of pollution.
Our manufacturing team's mission is to find ways to create programs that reduce the waste of the factory and to have a positive impact on our environment. Our manufacturing partner also strives to educate and provide solutions to our employees in order to create lifestyles that promote environmental health and sustainability.
In 2018, our manufacturing partner's mission was to take on the simple task of educating and implementing a recycling program amongst their employees. They enlisted the help of a local NGO, Eco Bali. They provide basic training and education to their employees and the proper waste management and recycling within their household and the factory. They then extended the program to also help our factory in the reduction and proper recycling of all plastic, glass, paper, and aluminum products with the distribution of recycling bins loaded throughout the factory. In a country like Indonesia this was no small feat.
Our manufacturing partner saw that their employees were bringing in their own water bottles to work and slowly began to understand the importance of recycling within their families and villages. Also in 2018, our manufacturing partner saw their first plastic ban in Indonesia, which meant there were no longer offerings of plastic bags at the markets and stores and the government's first nationwide education on the importance of reducing-reusing-recycling.
With our manufacturing partner's team learning and adapting to the reduce-reuse-recycle program, they began to look at the impact of their fabric outcast and started to address the issue of, where these bits and pieces were going once they were hauled away. The answer was simple, landfills. This began our manufacturing partner's mission to find a solution to eliminate the disposal of these off-cuts. They made shopping bags to be used in the markets and distributed them to their staff and families, further education them on the importance of eliminating plastic bags for shopping. Our manufacturing partner's also made and donated hair ties from smaller cuts, and also donated to other local businesses who epicycle them for packaging and bags.
We use both up-cycled and recycled materials when creating our pieces. Our up-cycled fabrics are taken from dead stock, which is unused fabric from other companies. By using dead stock we are reducing textile waste and reducing our carbon footprint that would have been expended in the production of new materials. Our recycled fabrics are created using a blend of majority recycled fibers. These textiles are only created when dead stock does not meet the companies needs for order quantity or quality.