Zero waste

Reduce garbage from a long-term perspective

Transforming society as a whole through the awareness and actions of each worker

At a time of transition to a sustainable social and economic system, we, as a supply chain, must consider sustainable ways of living, preserving the global environment, and the state of business and social systems in our connections with other companies and local communities. We believe that this is a valuable step that will contribute to the sustainable development of businesses, sustainable local communities, and the creation of a circular economy.
At yinyang, we aim to achieve zero waste by not emitting harmful substances, not causing air pollution, and not wasting resources, while also focusing on local, low cost, and low impact (localism), low cost, and low impact. Based on the basic ideas of low environmental impact (low environmental impact) and low technology (not relying on advanced technology), each and every staff member is consciously working toward zero waste throughout the supply chain.

The annual domestic supply of clothing is approximately 2.9 billion items. In contrast, the consumption quantity is estimated to be approximately 1.4 billion items, and most of the remaining approximately 1.5 billion items are subject to incineration as surplus inventory. Globally, the fashion industry dumps approximately 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean every year, accounting for 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions each year, and is expected to rise to 50% by 2030. It is predicted.

It is necessary to solve each of these issues from multiple angles. There are a wide range of solutions, including reducing the amount of clothing that is incinerated, reducing the amount of water used in production and water pollution, and controlling soil pollution caused by the use of pesticides. We are thinking of a system to distribute while reducing the amount of waste.

Initiatives during manufacturing

Use of natural materials

We aim to suppress soil pollution by using organic cotton and hemp materials that have a low environmental impact.

natural dyeing

By using plant-based dyes instead of chemicals, we aim to reduce water pollution.

Use of recycled materials

By producing using plastic and recycled materials derived from plants, we are suppressing the depletion of resources.

Initiatives in transportation

Abolition of plastic bags

We have eliminated the individual packaging of plastic bags when shipped from the sewing factory, and the products are delivered wrapped in leftover fabric.

Shipping in reusable materials

We use shipping boxes and recycled boxes for shipping to business partners.

Use of plant-based bags

When shipping our online shop, we use bags made from cassava (the raw material for tapioca), which can be returned to the soil.

Initiatives at the office

Segmentation of garbage

We have consolidated office trash cans into one location and divided trash into six types.

Reducing waste during meals

We encourage staff to bring their own lunch boxes and bottles, and we are working on creating a vegetable garden using compost.

Recommendation for digitalization

We are proceeding with the digitization of documents and materials for stores and business partners, as well as staff business cards.

Initiatives at stores

simple store design

We strive to design stores that utilize natural materials and recycled fixtures.

Elimination of excessive packaging

We have abolished shopping bags, shop cards, and flyers, and are selling detergent and other items by weight.

Lifestyle suggestions

We are registering for the water supply spot mymizu and holding regular plastic-free naked markets.

Zero waste certification items

During shipping, we reduce waste by using reusable materials and simpler packaging.

We are collaborating with our suppliers to eliminate individual packaging when purchasing. After import, when purchasing from an inspection company, the product is wrapped in cloth, making it possible to use packaging that can be reused. When selling on consignment, we use reusable trunks to minimize packaging when shipping to customers.

The store incorporates unused resources that would otherwise become garbage if left unused, as well as materials that can be repaired and recycled.

The vacant property has been renovated into a store, making maximum use of the fittings and old materials that were originally in the property. We make sure to use equipment that is easy to repair, maintain, and recycle, such as racks that are easy to remove and tables that can be assembled.

Zero Waste Japan General Incorporated Association

In addition to the conventional "no waste" model centered on recycling, the government aims to make a "no waste" model (circular production, distribution, sales model, and product design for that purpose) a global standard.・Create opportunities to practice "zero waste" together with stakeholders in both the private sector and the private sector. We support local governments, regions, and companies in converting to waste reduction and resource recycling systems.

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