Creating A Brighter, Happier, & Cleaner World One Wrist At A Time.
At ZOX, we're committed to a cleaner future for all.
Here's how we're doing that:
100% rPET Polyester
Our proprietary, buttery-soft elastic is now made with 100% rPET polyester. That means 100% of our synthetic materials are coming from recycled waste that we all create. Each ZOX wristband contains roughly the same amount of plastic as a 8oz disposable water bottle.
One of the biggest issues the planet faces today is a massive overproduction of plastics. Because they're so easy and cheap to make, most businesses opt to create new plastics instead of recycling what we already have. Unfortunately, that's led to some pretty terrible statistics for the planet:
- Only around 8% of plastics are ever recycled even once globally.
- China has long been the worlds recycling hub. However, due to lack of demand for recycled plastics, they're no longer accepting the worlds plastic waste. That's led to many areas in America discontinuing recycling behind the scenes by sending plastics to landfills or to incinerators to be burned for energy.
- Plastics in landfills will take around 1,000 years to decompose. While they decompose, micro-plastics leak into our water supplies and are consumed by humans, wildlife, and more. Their side effects still aren't widely known, but micro-plastics can now be found in human organs thanks to a new method discovered earlier this year.
- At our current rate as a planet, by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish. To tackle this problem head on, we'll be moving to plastic recovered from the ocean by the end of this year instead of standard recycled plastics.
By partnering with Repreve, we've removed all first-use plastics in our elastic and packaging. This has been our biggest step to date in becoming zero-waste. We're always looking to improve further, so this definitely isn't the end of our efforts.
While it's impossible for us as a business to remove all fossil fuel usage from our supply chains to our delivery, we can fund carbon off-sets. Carbon offsets are done by us funding grants that are then passed on to areas that can drastically reduce their carbon emissions through clean energy and more energy efficient processes. By funding projects that reduce carbon output elsewhere, we're able to fully offset and CO2 from production to delivery.
On top of our purchased carbon offsets, our payment provider, Shopify(ShopPay), will offset your delivery emissions when you pay with ShopPay by planting and protecting trees in the Amazon.
With what we have in place, our net carbon emissions should be actually drastically negative. We still haven't had a 3rd party come in to validate this, but based on their calculations, we're likely offsetting around 50% more greenhouse gasses than we create. :)
In the past, the ZOX Collectors cards have been made from plastic. A few months ago, we transitioned all collectors cards to Bio-PVC. This new material can be tossed in the trash and once in the landfill, it will break down over 3-5 years compared to normal plastics taking an estimated 900+ years. Even in the ocean, it should break down in less than a decade without any harmful effects on the environment.
100% rPET Packaging
Our clear plastic ZOX sleeves have been made from 100% rPET for a few years now. Our standard bags are made with zippers (despite your likely confusion the first time you ordered) so they can be kept and reused until you're ready to recycle them.
It's never over.
The battle for a clean planet is one that will never be over. It will only happen from a group collective of businesses and consumers changing our purchasing habits to support a healthier planet. We're focused on being a change for the better in every way possible, and sustainability is the biggest way we can impact everyone in a meaningful way worldwide.