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How To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Returns

According to statistics the number of packages returned in the United States alone were estimated 1.75 million every day on National Returns Week.

Every single day during the shopping season i.e., November and December, millions of return packages are picked up through major courier service companies, and these numbers keep increasing year after year.

Environmental Impact of Returned Items

Leaves a trail of emission

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Each returned item leaves a trail of emissions from various planes, trains and trucks that carry it back to the seller.

While it’s not possible completely eliminate carbon emission caused by the return of orders, it can be reduced to a great extent if both brands and customers are willing to take responsibility.

Assume if 20 people return products they could cause carbon emission and energy consumption equivalent to 40 people due to back-and-forth shipping. Now imagine how much damage is caused by millions of packages that are sent back each day in united states alone.

Return goods end up in landfills

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The items that have been sent back have to go somewhere so the one that are discarded end up in landfills contributing to millions of pounds of waste. Even if something was received in good condition by the customer may not necessarily be the same after it’s returned especially smaller items such as tshirts. Retailers realize that it’s not cost-effective to repair and sell again so it ends up being dumped.

What you as a customer can do to reduce the environmental impact?

Find the right fit

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A considerable percentage of customers buy different sizes of the same item and return what doesn’t fit. This can easily be avoided if the customer is confident that whatever they’re ordering will fit right.

To tackle this issue, we’ve added convenient and easy to understand size on each of our product page, our size charts correspond with the actual jacket size so you can order according to it with confidence.

By referring to the chart and selecting the correct size you not only contribute towards sustainability but also save yourself from the hassle of sending it back.

Buy higher quality items built to last

To get the best value from your purchases, think about how you use an item. Durable goods last longer and retain their value. When you want to replace something, buy higher-quality items made from durable materials. Long-lasting products that can be repurchased or resold which eliminates the biggest factor that is wastage.

Buy versatile, staple clothing items

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Theoretically, when you buy versatile items, you invest in fewer, better things. But these well-designed staples often come in neutral shades, so instead of transforming your wardrobe they blend in seamlessly with what you already own, making them ideal for people who don't like to think too hard about their clothing. These items also tend not to go out of style—making this investment even more practical over time.

Purchase from sustainable brands

In recent years, consumers have started to shift away from cheap fashion and more towards ‘responsible’ or ‘sustainable’ clothing options. It’s now a real alternative for both retailers and customers

Responsible fashion includes brands that create and produce clothing in a sustainable way and look to improve and change the industry in which they operate, FJackets is one such example.

FJackets Promise as a Responsible Fashion Brand

Each one of us has the power to positively or negatively impact our world. We believe that what we wear can be a very powerful means of sending a message. That is why at Fjackets, we hope to inspire people to make environmentally conscious fashion choices. We can all lead the fashion industry towards a more sustainable path.

Sustainable fashion is a commitment from both consumers and brands, here is how we play our part.

Long Lasting Products

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Keeping the lifespan of fashion products as long as possible is one of our goals as an environmentally friendly clothing company such as FJackets, firstly we produce high quality real leather jackets that last several years. Secondly, we’ve been trying to find ways to extend fashion items' life as long as possible by making sure our customers know how to take care and maintain their items.

Waste Consideration

Our leather is the byproduct of local farming, which means the cattle were not raised explicitly to create leather products. In fact, it’s sustainable because it’s waste-preventative and resourceful. If the hide is not used, it’s typically just thrown out or burned, which is a big no for the environment. Learn more about our practices here.

Sustainable Supply Chain

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Ever since we launched, we have been committed to eliminating all costs that are not directly related to bringing the highest quality jacket directly to you. We started our business by cutting out the middleman and working with which was able to create a high-quality sustainable product for a price you could actually afford.