At John Smedley we make a conscious effort to ensure that all of our operations are as environmentally friendly as possible – whilst maintaining our compulsory demands for high quality and providing the highest possible levels of functionality. This is the case right down to the small details and our recyclable packaging is just one element of this.

Not only does it make John Smedley’s operations more environmentally friendly but logistically, for our valued customers, it makes it easier to dispose of our packaging, knowing that it is 100% recyclable.

This helps to establish a complete John Smedley shopping experience.

Our bags that are used in all London and Japanese stores are easily recognised for their classic design that demonstrate John Smedley’s elegance and prestigious place in British fashion.

Someone that carries one of our retail bags knows that we value high quality and classic design. But they may not know that we also hugely value the impact that we have on the environment and the measures that we take to reduce this. The bag that they are carrying is carefully crafted from a blend of card and paper – which is 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable.

Web Retail Packaging

When a garment is purchased from our web store it is wrapped and packed to the same high quality standard as it would be in one of our London stores. However due to the logistical differences of delivery it is necessary to dispatch the garment in a John Smedley package. To ensure that our sustainability value is mirrored throughout our operations, our delivery boxes are made from card which is 100% biodegradable and can be recycled in your natural waste bin at home. In the unlikely event of any returns the garment can simply be returned in the same John Smedley package, thanks to the durability and quality of our boxes making the multiple use items as well.

Gift Bags

We understand that our customers often buy our luxurious garments for themselves but also as gifts for others, and we want to ensure that we provide the ultimate gifting experience whilst staying true to our principals of sustainability. That is why in 2014 we removed the use of plastic gift bags from our ranges and replaced them with a fully recyclable paper bag in a variety of colours ensuring the most ethical gifting experience.

Tissue Paper

When our garments are dispatched to our customers in-store and online we feel it is imperative that they are presented in the most exclusive manner, to complete the John Smedley shopping experience. Every garment, from our men’s accessories to our women’s sweaters, is wrapped and presented with our tissue paper carefully folded in the centre. This helps bring the product to life and present it in a way that befits its style and elegance. Naturally all of the tissue paper that we use is 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable.

Garment Bags

As our garments are produced, packed and stored they are currently done so within a plastic garment bag to ensure they reach our customers worldwide in the best condition, and whilst we have a significant desire to remove all plastics from our packaging, we are still currently exploring how we can manage this for this specific piece of our packaging. Rest assured that this is something we have big plans to remove in the future and until that point we have ensured that all plastics used in our garment bags are 100% biodegradable and we’ve recently added this information to all of our garment bags to ensure our customers are aware of this.

Future Plans

In 2019 we are developing some major plans for the future of our packaging to ensure that not only is it all ethically sourced and sustainably produced, but that we can actively use our packaging as a way to better manage our own waste as a company.

This process will involve the recycling of our paper and cotton waste and the use of these materials to create new packaging, creating a cycle of recycling that minimizing our imprint on the environment and maximizing the usability of our products and packaging.

We are also currently testing more ethical plastics in the hope to replace our last piece of plastic in our packaging concept with a naturally sourced alternative.