Emergent Designs recently won a local business plan competition sponsored by investors and UC Davis. OK...so we didn't win first place, but we walked away with the People's Choice Award, amazing gratification, and huge smiles -- which is perhaps the best award of all. The hundreds of people in the audience voted Emergent Designs the business they'd most like to invest in because they see that we are changing the way people commute and enjoy being outdoors, regardless of the weather.
We think it's pretty wonderful.
We are grateful to those who made this possible, especially our loyal customers who think that what we're doing, how we're doing it, and the products we make are not only cool, but see that each skirt helps build the communities and world we want to live in.
As of January 2009, our adult garments will be made from 100% recycled, recyclable materials. We will post more details about these sustainable fabrics in the weeks to come.
During the development phase of our business, we worried about what impact our products would have on the environment. Sure, we comforted our souls with the idea that we were doing all we could to be green by promoting a more sustainable paradigm—promoting public transit, using surplus fabric from other companies to make our skirts, shipping without extra packaging, and making durable products—but that was never enough.
We wanted to do better, and knew it was possible.
Emergent Designs strives to make products which are as green as possible. However, shipping could easily void any gains made if done without an eye toward sustainability.
After much thought and research, we decided we will ship our products in Tyvek envelopes. The envelopes are made of a recycled material, are recyclable, and are tear and water resistant. After considering virgin and recycled cardboard, we finally realized that volume matters as much as material.
What?! How could shipping something in a plastic envelope be more ecologically sound than shipping it in a tree-based package? It seems counter-intuitive.