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Eco-responsible materials for packagings: an action for the environment!

It is not easy easy to find your way through all the materials and textile fibers on the market. If you wish to take an eco-friendly approach, Les Etuis Mirault recommend environmentally responsible materials. But what exactly is an eco-responsible material and what textile fibers are included? Les Etuis Mirault tell you all about these ecological materials.

As a company specialized in the creation of packagings, our goal is to offer you a material in harmony with your brand identity. At a time when ecology is at the center of attention, choosing eco-friendly materials is to give a positive image of your brand to your customers. Eco-responsible drawstring pouches, recycled tote bags, upcycled zipper-pouches… think about it!

What is an eco-responsible material?

This designation is reserved for materials that have less impact on the environment throughout their lifespan. This means from the cultivation of the fiber, its transformation to its transport, its use and its recycling. An eco-responsible material is therefore a biological, natural or recycled material with a low impact on the environment.

Among the eco-responsible materials are biological materials. These are materials from organic farming which prohibits the use of synthetic products (pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides…) and genetically modified organisms.

Which eco-responsible materials do we use?

  • Organic cotton: it is cultivated with natural fertilizers, without pesticides, GMO seeds or artificial hormones. Its cultivation requires much less water than the conventional cotton production. Water savings are estimated at 90%. The main labels certifying « organic » textiles are: Ecocert, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Oeko-tex, Organic Fair Trade, Naturtextil, EU Ecolabel European Textile…
  • Linen: it requires little water, rainwater is in fact sufficient. And because it is a very resilient plant, the cultivation of linen requires neither fertilizer nor pesticides. It should be noted that France is the world leader in the production of linen, and the European leader in the production of hemp.
  • Hemp: It is without a doubt one of the most eco-friendly materials available. Its cultivation requires neither fertilizer nor watering. Hemp is very appreciated for its insulating and biodegradable qualities.
  • In terms of vegetal and vegan alternatives, we find materials made from grapes, pineapple leaves (Pinatex), materials made from mushrooms (Muskin), dried cactus, apple residues, eucalyptus fibers, wood cellulose… or even cork!
  • Seaqual fiber: this is a kind of eco-designed fibers made from recycled plastic waste from the ocean floor. For each pound of fiber produced, one pound of waste disappears from the oceans.
  • Recycled polyester: this last one, also known as RPET, is obtained from the recycling of water bottles and is rethreaded into a new woven or knitted fiber. Its qualities are similar to the “classic” polyester, it is quite resistant and high quality. RPET is recycled and indefinitely recyclable! Transforming our household waste is reducing the impact on the climate. The RPET can take the aspect of a cotton, a non-woven or a faux leather “Vegan leather”. Very popular for bags, clutch bags, zipper-pouches … It requires far fewer resources for its production than conventional cotton and polyester.
  • And many others: wool felt, coconut fiber…

Upcycling, our eco-responsible approach

The difference between recycling and upcycling is the design of the finished product. When you recycle, you destroy the material to rebuild it again. With upcycling, it is the opposite, we take an existing material to revalue it. No more fabric scraps in the garbage! Leave them to us and we will make beautiful zipper-pouches for your customers for your end of year gifts.

French handcrafted production to limit the impact of our travels

Our CSR approach is an integral part of the modernization of our industrial processes. Our ambition today is to be able to produce on a large scale while controlling manufacturing costs and pollution from the textile industry. 

Established in Neuilly Plaisance since 1869, we make your packaging according to your specifications while preserving the quality of handcrafted work. Producing in France means less transport and therefore a reduction of our carbon footprint!

Discover our packagings made from eco-responsible materials