What Exactly Makes BUHO Sustainable

Kira Cook

Maybe you found your way here because you heard that BUHO is a site for sustainably-minded fashion-lovers. Or maybe you found us because you’re really trying to commit to a new zero-waste lifestyle. Our commitment to an eco-conscious approach to fashion is evident, but we thought we’d do a primer on precisely what practices we use to make sure BUHO is the first truly sustainable fashion platform.

Because we’re not just a site of buzz-words. We’re serious about sustainability. Here’s how.

Sustainable How?

Each item on BUHO’s platform is one or (usually) more of the following, which are illustrated by symbols to make it easier to shop by what values are most important to you:

  • Handmade
  • Fair Trade
  • Vegan
  • Vintage
  • Locally Made
  • Ethically Made
  • Sustainability (natural plant dyes, certified organic cottons, etc.).

To shop by Vegan for example,  select the “Vegan” icon and  you'll have access to all of the certified vegan clothing and homewares available on our site.

We spent weeks of diligent research to make sure each manufacturer we have on our site pays fair wages to their employees and uses natural (read: non-synthetic, non-toxic) materials. Shopping sustainably takes a lot of research, so we did all of the work for you. Tada! A trusted shopping experience where you can rest assured knowing that what you're buying isn't contributing to climate change.

Recycle, Reward, Repeat

Maybe you’re purging your closet to make room for stuff you really love, or maybe you’re getting rid of clothing that no longer fits. Instead of throwing these items away (less than 1% of clothing is recycled), give them a new life as a charitable gift or upcycled via a textile program via our donation program.

Environmental engineer measuring air pollution on the municipal landfill.

Our Recycle, Reward, and Repeat initiative is like a philanthropic, no-waste carousel of clothing. When we ship your purchase to you, we include a pre-paid return label for you to re-pack the compostable packaging and send your unwanted clothing back to us to upcycle, recycle, or donate. As an added bonus, you get a $10 off code for your next $50 purchase.

Packaging

All our packaging is entirely compostable. We've partnered with A Better Packaging Co to offer our consumers home compostable packaging solutions. Everything from the comPost packs, labels and ink can go straight into a compost bin.

BUHO also exclusively uses carbon neutral shipping partners. What does that mean? All of the carbon used to deliver your order is offset by environmental groups who are dedicated to removing that carbon from the atmosphere.

For those fragile items that won't fit in a compostable bag, we use foam that disintegrates under water and pack it in recycled cardboard boxes. So not only can you rest assured you're buying things that are good for the planet, you also don't have to worry about your purchase contributing to another pile of Styrofoam packing peanuts in a landfill.

Tags

One other (rather delightful) element? Our clothing tags are plantable seed tags. Remove from clothing, place in your garden, water, and the following season you’ll have some wildflowers, thanks to your favorite new jumpsuit.

Vintage

Vintage clothing is a crucial corner of where fashion meets sustainability. We’ll always need new clothing (especially undergarments), but wearing and recycling vintage clothing is paramount to the values of a sustainable engagement with fashion.

Vintage Clothing

Luckily, there’s nothing like the singular aspect to a vintage item – oft imitated, never duplicated. What is more special than being the unique keeper of a vintage item? Well-made and sturdy enough pieces that have lasted the test of time and wear. Not to mention the never-ending cycle of trends. The good stuff always comes back again. For these reasons (and our love for vintage hunting), our vintage department was always core to our business from the start. We'll continue to add more brands and expand our reach, so let us know what you're looking for and we'll help you find it. Be on the lookout for weekly new arrivals and vintage drops as well.