Sustainability & Social impact

At Japana we care about the environment and our social impact as a business globally. This is why we are taking steps to become more sustainable. Take a look at some of our sustainability practices:

Quality

 

We say no to the trend of fast-fashion and create products that are made to last. We want our products to serve you and your family for generations to come. This is precisely why we focus on quality.

From our raw materials to selection of artisans we strive to create timeless, quality products so you can buy less and better. This means you won’t have to replace your tools every few months or years, which leads to less waste overall. 

Three sustainable materials

 

We focus on three sustainable materials: Metal, Stone and Wood. These three materials are extremely durable and it is this inherited durability and longevity that makes them sustainable. By selecting these quality and durable natural materials we prevent thousands of more disposable, low-quality ones from entering the environment.

What else makes these product sustainable? Firstly, metal is an extremely recyclable material. The metals we use: steel, copper and brass are 100% recyclable. Secondly, stone is a natural product of the Earth that has stood the test of time, it is strong, durable and recyclable. Lastly, wood is recyclable, durable and 100% biodegradable. There is also very little waste in the production of wooden products, and any waste is used by our craftsmen as an energy source.

Recycled polyester bags

 

We removed paper and plastic covers from all our linen products and switched to making RPET bags instead. 

RPET, also known as PET or PETE bottle fabric, is an eco-friendly fabric made by using the yarn of recycled plastic bottles. This eco-friendly 100% recycled yarn is what we use to make the bags of our linen products. 

To give you an idea, when compared to the production of virgin Polyester, this:

      • Reduces CO2 levels by over 4 tonnes
      • Saves 14 gallons of petroleum 
      • Saves over 14,000 gallons of water 

These bags were created with the intention of being reused by you for different purposes. That is why we decided to use a recyclable and durable material that you can keep and use as you please.

 

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Small batch production

 

In order to keep on top of the quality and longevity of our products we work on small batches. It allows the craftsmen we work with to give each product the adequate amount of time and attention it needs. It also allows us to consistently fine tune and adjust products to make each batch better for you. Small batches also means less waste, in terms of both material scraps and unsold products. 

We also work with local craftsmen where possible to reduce CO2. For example our knife boxes and wooden products are created locally in Europe instead of Asia to reduce our carbon footprint. Similarly, our craftsmen use locally sourced materials, to reduce our CO2 emissions.

Shipment & packaging

 

We are trying to be more responsible for the lifecycle of things we bring to the world. This is why we use uncoated paper and cardboard in our packaging to make it easier for recycling services to deal with it properly. 

We also completely redesigned our Sakai Kyuba and Sakai Kyuba Classic knife boxes to make them even more sustainable. Now, we no longer use plastic foam for the inside of the box. Like our RPET bags, these boxes are created with the intention of being used for different purposes once the knives are placed in your designated kitchen storage. You can reuse these boxes to store jewelry, tea bags, postcards, etc. 

Moreover, we are reusing cardboard boxes for our orders as much as possible. As well as opting for sea shipping instead of air shipping where feasible to produce less CO2.

 

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These are just the starting steps in our sustainability practices, with many more to come. Have any suggestions?