Our aim is to be as sustainable as possible. There are a lot of factors to take in to consideration; the materials used, the way the bags are produced (CO2 emissions, wasted materials/stock), by who they are made (working conditions, wages), how they are shipped and packed, and so on. We have high ambitions but we are not perfect yet! Let's go trough these one by one.
We have selected our materials carefully by looking for a balance of quality, style, and environmental impact. Working only with 100% vegan materials.
In our search for vegan leather that is both high in quality and low in environmental impact, we touched upon apple skin. An innovative material that is made from apple fibers that are leftover from the food processing industry. We love the concept of turning waste into high-quality new materials. The coloring process of the material is according to REACH regulations and Oekotex Standard100 certified, which means that the substances that are used are safe for the people that work with it and those who wear it. Also, essential for our products, it has a high-quality appeal and looks like leather. The material consists out of approximately 40% apple waste and 60% (recycled) PU.
Our lining is made from 80% recycled cotton and 20% organic cotton. The zippers are from YKK and all our hardware is produced in small quantities in Italy and is developed with an ecological finish.
Most of the materials we use are from a single region in Italy, both because of the good quality and to minimise transportation emissions.
The way we produce
We produce in Italy for 2 reasons; the quality is excellent so the bags have a longer life span. The second reason is that we found a producer there who is willing to go the extra mile to make sure all processes are as sustainable as possible.
Who made our bags
We went to Italy to meet the people who make our bags. It is amazing to see the pride and enthusiasm they put in their work. We did a health and safety check in their workplace to see if the work environment is safe. Whilst we didn't get full transparency on their wage structure to check compliance to living wage standards, the production within the EU ensures at least certain minimum wages are met.
Shipment and packaging
The boxes we use to ship the materials to our customers are made from 70% recycled cardboard and 30% regular cardboard. The cards that we use for a personal message are 100% recycled FSC. The stickers we use are 100% compostable. Your bag will arrive in a dustbag which is made with 100% recycled cotton.
Full disclosure, we yet have to find a fully sustainable shipment partner that is willing to work with the volumes of a starting business.
We will give you a bit more information about this apple skin we have talked about. Apple skin is produced in Italy. In 2018 they received the Technology and Innovation award. The material is 100% PETA-Aproved vegan and their aim is to be 100% circular so I am happy to support them along the way.
How is it made?
In the proces of making juice, there is a lot of pulp left which is usually thrown away. This pulp is dried and turned into powder. The powder is mixed with color pigments and binding material and spread out onto a canvas to become this leather like material.