Materials. Packaging. Circular Supply Chain.
We love our furry friends, but did you know that the process of readying leather for the fashion industry is incredibly harmful to our environment? According to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index, tanning is the most toxic phase in leather processing, with 90 per cent of production using chromium tanning. Hides are doused in drums of water, chromium salts and tanning liquor to stop them from decomposing. It produces a slush of chemicals and gases, including carcinogenic chromium (IV), all of which are toxic to our environment.
According to the Higg Material Sustainability Index, Pink is the measure for Global Warming, as defined by how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere. Yellow is the Eutrophication Measure, measuring runoff from the land in the production of the material. Green measures Water Scarcity, which most notably, raising cattle and livestock contributes to a great amount of freshwater usage.
Blue measures Fossil Fuels and Abiotic Source Depletion, majority of which comes from the chemicals that are used to tan the leather and the extensive tanning process.
The Higg Materials Sustainability Index, which measures impact up to the point of fabrication, gives most leathers an impact of 159 (compared with 44 for polyester and 98 for cotton), due to its high contribution to global warming and water use and pollution. PU leather has a total impact score of 32.3, which is significantly lower than genuine leather and polyester.
We custom engineer our own vegan leather to create a blend that is unique to our brand so that it is eco-friendly, REACH-compliant, and does not contain organic pollutants, plasticizers, and formaldehyde.
From the beginning and forevermore, we've partnered with the Eco Packaging Alliance to ensure that all of our packaging can be composted both at home and commercially. Our compostable mailers are made from a combination of PBAT, a bio based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials such as regular ﬁeld corn and wheat straw.
Our use of PLA makes up barely 0.05% of the annual global corn crop, making it an incredibly low-impact resource. After degradation, our bags don't leave harmful residues behind.
Preventing landfill waste through PRISMRecycles.
We prevent our bags from being a part of that statistic by implementing a circular supply chain to prevent landfill waste. Ready to retire your bag? We'll give you 15% off your next purchase and donate your bag to a woman in need.