RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

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United Nation Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Our sustainability strategy is driven by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal12: Responsible Consumption and Production, motivating us profoundly to set the highest standards across our supply chain.
This initiative supports our efforts to reduce the potential negative environmental impacts of our business and enhance our practices to implement social and environmental benefits.
We commit to source responsibly all materials used in the production of our products, including innovative and unique sustainable materials as a result of technological advancements and continuous research.
We continue to assess all our suppliers for adherence to our sustainability standards.
  Although we are fully committed to achieving our sustainability goals for each of our products, we also recognise this takes time, and we need to set realistic targets to encourage and support progress and improvements. With every new collection, we get closer to achieving our dream to be fully sustainable and improve our goals.
Each of our products is the evidence of our hard work, listed with our sustainable attributes, providing our customers clear and transparent information of what we have accomplished.

  

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH OUR LEATHER PARTNER

 

Sustainable Leather

 

1. Transparency and Traceability within the Supply Chain

 

Gold Rated and Deforestation-Free Leather

Gold Rated and Deforestation-Free

 

Our leather is a by-product of the meat industry and sourced from our partner tannery in Italy, gold-rated by The Leather Working Group, offering traceability of the European skins and assurances the leather hasn’t contributed to deforestation.
 The great majority of their hides are sourced from European breeders. This is intended to support breeders who guarantee a better welfare of the animals and help a better traceability of the raw material.

 

Our partner supplier’s active supply chain monitoring can access;
Complete traceability from slaughterhouse or raw hides collector to finished leather
Monitoring of animal welfare legislation in EU and member states
Raw hides supply chain mapping going back to the slaughterhouse
Systematic auditing of their main raw hides suppliers

 

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare
Europe is at the forefront in the implementation of true traceability and control of animal welfare. The industries involved drew up a best practice guide for animal protection on the farm, in transit and at the abattoir.
Our supplier’s hides are sourced only within certain European countries, ensuring the hides live up to the European Union’s animal welfare standards. 

 

 

2- Environmental Performance

 

The key focus areas:
The EU leather industry, where we source our leather from, has continually improved its procedures and its innovation to be more sustainable and responsible: purifying and reducing water consumption, filtering emissions and protecting the air, reducing and reusing waste, and improving energy efficiency.

 

Responsible Water Consumption
Responsible Water Consumption
Our partner tannery uses less water and adheres to the standards in the "Best Available Techniques” document set by the European Union for the leather industry on minimising water consumption: 22 m3 water / ton of raw hides.  
High Water Purification Efficiency
The used waters undergo purification treatments at a central water conditioning plant where pollutants are reduced to values that do not entail risks for the environment.
The purification efficiency of water discharged and sent to the purification plant is 97-99%.
   
Emissions in Atmosphere
Emissions in Atmosphere 
Strictly comply with applicable laws, conventions and regulations. 

 Our partner tannery periodically monitors emissions as set forth by law, with checks carried out by an external accredited laboratory. The tests carried out on the chimneys and the solvent declarations are sent to Vicenza Province in Italy every year. 

 

Waste Reduction / Recovery

Waste Reduction / Recovery
90% from waste sent for recycling.
During waste management there are no spills or contamination of the environment. 

 

Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency

All electricity comes from renewable sources.

Continually improve energy management, seek new energy-efficient technologies, reducing energy waste and improving current processes to cut energy costs via the energy management system ISO 50001 that is currently being implemented.

 Chemicals Consumption Reduction

Chemicals Consumption Reduction
Our partner tannery processes leather only from the slaughter of cattle for the production of meat for human consumption. Processing leathers from raw hides allows them to control all of the processing stages and chemical products used, as a further guarantee of quality and health of our customers and the environment.
Applying the Best Available Techniques (BAT), ensuring the emissions of the volatile organic compounds are complying with the limits imposed by the EU.

 

 

Responsible Italian leather

 

3-Certifications

 

 Our partner tannery is adopting the best environmental and social certification schemes for transparency, responsibility and credibility. Certifications are a tool for constantly monitoring the environmental impact and gradually improving the performance towards the environment. 

 

Product Certifications:

 

Blue Angel Ecolabel

Blue Angel Ecolabel
(RAL UZ 148) 
Our partner tannery is certified “Blue Angel” Ecolabel, as a result of having tested for harmful substances and guaranteeing respect of high environmental standards, stricter than the law requirements, low consumption of natural resources, and high air quality in residential environments thanks to the substantial absence of harmful chemicals in the leather.

Requirements of “Blue Angel” are established by German Environment Minister and verified by RAL (German Technical Body that manages the certification).

  

Leather from Italy Full Cycle

Leather from Italy Full Cycle
(UNI EN 16484)
The leather production chain is entirely in Italy, from raw hide to the finished leather, and accompanied by “Leather from Italy Full Cycle” certification, enabling the monitoring of the complete process and complete control of the chemicals used during production.
As a result of this process, our partner tannery restricts the use of chemical substances considered to contain hazardous or toxic properties of customer and the environment.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION & PROCESS EPD (ISO 14025)
Environmental Product Declaration & Process EPD (ISO 14025)
Following the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study, the following impact categories are examined: greenhouse effect, reduction in the ozone layer, acidification, photochemical smog, eutrophication.
Certifying institute: SGS

 

CARBON FOOTPRINT OF PRODUCT (ISO 14067: 2018)

Carbon Footprint of Product (ISO 14067: 2018)

Quantifies the greenhouse gas emissions along the supply chain, from farming and rearing to realisation of the finished leather. 
Certifying institute: SGS

 

 

System Certifications: 

 Our partner tannery has advanced organisational models to effectively manage the safety and health of its workers, environment and quality. 

 

Leather Working Group Protocol Gold Rated
Environmental protocol LWG – Gold Medal
Our partner tannery is gold-rated by The Leather Working Group, with a score of 90.9 / 100 for its operations, demonstrably following best practices and obtaining top levels of environmental performance throughout their production chain, including chemical and organic waste disposal, atmospheric emissions and energy use.

 

The Environment and Safety Management System ISO 14001 and ISO 45001

The Environment and Safety Management System

Our partner tannery’s environmental and safety management system is compliant with the international standards ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, ensuring compliance with legislative obligations and improvements in environmental performance and safety of its workers. 


 

The Quality Management System ISO 9001The Quality Management System
ISO 9001, an effective quality management system helps ensure that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services.

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