IMPLEMENTING PROCESS INNOVATIONS
Creating handbags requires energy and water, so we choose our partners carefully and work with them to minimize chemical usage, waste, and energy use. We specifically selected our tanneries in Santa Croce, Tuscany because they have some of the best water purifying systems in all of Europe.
We’ve also designed our network to reduce our carbon footprint from transportation, by working with raw materials suppliers and factories that are co-located in Tuscany. We prioritize ocean shipments whenever possible, as we learned that air freight generates 47 times more emissions per ton-mile than by cargo ship. In 2019, we sent roughly 80% of our shipments by ocean cargo and 20% by air, prioritizing commercial flights instead of dedicated cargo air travel.