Mulberry launches sustainability manifesto
Mulberry has launched a new sustainability manifesto as it looks to move to a regenerative and circular model across its entire supply chain.
In the Made to Last Manifesto, the luxury handbag maker said it will be putting in place a network of organic and environmentally conscious farms to supply the hides to create its leather. This network will provide the foundations for its regenerative and circular supply chain by 2030.
In addition, Mulberry will release its first locally made ‘farm to finished product’ bags later this year which will use the world’s lowest carbon leather. The company said this will underpin its commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2035.
Mulberry said the approach to leather sourcing will also be reflected in the way it innovates across the rest of the business, whether it be integrating recycled nylon and regenerative organic cotton into its products or continuously assessing and reducing the environmental impact of its packaging and physical store network.
The company has also announced that its Mulberry Exchange service, which matches restored bags with a new owner, is to be taken online after initially being launched in-store in 2020. It has also committed to buying back customers’ bags that have reached the end of their life and use them to power the production of new bags through an energy reclaim system.
Thierry Andretta, Mulberry chief executive, said: “At Mulberry we have already taken significant action to embed sustainability across our business, but today we offer our commitment to a programme of transformative change, embedding principles of regeneration and circularity across our entire supply chain. We are committed to creating a local, transparent ‘farm to finished product’ sourcing model and whilst we are at the beginning of this transition, I am immensely proud of my colleagues and the work done to launch the Made to Last Manifesto.”
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