Fashion Revolution 2017
This week marks the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh. In the race to the bottom for the lowest prices, fashion has been complicit in creating conditions that are brutal to the many hands that make our garments or accessories and the environment. However, since that tragic incident, there has been a revolution of sorts. A fashion revolution. More and more people are asking "Who Made my Clothes?" and voting with their wallets for products that are transparent, ethical and sustainable.
We created our brand to embody these principles by creating our own supply chain that also contributes to the economic development of a marginalised community. Additionally, the leather we use must be environmentally friendly. We understand that there may be some reservations regarding the use of leather, however, we have chosen to use locally harvested kangaroo leather from a local tannery, Packer Direct. A tannery founded in 1891, they provide vegetable tanned kangaroo leather that is luxurious yet sustainable. By sustainable we mean that kangaroos are not farmed but harvested in the wild from a large, self-replenishing population. As mentioned in a previous blog post, the harvest is strictly controlled by an Australian Government program that ensures no detrimental impact on the kangaroos or their ecosystems. The harvest quota is scientifically determined annually and applicable to only the 4 most common species of kangaroo (there are 53). Generally, what is actually harvested is much lower than the set quota*. Furthermore, the leather is actually a by-product of the harvest that would end up as waste. With a current population well over 30 million, the kangaroo is not endangered.
Additionally, the way that Packer Direct processes their leather cements their eco credentials. They have implemented their own PURE (Processed Under Rigorous Environmental Standards) processing initiative so as to reduce their carbon footprint and process effluents as efficiently as possible. This compliments their membership of the Leather Working Group, a group of global brands, manufacturers and technical experts who work together to ensure sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
We are incredibly proud to work with such a great partner who not only provides an amazing product but subscribes to our values.