Did you know that the environmental impact of today’s shoe industry is the equivalent of 450,000 round-trip flights from Paris to New York?
Making one pair of shoes requires large amounts of raw materials as well as many hours of labor and high shipping costs, especially given that subcontractors are located primarily in faraway Asia and Latin America.
Once we became aware of these facts, we made up our minds to change our work methods and we scaled back the figures to our own local level. We believe that we can positively contribute to rectifying the situation in our sector by manufacturing all of our collections in Europe, specifically in France and Italy, two nations with stellar reputations for excellence in shoemaking.
We have always operated with the aim to have the smallest environmental footprint from our collections’ raw materials, design, and production. We have reduced trucking and shipping by working with local artisans. This has a positive impact on each local economy and a low impact on the environment.
An Environmentally-Friendly Practice
By producing our sneakers, sandals, and espadrilles in France, we have divided our carbon imprint by three. 6 KG CO2 before recycling our sneakers (2 KG CO2 after recycling) compared to the average of 18 KG CO2.
Our leathers all come from the food industry and from hides recuperated from the leather makers, a guarantee of recycled raw materials.
Our leathers are produced in southwestern France and in the Marche region of Italy. Our Italian full-grain leather comes from the Mastrotto tannery, known for its excellence. Mastrotto is part of the GREEN L.I.F.E. project and has a gold certification from the Leather Working Group, an independent organization that evaluates tanneries’ environmental practices. Mastrotto is recognized as one of the best-ranked tanneries for its methods in treating hides.
We put great effort into designing our shoes so that they can be easily repaired or else disassembled when worn out, and thus become raw material once again for new products.