We are signatories of the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action, and as part of this we are working towards an ambitious carbon reduction strategy based on a 1.5 degree pathway across Scope 1, 2 and 3. To achieve this we are adopting a Science Based Target approach, and whilst we work towards our net zero target we will continue to invest in renewable energy and nature-based carbon offsetting solutions, such as forest restoration.
Our UK factories, The Rookery in Chilcompton and The Willows in Bridgwater, Somerset, have been carbon neutral since 2019. We achieve this carbon neutrality by reducing our carbon emissions and offsetting the residual emissions. So far, we have removed 4740.64 tonnes of CO2e from the atmosphere in partnership with World Land Trust’s Carbon Balanced programme, supporting the REDD+ Project for Caribbean Guatemala.
In 2022 we also launched a partnership with Ecologi, who facilitate the funding of leading climate crisis solutions and tree planting around the world. So far, we have planted 621 trees through Ecologi, one for each new Mulberry starter, and offset the carbon impact from all flights taken across the business, avoiding 270 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Our manufacturing techniques involve careful pattern placement to ensure minimal leather offcuts are produced for every bag we craft. We work with Scrap Stores to supply waste materials to local schools, universities and craft groups – enabling our local communities to make something beautiful with high-quality materials that might otherwise go to waste.
Our Somerset factories also work with Zero Waste to Landfill providers, recovering energy from waste which cannot be reused or recycled. This means that any non-recyclable waste which would traditionally go to landfill is instead processed at an Energy Recovery Facility, which creates electricity for the National Grid. Our ultimate goal is to be completely Zero Waste throughout our operations.
Mulberry have a zero tolerance approach to the destruction of goods, and instead we utilise markdown sales, our outlet stores and staff sales as a solution to excess or damaged stock. First and foremost, we are passionate about extending the life of every Mulberry product through repair, renewal, and repurposing. This commitment is at the heart of our circular proposition, influencing the way we design and manufacture, and the services we offer our customers.
We are continuously assessing and reducing the environmental impact of packaging throughout our supply chain and operations, from in-store carrier bags to supplier deliveries. Our signature Mulberry Green packaging uses innovative CupCycling technology that transforms disposable coffee cups into waste, and then into beautiful paper and carrier bags. In one year of using this process, our partners at the James Cropper paper mill repurposed over 3.25million coffee cups for Mulberry Green paper that would otherwise have been sent to landfill.