From our early days, we have been at the forefront of improving practices in the leather industry, taking an active role in a number of multi stakeholder initiatives. However, we believe transformation must come not only from impact reduction, but also from solutions that have the potential to create positive change from the ground up.
We have been members of the Leather Working Group since 2012, sourcing leather from tanneries who have undertaken an environmental audit. We are proud to currently source 88% of our leather from environmentally accredited tannery partners in the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain and Turkey, who have been audited to measure their environmental impact and have signed up to our Global Sourcing Principles, which set out the sustainable and ethical requirements we need to conduct business with them. By 2023, we are committed to sourcing 100% of our leather from environmentally accredited sources.
Farming and ranching for meat have been well documented as significant drivers of deforestation and climate change, but we believe that farming can also offer a solution to the very problem it creates. On a regenerative and rotational farm, livestock play an essential role in maintaining soil health, and healthy soil actually draws down and stores carbon from the atmosphere. That’s why we are pioneering a hyper-local, hyper-transparent supply chain, working in partnership with industry leading tanneries to develop the world’s lowest carbon leather sourced from a network of organic and regenerative farms. By 2030 our entire leather supply chain will adhere to this transformative sourcing and production model.
In November 2021, we launched our Lowest Carbon Collection in collaboration with Muirhead tannery, a series of bags crafted from the world’s lowest carbon leather, which were British made from Farm to Final Stitch.
In May 2022, we introduced Lily Zero, our first fully carbon neutral collection, from field to shop floor. With a name inspired by our ambitious commitment to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2035, the Lily Zero collection comprised of twelve carbon neutral designs from our iconic Lily family, with all carbon emissions inclusive of transport and packaging being offset with World Land Trust. These sustainable collections build upon our Made to Last goals and represent the future of Mulberry.