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 the time has come for transformation looking beyond impact reduction to solutions that have the potential to create positive change from the ground up.
Farming and ranching for meat and leather 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 ‘farm to finished product’ 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. We will launch our first farm to finished product British bags in 2021.
Whilst we invest in establishing and scaling this approach, we will continue to work with organisations such as the Leather Working Group (LWG) and the Sustainable Leather Foundation to support best practice in animal welfare, traceability and environmental management. By 2022, we’re aiming for all leather in Mulberry collections to be sourced from LWG accredited tanneries.
Leather from LWG Gold Standard tanneries is now available across many of our best-loved bag families, from the 100% sustainable Portobello Tote to some of our most iconic silhouettes, including the heritage Bayswater and new Mini Iris.