SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

We combine ancient craftsmanship techniques with innovative production processes to create environmentally-friendly & long-lasting pieces, showing that we can work on a sustainable future while preserving wisdom of the past.

- Jessica Teeuw, Sustainability Manager

People &
planet first,
always

MATERIALS


The production of our leather huarache sandals and boots is made up of 3 main steps: the raw material sourcing, leather tanning and shoe production phase. All our production is done locally in Mexico to keep transportation short and emissions low, and ensure the most positive social impact.

1. (RAW) MATERIAL SOURCING

2. VEGETABLE LEATHER TANNING

3. SHOE MANUFACTURING

SUSTAINABLE LEATHER


SOLVING LOCAL WASTE STREAMS

We strive for making the most of waste materials, so the leather we use is a by-product of the meat industry. The cow hides come from wide-open North American farms, close to our leather tanneries.

HIGH QUALITY, CHROMIUM-FREE & VEGETABLE-TANNED

In order to make our products long-lasting, we needed extra resistant and durable leather. As such, we made sure to select suppliers that could provide us with the highest quality certified chromium-free leather. Our leather is vegetable-tanned and dyed using plants. No harmful chemicals here.

LEATHER WORKING GROUP CERTIFIED

The tanneries we work with have been Gold or Silver rated by the Leather Working Group. This means that their commitment to environmental stewardship is backed by a well-recognized and industry-leading certification. This also includes routine auditing of the tanneries' manufacturing practices, operating permits, raw material sourcing, traceability, use of restricted substances, energy consumption, water usage, air and noise emission and waste management.

By avoiding harmful chemicals, we contribute to a healthy Mexico for generations to come.

LOWERING & OFFSETTING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT


REGIONALLY CLOSE MANUFACTURING

We have consciously chosen to have our production in Mexico only. Most of our partners are based in Michoacan and Jalisco. By sticking to a small geographic region, we limit the carbon emissions from transportation between suppliers.

COMMUTING

We offer flexible working arrangements for our international team in Mexico and Germany so they can work from home whenever they wish. Our employees are also encouraged to travel to the office via public transport or with their bike.

BEING A CLIMATE NEUTRAL CERTIFIED BRAND

We are a Climate Neutral certified brand. After analyzing our environmental footprint, we offset our carbon emissions and developed a 2-year plan to make improvements throughout our whole supply chain.

Read more about the Climate Neutral process

CRAFTSMANSHIP THAT PRESERVES WHAT'S GOOD


TRADITIONAL HUARACHES AND BOOTS

With our shoe collection, we keep the tradition of leather weaving and charro boot making alive in Mexico.

WOVEN MIMBRE PRODUCTS

Our mimbre workshop is so near the Pátzcuaro Lake that the process of collecting the material is easy and low in CO2 emissions. The craft also helps the ecological balance of the lake area by reducing the overgrowth of the plant. Even more benefits? It's completely biodegradable!

TIMELESS JEWELRY

We work together with our jewelry workshop to come up with pieces that both tell the story of Mexico and have a design that stands the test of time. Our workshop uses high-quality recycled Sterling silver and upcycled brass that is 3 times gold-plated with 14K gold. This ensures a long lifespan and makes sure they are truly investment pieces.

RECYCLED & UPCYCLED MATERIALS

We use upcycled airplane tires in our boots collection. In our jewelry collection, we use 100% recycled silver and upcycled brass.

Our shoeboxes, ring boxes, and padded shipping envelopes are made of recycled paper.

ORGANIC AND CERTIFIED

Our jewelry is packed in an undyed organic cotton bag and comes with an FSC-certified paper backing

Rethinking
waste &
packaging

 

REPURPOSING WASTE

Our huaraches are handwoven with long strips of leather. In the cutting process some of the leather straps are cut too short and can't be used for production. At the moment, we send part of these scraps to a fashion university in Italy where the students can use the material for their projects.

However, we aim to eliminate all material waste. That's why we are currently also designing and developing products that can use these leftovers.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT

As part of our philosophy, taking responsibility for protecting our environment is one of our major goals. That’s why we strive towards becoming more sustainable with the implementation of processes and materials that are non-polluting and organically sourced. We also seek to work with suppliers that share our planet-first philosophy and use certified processes that ensure high quality materials while protecting the environment.

Learn more about our Vision

No empty
promises

''SUSTAINABILITY'' DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY & TRACEABILITY

Strong sustainability claims remain just empty beautiful words if they are not backed up by proof. We know this. That's why we want to give you as consumer all the information we have about our production.

We work with supply chain transparency solution retraced to map your product's journey. By scanning the QR-code, you can go back to its origins. From the raw material sourcing to our warehouse in Germany.

Learn more about Our Transparency Approach.