At Malone Souliers we believe in a conscious creativity. We are always looking for ways to innovate through sustainability, embracing craft processes that minimise our environmental impact and safeguard our future. Discover more about our key environmental commitments and responsible business practices.
For SS21, we took a zero waste approach, working with a specialist Italian supplier to realise our designs with archival leathers and fabrics. In the end, 95 per cent of the collection was made this way, turning previously forgotten materials into a thoughtfully designed new line. The experiment inspired us to make a zero waste approach a cornerstone of our manufacturing and design process. Today, we are committed to giving materials a second life instead of sourcing new supplies wherever possible.
Leather is a core part of our craft, and we use only the highest quality hides that are both durable and biodegradable. However, we are conscious of its environmental impact and are taking steps to ensure we are sourcing our leather as sustainably as possible. We are proud to be a certified member of the Leather Working Group, an international organisation made up of stakeholders across the leather supply chain, working to promote environmental best practice within leather manufacturing and related industries. We closely follow the LWG standards, and exclusively work with like-minded Italian suppliers who are dedicated to producing the most beautiful leather with the lowest possible impact on the planet. You can read more on the Leather Working Group here.
When it comes to our packaging, we don’t want to contribute anything to the world’s landfills. Our shoe boxes are made from recycled cardboard, which is then covered in a pure cellulose paper wrap. Both materials are fully recyclable and FSC-certified, meaning that their production follows strict standards for the protection of forests and the environment. We also made sure to secure the wrap to the box with a protein-derived, non-artificial glue which comes from a renewable source and is substantially less toxic, significantly minimising its environmental footprint. You can read more on the FSC here.
We work with small, family-run Italian factories and suppliers to make our shoes. This means we can be confident that all employees are fairly compensated and that there is no abuse of human rights across our entire supply chain. As a result, we have identified the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking to be extremely low, but continue to be rigorous in preventing it from ever occurring. Our business is in compliance with all European standards for labour and employment-related laws, and we audit our Italian warehouses annually, with the understanding that if any concerns are raised, we will immediately terminate our relationship.