At LouLou, it is our mission to design stylish leather accessories that make your life easier and fabulous. With our ambitious team of women we are always working on creating a beautiful and high-quality product, so that you can enjoy your LouLou item for as long as possible. It is also important to us that the products are produced in a fair way, and we share these values with our supplier. Together we aim to make the smallest possible environmental footprint to leave behind and contribute to a sustainable fashion world. We are aware that we can always do better, but we also believe that we have already been able to take major steps. Read below how we and our producer do our best to achieve this.
All our products are produced in India and we are very proud that this happens in a workshop that is the only one in the world that runs 100% on solar energy! In addition, they use a new technique to collect rainwater, so that optimum use is made of water during the production process. Extra attention is also paid to this waste management, which means that all residual waste released during production is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Every season we do our best to ship all products by boat, because this has a lower impact on the environment than road or air traffic. It may happen that due to a late delivery, the products still have to be shipped via the aircraft. To prevent this, we try to tighten our schedule so that all products can be shipped on time by boat.
Durably dyed leather
The leather that we use for all our bags, purses and accessories is dyed in an innovative way, so that the dirt that can be released is converted from liquid to a solid form. This prevents the residual waste from seeping into the soil, causing soil contamination. By converting the residual waste into a solid form, this can easily be collected, after which it can be destroyed locally.
In addition to a lower impact on the environment, it is of course very important that all craftsmen in our studio work under good conditions for a fair wage. We have a good relationship with the producer and regularly visit our studio in India. That is how we witness the circumstances with our own eyes.
In addition to a fair wage and a good working environment, the craftsmen also have good secondary employment conditions. They receive annual bonuses based on their performance, they build up pension and accommodation is provided for employees who have to travel a great distance to work. In addition, trainings and workshops are regularly given in which employees can further develop their skills.
Many women from economically disadvantaged areas have not had the opportunity to learn skills that will help them find a good job. A special program for these women offers them the opportunity to follow training courses to develop these skills and to be included in the team of artisans in our workshop. This way, these women can work on their future and support themselves and their families.
Single parents receive extra support, so that they can go to work without stress and can continue to take care of their child (ren). In this way they can follow various training courses on nutrition, finance and they can make use of free childcare.
Our producer in India has a SA8000 certification. This is an international certificate that you can obtain if you as a company meet certain social and environmentally-friendly conditions. This means that they have developed a socially acceptable workplace with enough opportunities for employees to develop themselves. They are consciously concerned with the impact on the environment through activities with employees, partners and suppliers. Read more about the SA8000 certificate here.