1. PRODUCTION - HANDMADE IN PORTUGAL
3. RAW MATERIALS
4. CLARIFYING CONCEPTS
We also believe that to be sustainable is to be informed an being curious about our consumption. Thus, we want to clarify the following concepts:
Leather: It is a raw material made from the skin of the animal, by tanning or other similar process. Maria Maleta only uses skins resulting from the surplus of the Food Industry.
Vegetable or vegetable tanning leather: Process of tanning in animal skin, process of transformation of it into leather, through impregnation of vegetable products.
Bio-leather: Bio-leather is the trade name given to a range of wet-white (free of metals) leather articles with a tanning process specially developed to improve its biodegradability.
Vegan Product: uses products that are not of animal origin. The following raw materials can be considered vegan: cotton, polyester, PET, PU, pinatex, plastic, cork, etc. Vegan doesn't mean sustainable.
In our products we use these types of leather and, in our Vegan products, all the synthetic materials are recycled or can be recyclable. ( Recycled PET from plastic bottles and recycled PET from polyester).
We also use a synthetic material that is 100% Biodegradable. All vegan materials used by Maria Maleta have to add value to the product.
It is not easy to determine what is more environmentally friendly, because we need to consider transport costs, labor, work ethic, production methods, etc. But there is something that we have been able to detect, that one of the best ways to be sustainable is to be curious about the origin of our products and to look for information about them.
That’s the reason why we add the “Symbols” to our Maria’s.
"After all what do the symbols on my Maria Maleta mean?"
|It means that your Maria Maleta has materials that can be recycled and give rise to new materials. That is why we created our “REUSE REPAIR CARE” program. Where you can send us your old Maria back, we recycle the materials and receive a € 15 voucher for your next purchase.|
|Your Maria has bio leather in her composition. Bio leather is the name given to leather wet-white (metal-free) with a tanning process specially developed to improve their biodegradability. The bio-leather used by the brand presents certified tests that prove that the biodegradability of this material is possible in 23 days under appropriate conditions (buried)|
|Your Maria has recycled materials. Where 70% of its composition corresponds to a new material made by recycling PET (PET- plastic most found in the oceans, for example: water, juice and oil plastic bottles, etc.) and/or also recycling PES (Polyester post-consumed synthetic product).|
|Your new Maria is Vegan, there is no leather in her composition. Everything that looks like leather is purely coincidental. What you will find is the synthetic black aniline which 38% of its composition is Post-consumption of plastic bottles and 62% biodegradable PU.|
|If you have this symbol marked on your new Maria, it means that its composition is made of vegetal tanned leather. Vegetable Leather is the name given to leather where tanning treatments are of vegetable origin. It is the most natural leather possible without adding treatments, its texture and tone are very easily changed by time, a typical characteristic of this type of leather.|
Maria Maleta have an important commitment with the environment and with the customer. We want your bag to last long as much it’s possible and because of that, in our brand we give a lifetime warranty to all of our leather products.
Every day we work to improve our own policies to be more sustainable and more faire with the costumer. We want to be transparent with our audience and in our brand, we have the price transparency where the costumers can know exactly what they are paying for. We believe that our customers should know exactly what they are buying and what the impact of their purchase is.
A lifetime product is the best way to be sustainable.
7. OTHER SUSTAINABLE FACTS THAT WE HAD IMPLEMENT IN OUR BRAND
Throughout the history of Maria Maleta, we have always had behaviors aimed at reusing materials and using dead stock. We have completely abandoned the use of plastic bags for packaging our products. Instead, we use fabric stopped at suppliers, dead stock, and we make the outer packing bags for our product. We did a capsule collection, Beach Bag collection, which had as its values and foundation the use of dead stock. We also use all of our waste to do small products and all the inner pockets of our bags.
We try to reuse all our waste in small details. We have the same mind set in packing. We don´t see any issue in reusing a box that was already used for something different.
In our brand we have in mind that nothing is wasted, we believe in the circular economy. We are convinced that with a well-functioning circular economy, we will have a better future.
The brand's mind set has always been based on sustainable, ethical and transparent visions. Small steps can make big changes. “Transparency is the new soul of the business", Maria Maleta