”The issue of sustainability affects everyone, and as an entrepreneur I have personally taken it upon myself to optimize our manufacturing operations step by step. It is our long-term goal to tweak many of the processes in order to be even more environmentally friendly.”
The Mauritius Group is one of the pioneers in the industry and has been using vegetable tanning agents extracted from wood, barks, leaves and fruits since 2009. 80% of our leather products were already carrying the “vegetable tanned” label by 2015. With the launch of the 2021 fall/winter collection, the Mauritius Group will only be using vegetable-tanned leather. From now on, every product’s hangtag will be marked with the slogan We care, which is synonymous with the vegetable tanning method using only natural tannins according to DIN EN 15987:2015. The use of chromium salts will be completely avoided.
The RSL (Restricted Substances List) of the German Fashion Association provides a secure base for safe practices. Published twice a year, this list gives its members current information related to regulations and laws. The Mauritius Group is taking on responsibility and has independent testing labs continuously examine both the leather and its components –such as linings, buttons, etc. – for harmful substances in accordance with the latest guidelines.
The use of sustainable and ethical base fabric is reflected in the textile collection within the Gipsy 2.0 fashion line. We already use 100% recycled polyester, which is extremely tough and durable, in selected outer fabrics made of fake fur and in the linings of the trendy faux fur and teddy fur coats. Production-wise, this type of polyester uses significantly less water and energy than its conventional counterpart. All the more reason to opt for 100% recycled polyester yarn for the main label of the textile collection.
The Mauritius Group's long-standing international partners demonstrate social responsibility as members of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). As such, the production facilities are regularly inspected by third-party inspection agencies for compliance with social standards, occupational health and safety, and fire safety. It goes without saying that the BSCI does not tolerate exploitation, forced labor or child labor under any circumstance.
“We have an obligation to limit our use of resources in the long-term and to foster environmentally conscious operations. Contrary to what most assume, there is no sustainability paradox in terms of leather manufacturing; rather, it gives rise to countless possibilities.”