Can A Bag Save The World?

Founded in 1971 by Roger Saul, British design house Mulberry turns 50 this year. But with the fashion and textiles sector still producing close to 10% of the world’s annual global greenhouse gas emissions, the brand has chosen to mark the milestone not with a celebration, but by pledging to be more responsible and circular at every stage of its supply chain. Here, Mulberry explains exactly how it plans to pull this off…


Can Leather Ever Be Sustainable? 

According to The World Resources Institute, cattle farming was responsible for 36% of global deforestation between 2001 and 2015, driving species extinction and making a significant contribution to climate change. Mulberry is well aware of its 50-year association with the leather industry, as well as the fact it’s both a challenge and an opportunity. That’s why it’s pioneering a local, transparent ‘farm to finished product’ supply chain and working with a network of progressive farmers who are committed to practices that improve soil health and encourage biodiversity. From integrating recycled nylon and regenerative organic cotton into their products, to continuously assessing and reducing the environmental impact of its packaging, the changes range across the board.

The Repairs Team at The Rookery, one of Mulberry’s Somerset factories, are masters of restoration, breathing new life into more than 10,000 bags every year, with leather and hardware archives going back over 35 years.

Can You Make A Blue Bag Green?     

Since Mulberry’s inception, the brand has remained committed to making more than half of its products in local Somerset factories. Today, those factories are carbon neutral and every person working there is paid a real living wage. But there’s more work to do, which is why Mulberry is teaming up with industry-leading tanneries to develop the world’s lowest carbon leather, sourced from environmentally conscious farms. Excitingly, later this year, the brand will release its first ‘farm to finished product’ bag.

Can You Teach An Old Bag New Tricks?

In an ideal world, everyone would hold on to every designer bag they invest in. But that’s not the reality, which is why the brand has created the Mulberry Exchange, an in-store and digital platform to match authenticated and beautifully restored classics with a new owner, to guarantee your pre-loved bag can have many lives. Even if one of their bags has reached the end of the line, they will still buy it back, and give it a new lease of life. 


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