Responsibility and sustainability
It is no secret that the clothing industry and increased consumption are contributing to the detrimental climate change that we are seeing today on a global scale. As a company, we are responsible to take sensible action to prevent negative environmental impact and to contribute to the positive change we need and want to see. For this reason, we at Maya Delorez have chosen to prioritize sustainability as a fundamental part of our business since the beginning.
Sustainability at Maya Delorez
We know that we are only at the beginning of our journey to more sustainability and that there is lots of room for improvement. But we are also aware that we, as a startup company, have both the opportunity as well as the potential to actually do better! We have high ambitions and work long-term to reach our goal to contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry. To achieve this goal, we have developed sustainability principles that illustrate how we work with production, packaging and the delivery of our products. We see it as crucial to keep track of and be familiar with the entire supply chain, from the very first sample to the finished product, and to ensure that our products are always produced in ethical and environmentally friendly ways. It is an ongoing learning process and we are always striving to further develop our sustainability work.
We don’t have our own factories but choose to cooperate with suppliers located in Asia who work to the highest standards. Our values as a company are fundamental to us, so it is of utmost importance that the suppliers we choose to work with share these values and work in accordance with them. In order to maintain a high standard regarding working conditions and to ensure the quality of production, we stay in a close and ongoing dialogue with our suppliers. We work continuously to ensure that our supply chain has high integrity and we monitor our entire business at all times to make sure it complies with our Code of Conduct.
Our packaging standard comes into play already when our products leave the factory. To avoid unnecessary excess packaging and empty spaces during transport, we always optimize the space by packing parcels to their maximum capacity. We also work on developing options for climate compensation and closely monitor the development of our carriers on an ongoing basis.
E-commerce has, unlike physical stores, a higher return rate. Therefore, we chose against free return shipping to encourage customers to spend more time finding the right product/size in the first place. For the same reason, we developed carefully designed size guides and offer a live chat to our customers on weekdays. All of this with the goal in mind to assist our customers with finding the right size, thus reducing the number of unnecessary exchanges and returns.
We want our products to last over time. That is why we constantly strive to maintain a high-quality mindset when designing and manufacturing our products. Furthermore, we avoid following short-lived trends and try to keep our clothes and collections to a timeless neutral color scale that will never go out of fashion. Our goal is to create sustainable clothes that last over time and are of high quality. The environment our clothes are used in is pretty tough and we want our products to withstand these stresses – and to do so season after season. That is why we work with durable, functional and high-quality materials. Simply put: Our ambition and what we work towards is to create products for a sustainable wardrobe.
The leather we use is vegetable tanned leather. It is a conscious choice we made as it is a much more gentle alternative for humans, your animals and the environment, unlike other harmful tanning processes which require large amounts of noxious chromium and can entail enormous health risks.
We are currently working on developing recyclable product packaging and e-commerce bags. At present, the clothes come in ziplock packaging that makes it easy to return the goods in the same bag without producing more unnecessary waste. They also work great as storage bags for dirty riding breeches or sweaty training clothes, there is really a myriad of possible alternative uses to our bags! The e-commerce bags have double adhesive strips so that you can easily return your product in the same packaging.
What you as a customer can do:
The environmental impact of our clothes stems not only from its production but is in part influenced by their everyday use at home, such as when we wash, tumble dry or iron them . These activities require energy, although they are not always necessary. A good tip to reduce your own environmental impact is to wash less often – airing your clothes after just one use may well be good enough.
Sometimes it can happen that we get tired of our clothes or that they no longer fit. Do not throw them away, but pass them on and make somebody else happy. Why not swap with a friend or resell? Nowadays, there are lots of different ways to exchange and sell used clothes, both off- and online.
Sustainability is a crucial part of our daily work. To us, taking responsibility and prioritizing sustainability issues is a matter of course in order to protect our planet and keep it habitable for future generations. If you have questions or objections regarding how we work with sustainability issues, you are welcome to contact us at [email protected]. We are thankful for suggestions and input on how we can further develop and improve our work.