Sustainability

Studio Made

Selected pieces from each collection are studio made normally with a focus around handmade beads and natural pearls. These pieces are made in small quantities or made to order to ensure there’s no over production of styles or an excess of materials required.

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Packaging

Packaging is one of our major focus points for sustainability as every brand is very capable in moving towards environmentally friendly materials for this. We use recyclable Kraft card for our mailers, un-bleached kraft paper for wrapping orders and also paper gum tape to seal anything needed. Our jewellery pouches are created using un-bleached calico with no contaminants being leaked into the waterways during the process. The have been designed to ensure that the materials durability and functionality would allow for the pouches to be used for years to come. All graphic design collateral of hand written cards are printed on recycled paper card.

 

Slow Fashion

With a great focus on Brie Leon pieces being designed for everyday, we ensure each piece holds a timeless and classic aesthetics with a modern take. We only release two collections a year (opposed to four like most fashion labels) with a consistency of core styles with each range. Time and intricacy is put into each collections to ensure the pieces created aren’t just seasonal yet can be bought with no regrets and treasured for years to come.

 

Community

Here at Brie Leon we are working hard to support our community. In response to the devastating bushfires that impact Australia over the summer we partnered with The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW), with $20 from the sale of each Mini Chloe to be donated to FNPW.

We have also raised money for the Women’s And Girls’ Emergency Centre, supporting women in crisis. We have teamed with Worn for Good, donating product. 100% of Worn for Good’s profits go directly to three charity partners who work to improve the lives of vulnerable women, and the health and regeneration of our planet. We will continue to find ways to support our local community. 

We plate the majority of our pieces locally in small batches to ensure there's no over production whilst also supporting another small company and the local economy.

 

Materials

Our bags are created from animal friendly, PETA approved, materials; Vegan Leather (PU), Raffia, Satin and Cotton Canvas. We have recently introduced four new sustainable handbag materials, Recycled PU, Recycled Cotton Canvas, rPET and rPVB. Learn more about these materials below, 

 RECYCLED PU
RECYCLED COTTON CANVAS

Recycled PU is created from a mix of post and pre-consumer polyester and polyurethane.

How it is made:
Unused Polyurethane and Polyester materials are broken down mechanically > The polymers are reprocessed and mixed with Polyurethane to make new PU material

Recycled PU reduces waste, carbon emissions and landfill. Recycled PU is used in the Ava Bag, Circulo Coin Purse and Card Holder. Material breakdown: 40% Recycled post-consumer polyester + 18% Recycled pre-consumer polyurethane + 37% Polyurethane + 5% Conventional Other

Recycled Cotton Canvas is fabric made from processing a mix of pre-consumer cotton and textiles leftover from textile production, that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.

How it is made:
Unused fabrics are collected from factories and textiles mills > Threads are deconstructed from the fabric and spun into yarn with pre-consumer cotton > The yarn is woven into Recycled Cotton Canvas Fabric

Recycled Cotton Canvas reduces waste, landfill, carbon emissions and soil degradation.Recycled Cotton Canvas is used in the lining of the Ava Bag. Material breakdown: 35% Recycled Pre-Consumer Cotton + 65% Conventional Cotton

rPET rPVB

rPET is recycled polyethylene tetraphyte, a plastic that’s commonly used for items such as food packaging and plastic bottles.

How it is made:
Plastic bottles are collected, washed and ground down > this creates recycled polyester chips > these are then processed into recycled
fibers to be woven into new materials

1 ton of rPET fabric saves 6.2 tons of water and 0.0364 tons of oil. rPET is used in the lining of the Circulo Coin Purse and the Card Holder. Material breakdown: 100% rPET

rPVB refers to recycled Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB), which can be found in safety glass from the automobile and architectural industry.

How it is made:
Scrap safety glass is collected, broken down and
purified > This creates rPVB resin pellets > The pellets are processed into material that is similar in texture to leather and PU

rPVB reduces waste, carbon emissions and landfill. For every tonne of rPVB produced, up to 17 tonnes of CO2 and 53 tonnes of water consumption is saved. rPVB is used for the exterior of the Tie Knot Baguette and Tie Knot Croissant bags. Material breakdown: 100% rPVB

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Our Jewellery is crafted from 925 sterling silver, brass, rhodium and stainless steel. It is plated in various types of gold plating including 18k and gold vermeil. Our jewellery features unique handmade, glass blown beads and fresh water pearls. Select pieces are assembled by hand in our Marrickville studio. We work with one manufacturer who uses recycled gold and silver and we aim to expand our range of recycled pieces.

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