The Green Guide: How sustainable is Mulberry?

How sustainable is your wardrobe? In this column, Jessica Carroll challenges fashion’s eco credentials. This week, she asks the question: how sustainable is Mulberry?

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Bag, £1,075, Mulberry

Materials

In keeping with the brand’s eco efforts, this brightly coloured luxury bag is crafted from leather sourced from a German tannery that offsets its carbon emissions, and its dust bag is made from sustainably sourced cotton.

Suppliers

All Mulberry suppliers must sign its Global Sourcing Principles, ensuring they stick to strict ethical guidelines. Failure to comply means Mulberry will cut all ties. It sounds promising but beyond the Somerset factory and German tannery we don’t have any more detailed supplier information.

Packaging

If you shop in store, you’ll leave with your new purchase in a bag made from repurposed disposable coffee cups. If you shop online your order will arrive in an FSC-certified cardboard box.

The extra mile

Pre-loved bags can be traded for a gift card (25 per cent of the original purchase price), and the old bags are restored and resold online under The Mulberry Exchange. If it’s beyond repair they’ll still buy it back and use the energy given off during incineration to power the production of a new bag.

Carbon footprint

This Lily Zero bag is part of iconic British brand Mulberry’s first carbon-neutral collection. Not only was it made in the company’s carbon-neutral factory in Somerset, any CO2 produced during, for example, transport is offset by World Land Trust, which plants trees and buys land threatened by deforestation.

Verdict

Yes, it’s a huge splurge, but this is a high-quality, timeless piece, making it a true investment. And if it does come to the end of its life (or you fancy a change), Mulberry offers sustainable alternatives to sending it to landfill – all of which require little effort. As close as you’ll get to a guilt-free purchase.

Our rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fashion director: Shelly Vella