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Sans Beast Sustainability Profile

For me, sustainability refers to a few things.

An environment we can continue to live in with good health is key, as is living a balanced life with the planet + its various lifeforms. I have an ongoing existential crisis about producing goods that, frankly, are not necessary for life on the planet. Yet, sustainability of one’s life in society is imperative - therefore, employment is needed. Sans Beast is still a small entity – we employ 2 full time team members, a freelance designer on a needs basis, and I work in the business along with my partner John. We work with material suppliers + manufacturers in China, which in turn, adds to these entities having sustainable businesses. In reference to living in balance with our fellow earth dwellers – I have always considered myself an ‘animal lover’. Yet after many years of ignoring the fact that I was cuddling some species, and making handbags + shoes out of the skin of others – I woke up to my own ethical conundrum, and decided I could no longer do this. Industrial level animal agriculture is not only not environmentally sustainable – it’s horrific for the animals + many of the humans, involved. I won’t use this article to explain this further – there is SO much information out there to be gleaned, we can all make the choice to read, watch + learn. Forks over Knives, Food Inc, Cowspiracy, Dominion, Earthlings – all important documentaries. Peter Singer's Animal Liberation + Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals are both insightful books on the subject of animal welfare (and our inherent attitudes to various species) in our society. Rather than animal skins we use ‘eco’ polyurethane for our bags. ‘Eco’ refers to the material supplier not using toxic levels of chemicals in the manufacture of the fabric. It adheres to REACH + CA65 standards. The fabric we use is not quickly biodegradable + this can be off-putting to some. This is fair enough – it’s certainly the ideal to work with materials that will find their way back to the earth easily + fast, and we’re not there yet. We would also challenge the popular notion that leather is a completely natural product, as the overwhelming majority is put through a chemically-intensive tanning process. Environmental perfection in manufacturing is a challenge for everyone.

About Sans Beast

  • Status
  • Unverified
  • Employees
  • 5 - 25
  • Industry
  • Apparel & Fashion
  • Country
  • Australia
  • Founded
  • 2017

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Animal based leather is an incredibly profitable yet destructive industry. 90% of the worlds fashion leather is chrome tanned (the only way to achieve the majority of desired fashion tones in a consistent + cost effective manner) + will not biodegrade. It is resource intensive, the tanning process is often horrific for the workers in the space, the chemical run off pollutes waterways, and of course, the animal ‘utilised’ is considered a profit centre, not a sentient being who can feel pain, fear + trauma. We believe in striving for a kinder world, where animals are not exploited for our food or fashion. However, we’re not going to greenwash the situation. We mostly use synthetics in our handbags with a small but growing cohort of cactus material from Desserto in Mexico. Plastic polymers ARE a problem in our world + we (the global WE) must work on ways to innovate materials that can biodegrade easily, with no harmful impact to the environment. However, polymers are a part of everyday life thus far. We know that people are not overly inclined to fuss about their white goods, cosmetics packaging, toothbrush bristles, pens + a myriad of items in their home or office, made from plastics. Yet, when the status of leather is challenged, it can often be seen as an afront to the natural order of the fashion establishment – because, quelle horreur, the alternative is often a synthetic. It is important to note, for fashion handbag construction to have longevity + remain 'good looking' it does generally need to have a coating of some description, and this is typically a polymer of some sort. We’d love to invite you to jump on to our Creature Blog + read more about the research on environmental impact of leather here. If you want to delve further into the psyche of animal exploitation + the unfair treatment of animals for fashion, we recommend reading the excellent book, Fashion Animals, by Joshua Katcher. You can read about our current materials below... it's an ever evolving process and we are committed to keeping our community informed.


SING FAI HANDBAG + METAL LTD, LI'S INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, QIAOLI VILLAGE, CHANGPING TOWN, DONGGUAN CITY, GUANGDONG, CHINA We work with brothers Tony + Sing Lee + team, at their family run facility in the Changping region of Dongguan. Cathryn, our founder, has been working with Tony for over 14 years, and through this time, they have built a solid + trusting relationship. Sing Fai are a relatively small factory, in comparison to many handbag factories, however they do have several large customers across the US, Australia + Europe. Workers are paid above the regional award rate + as is standard practise in China factories, accommodation + meals are provided as part of their employment contract. We visit the factory 4 times a year (pre COVID19), to work with the team on sampling, sourcing + production. You can get an insight to the production process, By watching 'A Makers' View' films.

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