Our production method is part of a circular economy model:
- Sustainable sourcing: implementation of a responsible purchasing policy (our suppliers are selected on environmental criteria)
- Eco-design: everything is thought out so that the least amount of waste is emitted throughout production
- Responsible consumption: La Botte Gardiane shoes are known for their durability. The quality of products used and the know-how permit to the client to keep their pairs for many years. “Consume less but consume better”
- Extension of the duration of use thanks to the ability of re-stretch the leather et re sole pairs for life
- Recycling: leather scraps are reused as soon as possible, or sold to individuals or leather craftsmen
For its exceptional leather, La Botte Gardiane only works with tannery respectful of the environment (all the water is filtered and depolluted) which are mainly located in France (in Italy and Spain if the leathers have no equivalent in France). For more than 20% of our production, we use 100% vegetable tanned leathers, leathers which are non-polluting and guaranteed to be chrome-free.
We use accessories like shoe boxes which are made of recycled cardboard and made in France, the silk paper is made by a French “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant”, even thank you cards are French!
The manufacturing process
Whenever it’s possible, water-based solvent-free glues are used (For all types of gluing except that of the sole which is done with solvent-based glues).
The cutting of the skins is optimized to have as little waste as possible. Scraps of leather from boots are reused for sandals, for certain linings, for bracelets or for insole. Scraps are also available for sale or donated.
- All the lighting in the building (interior and exterior) is entirely made with LEDs. In addition, La Botte Gardiane followed CARSAT recommendations so that each workstation be equipped with 500 lumen LED lighting at the workstation. This ensures real comfort for operators (no stroboscopic effect, nor eye fatigue) and energy savings.
- The building is built according to the French RT2012 standard: The building sector is the largest consumer of energy in France (42.5% of total final energy) and generates 23% of greenhouse gas emissions. To combat this and reduce the energy consumption of French homes, the Grenelle de l'Environnement has implemented a program to combat climate change and control energy consumption. The RT 2012 thermal regulations are one of the measures adopted at the end of the Grenelle de l'Environnement.
- The parking of the atelier/shop is equipped with charging stations for electric cars.