We all leave an impact on the planet, so we should all play a part in cleaning up our footprint. At Nelissa Hilman, we are working to do our part by building an ethical supply chain that creates high-quality, low-impact, long-lasting products. We carefully consider our materials and work with our production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s ecosystems. We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go. We are ambitious – we want to significantly reduce our environmental footprint and make a positive social impact throughout our supply chain.
We believe that the manufacturing of shoes and accessories should be done in a responsible way. We always try to source our raw materials locally first, which is important for the ecological footprint of our shoes. Our leathers are premium stocks leathers, which are sourced directly from Italian tanneries. Stock leather encompasses several different products:
Over runs: over productions or over estimations of leather orders from Italian and European handbag and shoe manufacturers. Over runs are sourced directly form top well-known brands, which produces in Europe.
Tannery lots: these stocks are from over production, color mistakes etc.
Sample stocks: they are year-end collection lots and involve the sell of all sample room leathers in order to make room for new leathers. Leathers are carefully separated and selected.
Our sustainability goals have been inspired by the Cradle-to-Cradle principles. Through our sustainability practices, we aim to:
Make products that are used and loved for as long as possible
Eliminate serious toxins throughout our product and packaging
Seek biodegradable or recyclable materials and products where they make sense
Reduce waste and energy consumption through our entire process
Actively pursue a better understanding of our impact and how to reduce it
Proudly Made in Malaysia
We are fully committed to Made in Malaysia manufacturing and doing everything in our power to rebuild the reputation of the footwear manufacturing industry in Malaysia. We want to ensure that the actions of a few do not continue to undermine the excellent work of many suppliers in the area, who succeed in providing good jobs and good working conditions. We have a responsibility to ensure that all of the impacts embedded in our footwear are not wasted at the end of its life. We are therefore looking at how we can actively help reduce the waste footprint of our clothes. We are doing this in several ways.
Our test-and-repeat model means that we have very little ‘post-production’ waste. We order very small quantities of each item, and then only re-order the lines that are selling well.
We manage our stocks very closely and any stock that we can’t sell is sold either to other retailers or is sent to other countries by our partner Kloth. We never burn unused stock or send it to landfill.
The next phase of our focus is to incentivise customers to recycle footwear by sending them to our recycling partner, Kloth in exchange for store credits.
Whilst the carbon and plastic footprint of our office, retail store and warehouse is a small percentage of the overall impact of our business, we believe it’s important to do the right thing here so that we are role modelling what we are asking our suppliers and partners to do. Initiatives include: recycling all cardboard, boxes, paper and plastic waste at all sites; and replacing lighting with LEDs.