The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index– which measures impact up to the point of fabrication – gives most leathers an impact of 159 (compared with 44 for polyester and 98 for cotton), due to its high contribution to global warming and water use and pollution.Tanning is the most toxic phase in leather processing, with 90 per cent of production using chromium tanning. Hides are doused in drums of water, chromium salts and tanning liquor to stop them decomposing and to give a supple, colour-fast leather.
What GnL Offers
Our mission is to make “sustainable fashion, fashionable” by creating stylish products that cause no harm to the animals, through the conscious use of our natural resources and fair treatment of the unknown hands that craft them. Our logo is designed to resemble a fingerprint with a delicate heart in the centre, the brand’s initials, GnL, form the lines of the fingerprint. Our handbags help reduce carbon footprint by 1/3rd as compared to animal leather by using cork fabric is made from cork oak teak leaves and recycled RPET fabric. Our cork bags are manufactured in QiShi, DongGuan by ethical manufacturer Dongguan Topgood Handbag Leather Co. Ltd. a member of the Amfori BSCI network. Our Teak Leaf Collection is manufactured by Leaf Creation Co. Ltd., Thailand that has won numerous awards for the uniqueness and innovation of its eco-friendly fashion products. They employ artisans from tribal villages around Chiang Mai and follow fair-trade ethical manufacturing practices. We have partnered with ‘One Tree Planted’ to plant one tree for each sale we make. We are members of the ‘No Issue Eco Packaging Alliance’. Our mailers are compostable and our tissue wrapping is recyclable.
Our logo symbolises our passion for sustainability and promise of ethical practices. Designed to resemble a fingerprint with a delicate heart in the centre, the brand’s initials, GnL, form the lines of the fingerprint, while the heart and the line above form an exclamation mark.
The heart in fingerprint logo signifies our steadfast commitment to the humane side of fashion and care towards all that surround us, reflecting the GnL brand promise of sustainable fashion based on cruelty-free, eco-friendly and ethical brand practices.
Our Cruelty-Free & Sustainable Fabrics
As Vinita, our founder,
said it best, “Sustainability is choosing to consume in a way that least impacts the non-renewable natural resources and the ecological-balance in our environment.” GnL Accessories believes in the power of individuals to make a positive difference for our planet, and our goal can never be realised without our laser sharp focus on sustainability.
Although sustainability has become a buzzword for many, for GnL it is an action word. We are committed to using plant-based fabric in our collections. We have completely eliminated the use of any animal derived ingredient in our processes and strive to minimise the use of faux leather or polyurethane (PU).
Our first collection is made using cork fabric (fabric made from the bark of a cork tree) and teak leaf fabric (fabric made from dried teak leaves). We have used fabric made from used plastic bottles to line our cork fabric bags. Our teak leaf fabric bags are lined with cotton.
We are proud to use resources that include materials that are vegan, organic, cruelty-free, recycled, non-toxic and eco-friendly, reducing wastes and the impact on non-renewable natural resources in our environment. Through creative and high-quality designs by our creators, we bring you stylish sustainable fashion products that you can wear with pride!
Our Conscious & Ethical Practice
Remember 2013 in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh, where 1,138 people lost their lives in a fast fashion factory collapse?
Being a conscious ethical brand entails respect for our workers, designers and resources along with our customers. This translates to sustainable fashion pieces of a high quality that is doubly insured by respect to both the customer and the creator.
GnL Accessories takes pride in working with fair-trade ethical fashion manufacturers and suppliers who provide work conditions that ensure a safe environment, reasonable work hours, fair wages and minimum legal age for their workforce. In addition to our vegan, organic, cruelty-free eco-friendly fashion materials, we bring you conscious ethical fashion products with a philosophy that values your experience with respect.