DE LE CUONA IS NOW CARBON NEUTRAL
The textile industry is the second largest contributor to global greenhouse emissions, after the oil industry. The industry produces 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year, according to a journal published on nature.com, 2018.
Shipping and transportation of goods remain a vital part of the process for global brands, but also remain a major contributor to carbon dioxide levels.
Changes to carbon neutral shipping have been adopted by companies worldwide in recent years. By offsetting the emissions produced by international shipping, it is possible to give back to the environment.
de Le Cuona remains ever committed to achieving a zero-carbon footprint. By choosing a courier that opts for more sustainable practices, de Le Cuona can be sure that their commitments to sustainability align, while also being able to actively track their pollution reductions.
Fed Ex aims to cut its global emissions across the board. By breaking down their emissions into sectors – aviation, vehicle and facilities – we are able to clearly see where progress has been made and where obstacles are yet to be overcome.
Example being, the Fed Ex aim for aircraft emissions is to reduce their worldwide emissions intensity by 30% from a 2005 baseline, by 2020. By opting for low carbon-renewable jet fuel, made from woody biomass, Fed Ex is also on track to obtain 30% of jet fuel from alternative fuels by 2030.
In regards to vehicle efficiency, Fed Ex is aiming to match the vehicle to the mission (i.e. smaller vehicles for smaller deliveries), while also looking to increase global fuel efficiency by 50% from a 2005 baseline by 2025. They have already saved 23 million gallons of fuel and 240,171 metric tons of CO2e emissions avoided worldwide.
Not only this, but similarly to de Le Cuona paper packaging, Fed Ex packaging is 100% recyclable, with 54% of it already being made from recycled content.
It is essential to de Le Cuona that changes are made wherever possible. This is why working with a company with a serious commitment to sustainability and a similar end goal is imperative to de Le Cuona becoming a greener company.
CHARITY: FINE CELL WORK
Fine Cell Work, is a charity and social enterprise which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons, many in collaboration with the country’s leading contemporary designers.
de Le Cuona is proud to support Fine Cell Work, providing thousands of metres of its beautiful linen for high-quality cushions that are hand stitched and embroidered by the prisoners, bringing hope and purpose back into their lives.
‘The 2,500 metres of beautiful fabric donated to Fine Cell Work by de le Cuona will allow us to provide backing and base cloths for almost 4,000 cushions. In 2018, Fine Cell Work worked with over 600 stitchers in prison across the UK, providing purposeful activity which they carry out in their cells
This generous donation of fabric will allow us to provide a year’s worth of work for our stitchers. Teaching prisoners’ high-quality needlework boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives.‘
- Wendy Cramer, Training and Workshops Manager
Currently working in 32 British prisons, and engaging with over 500 prisoners each year, Fine Cell Work addresses key issues affecting prisoners’ offending behaviours: establishment and reinforcement of work skills, building relationships, and mental resilience.
DE LE CUONA PURE: 100% GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC COLLECTION
de Le Cuona, a luxury interior fabric house, is stepping in to the wellness market and looking for like-minded people and businesses to collaborate with.
PIMLICO ROAD; DE LE CUONA’S SUSTAINABLE RETAIL DESTINATION
de Le Cuona is a pioneer of sustainable luxury in interior textiles, knowing the origins of all the raw materials used, from sourcing the finest natural fibres for fabrics right through to designing stylish recycled packaging.
Sustainability is a core part of the brand identity. de Le Cuona’s flagship Pimlico Road store opened in November 2018, and used mostly recycled materials in its design. As opposed to using plastic, the store comprises of stunning pieces made from compressed paper, such as the large play table on the ground floor, ironwork along the railings, concrete, terrazzo and resin. The decision to avoid plastic where alternative materials can be used came from a conscious choice, in founder Bernie de Le Cuona’s attempt to take on the ever-growing plastic pollution issue, currently dominating climate change talks.
Smaller changes have also been implemented in the store. From compostable cups which take approximately 12 weeks to completely decompose, to the recyclable coffee pods and even the pencils used in store; all made from recycled CD cases.
The retail packaging for handmade accessories has been specifically developed with sustainability in mind. Beautiful boxes are made from 100% recycled tactile paper in subtle, neutral shades.
DE LE CUONA FABRIC RECYCLING SCHEME
Our new sample recycling scheme is a small solution to a wider problem. A WRAP study into the composition and re-use potential of household bulky textiles found that of all bulky waste in the UK, around 19% (310,000 tonnes) consists of textiles.