Longchamp and the environment
Our family-owned and human-sized company is strongly influenced by our artisan culture, our love of beautiful materials and our respect for each other’s work. This background and these values form the basis of Longchamp's sustainable development policy. As a manufacturer, our responsibility starts with the French workshops, where special attention has always been paid to the processing of materials and the production procedures.
Where are Longchamp products manufactured ?
Since it was founded in 1948, Longchamp has opened six production sites in the West of France (in Mayenne, Vendée, Maine-et-Loire and Orne). Talented men and women have sustained the leather craftsmanship of this family business for over 70 years. These sites employ over 800 people with rare expertise, spread across 25 workshops. In addition to this factory network are two production sites abroad, in Tunisia and Mauritius. Finally, the brand also makes use of partner workshops in France, China, Romania and Morocco. Regardless of the geographic location of the workshops, "made by Longchamp" ensures the consistent manufacturing of products that all meet the same quality standards. Moreover, Longchamp is transparent about where its designs are assembled, displaying the information on the labels inside its bags.
Why does Longchamp combine quality and environmental responsibility?
Like all skilled craftspeople, Longchamp is committed to long lasting products. This is the House’s first commitment towards the environment: ensuring that its customers can preserve their purchased items for a long time, take care of them, and transmit them. Moreover, because Longchamp feels responsible for its products long after they have left the boutiques, the House is proud to ensure that they can be repaired, whenever possible. To this end, a repair service - processing 60,000 products each year, some of which are very old - is available to customers. Taking charge of used or accidentally damaged products, restoring them, and extending their lifespan by several years, is not only satisfying to customers, it also helps to preserve the environment. Longchamp has always considered that a beautiful product should be repairable, and that giving it a second life is a source of pride.
WHERE DO THE LEATHERS USED BY LONGCHAMP COME FROM?
Longchamp’s leathers come from animals raised in Europe, Africa, and South America. Longchamp ensures that related livestock farming does not contribute to deforestation, particularly in the Amazon rainforest. These hides are processed by the best tanners in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Uruguay, and Brazil.
Is there fur in the Longchamp collections?
The House no longer uses exotic species or farmed fur-bearing animals in the manufacture of its collections. Biodiversity, wildlife, exotic species, and endangered animals are a concern for Sophie Delafontaine, Artistic Director, who now prohibits their use in the Longchamp collections. The leathers Longchamp uses to manufacture its products exclusively come from animals, both ovine and bovine, primarily intended for food consumption.
Are Longchamp’s leather tanning activities environmentally friendly?
Longchamp’s partner tanneries use high-performance water treatment systems. Following a circular economy approach, by-products from tanning are often reused directly by the tannery or recycled via third parties. Ensuring healthy and quality products has always been essential for Longchamp. The brand is strongly committed to manufacturing safe products, free of chemicals that could harm the health of the House’s customers or employees. To support its partner tanneries in the environmental certification process, Longchamp draws on the expertise of an independent body, the Leather Working Group. In 2020, 90% of leather purchases by Longchamp were already made from tanneries certified by the LWG, with a target of 100% by 2023.
HOW DOES LONGCHAMP ENSURE CONTROL OVER ITS SUPPLY CHAIN?
Loyalty is at the heart of the relationship between Longchamp and the various suppliers in its supply chain. The House has fostered a stable partnership with its suppliers of leather, textiles, buckles, accessories, and packaging - many of whom have been working with the House for more than thirty years. This long-term collaboration guarantees consistency in production and sustainable product quality. Like Longchamp, these suppliers are family businesses. The House maintains close ties with its suppliers. Based on trust and mutual respect, these privileged relationships allow Longchamp to commit to environmental responsibility throughout its production cycle.
What are Longchamp’s efforts towards waste reduction?
The House is engaged in a process of continuous progress and improvement regarding waste management in its workshops, boutiques, and head offices around the world. Their waste recovery rate is one of the key indicators, monitored by the House’s Quality and Environment Department. In 2020, our workshops were able to recycle or reuse 100% of their plastic waste, 100% of their paper and cardboard waste, 100% of their wood waste, 100% of their metals and 100% of the canvas scraps from our "Le Pliage" bags. Dedicated teams are forming partnerships with various organizations to develop new innovative recycling solutions. Regarding packaging and paper, Longchamp favors FSC-certified materials, an ecolabel that guarantees sustainable forest management, the well-being of forest workers, the protection of biodiversity, and the preservation of the rights of indigenous populations. Whenever it is possible, the brand recycles diverse materials such as scrap leather, textiles, pallets, cardboard, plastic, paper, etc., to give them a second life. Dedicated teams are setting up partnerships with various organizations to develop innovative recycling solutions. The development and production teams are also exploring the use of recycled materials in the collections.
What measures are Longchamp implementing to reduce its energy consumption and CO2 emissions?
To limit lighting needs, Longchamp’s workshops are designed to favor as much natural light as possible. The House also implements innovative insulation, heating, and air conditioning solutions to reduce its energy consumption. In 2021, Longchamp fully renovated the 8.000 m2 facades of its workshops in Segré. The triple glazing of the new high thermal performance facades also allows for more natural light. All Longchamp boutiques, as well as workshops, are gradually switching to LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption and heat input. For an international company like Longchamp, air transport, both passenger and freight, is a significant cause of greenhouse gas emissions. To limit its impact, all Longchamp employees around the world have given up flying for all their trips that don’t exceed 4 hours by train. In parallel, the company is developing teleworking and video conferencing solutions to reduce travel needs. To transport its goods, Longchamp favors maritime transport – recognized as the least polluting solution – and limits the use of air transport as much as possible. Regarding its road transport needs, the House favors service providers that try to reduce their environmental impact through the use of hybrid, electric, and natural gas vehicles. Since it was established, Longchamp has attached great importance to the architectural quality of its production sites and their integration into the surrounding environment. Over the years, 12,500 trees have been planted around our workshops, helping to further reduce their carbon footprint. The hedgerows typical of the landscape of western France are being preserved and maintained, benefiting biodiversity. Since 2019, another 85 different tree species have been planted, including a traditional high-stem orchard.
IS LONGCHAMP COMMITTED TO PURSUING INNOVATION?
One of the founding acts of the brand is seeking solutions through innovation and design. The first Longchamp product – the leather covered pipe – was an innovation in itself, and it was the original casing that made it a success. Every day, Longchamp staff test, optimise and develop new and innovative projects. These efforts are now geared towards research into processes and raw materials that can help minimise products’ ecological impact. So for the Le Pliage bag, Longchamp staff developed a new canvas, both sides of which are made of recycled polyester derived from plastic waste (mainly recycled bottles). The customisable canvas is printed at our workshops in the Maine-et-Loire using a process that does not consume water. The launch of the "My Pliage Signature" bag is one of the outcomes of this undertaking, which involves putting innovation at the service of the environment. Following the same principle, the Green District and Le Pliage Green ranges are made from recycled polyamide canvas. Longchamp aims to use only canvas produced by recycling come 2023.
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