RECYCLED MATERIALS AT LONGCHAMP
Longchamp makes use of various initiatives in reducing its impact on the environment.
Since 2019, Longchamp has launched several product lines using recycled materials:
LE PLIAGE, FULLY RECYCLED FROM 2023
For Le Pliage Line, Longchamp aims to use only canvas produced by recycling come 2023.
LE PLIAGE ENERGY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ECONYL, IN 2022
This modern and unisex line brings creativity together with eco-friendly design. Inspired by sportswear, it integrates ingenuity by way of all its practical details and is innovative in its use of Econyl fabrics.
The body of the bag is made from Econyl canvas, which is certified recycled polyamide, commonly known as nylon. The recycled polyamide comes from various sources, including : fishing nets, rugs, carpets and industrial waste.
LONGCHAMP EYEWEAR, AN EFFORT TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY WITH PLANT-BASED RESIN
Some of the key frames of the Longchamp Eyewear Collection are made with plant-based resin. Plant-Based Resin is made from castor-bean oil, a cleaner alternative to standard petroleum-based plastics. Throughout its portfolio, Longchamp is introducing lightweight and durable quality frames made with at least 45% plant-based resin. The process begins when the castor plants are harvested for their beans. Oil is pressed from the beans and turned into pellets which are melted and injected into eyewear frames.
GREEN SINCE 2021
In 2021, Longchamp broke new ground with a new recycled version of its iconic Le Pliage Original design.
Available in 4 colours, Ocean Blue, Forest Green, Terracotta Red and Snow White, the body of the bag is made from recycled polyamide, commonly known as nylon. The recycled polyamide that makes up the canvas for the Le Pliage Green comes from diverse sources, including: fishing nets, rugs, carpets and industrial waste.
It offers a second and more noble life to the materials used (GRS 4.0 Certification).
SIGNATURE SINCE 2019
Unique to Longchamp, this innovation masterfully combines creativity, technological innovation and recycled material.
The body of the bag and the strap are both made from recycled polyester. For each model, there is an equivalent number of recycled plastic bottles (10 bottles for the smallest models and 24 bottles for the largest). Similarly, the sublimation letter printing process requires no water consumption, which is unusual in the industry.
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.