Our Sustainability Approach
Melina Bucher is on the mission to make the fashion world a cruelty-free, more sustainable place. Sustainability is therefore one of our core values and central for every business decision we make. As sustainability has many meanings, on this page we inform you which measures we take to embrace sustainability in our whole value chain.
As seen in Vogue: We are proud to be selected by Vogue Germany as 1 of 10 brands to find your favourite sustainable handbag.
We use innovative and luxurious materials for our handbags. Before launching a new product line, we evaluate many different fabrics based on their design features, durability and environmental impact. We are also actively involved in material development with different startups and work in research projects with German universities concerning sustainable material technology.
Melina Bucher aims to redefine the definition of luxury by using innovative materials that outperform traditional leather. The vegan leather we use today is a high-performance material from the automotive industry. It consists of different, carefully considered layers: a cotton fabric backed with a thin PU and vinyl layer. The vegan leather is highly durable, yet soft to touch. It is water-repellent, stain resistant and easy to clean. Contrary to many beliefs and according to scientific studies, synthetic leather has only around a fifth of the environmental impact of traditional leather. Learn more about the environmental impact of leather in our magazine.
GOTS organic cotton
For our lining and accessories, we use GOTS certified organic cotton. Organic cotton on average only needs a fraction of water and energy compared to conventional cotton. The GOTS standard also ensures that no pesticides and chemicals were used in the production process. A quality difference you can feel.
Even though studies show that synthetic leather is the better choice when comparing the environmental impact to animal leather, we know that both have problems in terms of biodegradability. Therefore, we are actively involved in material development projects. Our major goal is to launch the first circular bags made of fully plant-based leather.
Transparent Supply Chain
The fashion industry needs to become more transparent. With our label, we commit to full transparency and attach great importance to traceable supply chains and a partnership network. Our interactive transparency map allows you to discover more about every step of the supply chain.
Melina Bucher works with the best artisan craftsmen in Europe, ensuring products of exceptional quality. Because we only work with small, highly experienced manufactories, they are naturally also GOTS and Oeko-Tex certified. However, because certifications do not always hold what they promise, we are in constant exchange with our manufacturers to further improve environmental performance. Learn more about our manufacturing process!
Short Transport Links
Our handbags are handcrafted in a 100% European supply chain. To reduce transport routes even furtheer, we concentrate our material procurement and production in one area. This prevents us from sending our bags around the world several times for different steps of the manufacturing process.
Products made to last
Melina Bucher rethinks luxury by combining ethics with high-end design aesthetics. We want to promote a new way of luxury which is not only an alternative but constitutes the modern, innovative approach to fashion. Our products merge smart design and sustainability. We intentionally developed a counter model to fast fashion; Melina Bucher bags are engineered to last a lifetime.
Melina Bucher handbags are carefully developed in Germany and characterized by a timeless, sustainable design. Longevity and multifunctionality play a central role in our collection. We concentrate on a small selection of key pieces which complement your wardrobe. To reduce transports and material waste to a minimum, we design our collections in 3D.
Melina Bucher creates handbags that set a statement – highest quality products, uniting ethics and aesthetics. As the most sustainable thing to do is to buy less, we ensure that from material selection, to design and manufacturing, every step ensures durability of our handbags. The meticulous Melina Bucher design process follows the highest quality and ethical standards resulting in products made to last.
Upcycling Dust Bags
Our signature dust bag keeps your precious Melina Bucher bag safe and is also an eyecatcher!
Dust bags tend to just lie around once you unwrapped your bag. Melina Bucher gives them a second life by upcycling them in an eco-friendly manner. Our dust bags have handles and are designed as additional shopping bags you can use for grocery shopping.
Transport and Packaging
Short Transport Links
Our handbags are handcrafted in a 100% European supply chain. To reduce transport routes, we concentrate our material procurement and production in one area. This prevents us from sending our bags around the world several times for different steps of the manufacturing process.
As Melina Bucher considers itself a vegan company, we only use animal-friendly and sustainable materials for our packaging: your Melina Bucher handbag is shipped in a exclusive cardboard box. Our shipping boxes are made out of recycled paper and wrapped with paper-based tape with vegan glue.
Sustainable Print Products
All our print products, including postcards and business cards, are produced locally in Germany. They are made out of recycled materials and are vegan certified. Our printing partner is Blauer Engel certified and has the same high demands for sustainability as we have. They are a zero emission facility by using waste heat from the printing processes and solar energy. In the Melina Bucher headquarter we also use vegan and recycled paper for our business paperwork.
CO2 neutral shipping
All our handbags are transported to us on the street, which only needs a fraction of the emissions of air or sea shipments. Melina Bucher handbags are send to you with CO2 neutral shipping with DHL or DPD (offsetting CO2 emissions).
Melina Bucher was founded on the cores of aesthetics and empathy. We are on a mission to combine finest craftsmanship and smart design with compassion and sustainability. Our bags are designed in Germany with meticulous attention to detail within a fully transparent European supply chain. All products are 100% vegan (PETA-approved) and made with innovative materials that outperform traditional leather, aiming to redefine the definition of luxury.