ENVIRONMENTAL FRAMEWORK – SUSTAINABLE RAW MATERIALS
Kmana uses one piece of full-grain cow leather or sheep leather for each bag, ensuring fewer seams and improved durability. The leather used is a by-product of the food industry. It is locally sourced and comes from the finest family-run tanneries in East Java, Indonesia.
The brand mostly uses vegetable tanned leather and has recently incorporated minimally processed chrome-tanned leather for the lightweight bags which also retains the natural characteristics of the original hide. The brand is also committed to developing a vegan line, free from materials like PVC or polyurethane. Tannins used to tan the vegetable-tanned bags are found in the local tree, barks, roots and leaves.
Besides the leather, all the other elements of the Kmana bags are hand-made, traceable and, to the maximum extent possible, ethically sourced. The lining is created from traditional weaves made of organic cotton. The brand uses recycled cardboard boxes and other packaging materials. Dust bags to protect the leather bags and accessories are made of bamboo.
ENVIRONMENTAL FRAMEWORK – ZERO WASTE TARGET
Kmana aims to be zero waste by the end of 2019. The brand keeps its stock to a minimum, prioritising small batch production to ensure the lifespan and quality of each bag and minimize its impact on the environment. Kmana is also making small accessories with the remaining leather to ensure all the cow-hide is used. The water used in the tanning process is reused, for instance for watering, as it only contains vegetable tannins.