Here at Lost Little One, we refer to our products as being ‘ethically made’.
But what does ethically made mean to us?
All of the leather that used for Lost Little One is the bi-product of the food industry. The goats are farmed by a Shepard and roam freely around the backstreets of the Marrakech Médina. When the animal is used for food, the skin is preserved and used for leather, which is vegetable tanned using only natural recourses, meaning there is no chemical pollution or harm done to the workers or mother nature. The skins are de-haired and the hair is washed and passed onto local women who use it to weave traditional Moroccan carpets. All procedures are completed without the use of machines, which is undoubtedly hard, however provides work to local, skilled artisans. The parts of the animal that cannot be used for food, leather or carpets are fed to other stray animals, like the many cats roaming the streets of Marrakech.
It is of the upmost importance, that we are supporting the local trade in Morocco as well as small businesses in Melbourne. In Morocco I choose to work with a small independent company located just outside the city walls in Marrakech, together they join forces with the local tannery and artisans to produce leather goods sourced and made the traditional Moroccan way. I travel to and from Morocco to ensure that all of the practices adhere to our values and that our business is supporting local Moroccan people and artisanal practices.
Using the same approach here in Melbourne, I only join forces with small, independent, local businesses to turn my vision into a reality.