Green Line - The most beautiful way to conserve resources
For us, PICARD, values such as mindfulness of resources and our environment are particularly close to our hearts. Therefore, we have decided to develop a "Green Line". These series are particularly nature-friendly and made of sustainable materials. Our Green Line is PICARD quality as it is known and appreciated. For us, sustainability does not mean that the designs look green, brown and boring. On the contrary, the "Green Line" series are very modern and at least as stylish as our other lines. Our "Green Lines" are composed of the following collections: The Sassari collection, which is made on the basis of LEFA; the Palermo collection, which is made of recycled plastic; and the Wave collection, which is made of biodegradable leather.
LEFA: CONTEMPORARY AND CERTIFIED
LEFA leather fiber is obtained from leather scraps and consists of 90% renewable raw materials. In leather production, large quantities of leather fibers (shavings) are produced during folding, which are used for LEFA production. LEFA is therefore a sensible use of resources because it is produced from production waste from leather manufacturing. The so-called "bonded leather" (English name for LEFA) is durable and forms a similarly beautiful patina as real leather. What used to be offcuts, we can now process into contemporary collections that are almost on a par with real leather. The base material of this collection is already certified with Standard 100 by OEKO TEX®. This means that the collection has been tested for health safety and the production facilities have been tested for socially and environmentally compatible production conditions.
UP- & RECYCLING
The perfect way to return materials to the recycling loop in a variety of ways is so-called upcycling. In this process, resources can be conserved and already existing materials can be processed into high-quality and stylish bags. In upcycling, waste/by-products (such as leather) are upgraded and become a new product. This contemporary thought has inspired us to create a timelessly beautiful collection. In the process of recycling, fabrics that have already been used are revalued. Already existing fabrics are reused and recycled. The Palermo series proves how beautiful and stylish sustainability can look.
In the Palermo collection, similar to LEFA, resources can be conserved through the process of recycling. Here, recycled plastic gets a new purpose. The collection components are recycled, solvent-free plastic and water-based plastic. In addition, polyester and polyurethane recycled by consumers is repurposed and can be reused.
The leather in the Wave collection is tanned without chrome or metal, making it 100% biodegradable without harming the environment in the process. This means that final products can be biodegraded without releasing pollutants into the soil. The use of chemicals has been reduced from six to one, which makes a significant difference in terms of sustainability. Due to shorter process phases, less energy is required. In addition, less water than usual is needed for dyeing and the water used for dyeing can be reused in the subsequent lime process. Salt residues in the used water are reduced by at least 80% in the Wave collection production process, as no additional salt is added in the process.
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
We are a family business based on values such as traditional craftsmanship, the highest quality, and respect for people and the environment.
This includes sustainability in economic, ecological and social terms. Not as lip service, but as a lived program and practiced guideline for our actions.
The responsible use of our planet and its resources is essential for the survival of future generations. That is why we understand sustainability as the principle of not consuming more than can grow back, regenerate or be provided in the future.
PICARD complies with the REACH regulation for all chemical substances. The REACH Regulation ("Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals") of the European Union was enacted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from risks that may arise from chemicals. All leather processed by PICARD is tested. Our factories are also inspected on a rotational basis by the experts of the PFI Group (Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V. ).
When it comes to the use and disposal of chemicals - for example for the tanning of leather - we adhere to European standards worldwide, even if local requirements are often much less stringent.
For example, our only leather supplier in Bangladesh is one of the one percent of companies connected to the Water Treatment System: Only purified and treated water is returned to the water cycle.
Where possible, PICARD relies on renewable energy. For example, we generate electricity at our headquarters in Germany using photovoltaics.
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OUR CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
WE ARE PICARD
Even though everyone is talking about sustainability today, as a company that mainly works with natural materials, it has been on our minds for decades.
Passing on traditional craftsmanship from generation to generation forms the foundation of PICARD. That is why the training of young people is still part of our corporate DNA today