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In line with our brand values of unique creativity, timeless and contemporary luxury, handcrafted in Italy; we are proud of our commitment to social, employee and environmental responsibility, using our creativity and innovation to address challenges and contribute to change. As our company grows and evolves, so will our practices.
Our commitment to the environment and to investing in sustainable business practices involves seeking to minimise energy usage wherever possible, which contributes to the reduction of our total carbon footprint. We have a stated aim, as we grow, to measure our carbon footprint and to be carbon neutral in the next three years.
We are constantly looking at ways to minimise our packaging while still protecting our products and we use recycled paper in our giftbags. Our giftboxes are 100% recyclable and reusable and our outer packaging used for shipping is 100% recycled material. We use soy ink for printing boxes and bags which is more environmentally friendly than traditional inks, making it easier to recycle the paper.
We eliminate unnecessary transportation by using warehouses and facilities in regions where we distribute high volumes of product, in Europe and the USA. By having two warehouses we can ensure we are as close to our customers as possible.
Our bags are designed to last a lifetime, and we have a warranty that covers all manufacturing faults for the first twelve months. Storing and caring for your product will mean it will last and get better with age.
Supply chain and materials
We ensure that we know where our Italian leathers and materials come from, and that the source is environmentally and socially responsible. We work with the best Italian tannery who is accredited and audited against the Leather Working Group environmental auditing protocol and is certified by ICER for environmental management systems and is ISO 14001:2004 compliant. We select only the best parts of the cow hides, and they are not printed so the end result is second to none in terms of quality. We ensure that great precision goes into the cutting process to minimise wastage.
We work collaboratively with our partners to make sure that work environments, health and safety are a top priority. We visit our suppliers to inspect their facilities and they sign contracts to prevent such unethical things as child labour or trafficking.
We have strategically chosen two charities that are close to our hearts and values as founders. We have been supporting these charities since their inception and our aim is to continue to support these charities as they continue to grow. We do support other charities and auctions which we feel we have a strong emotional connection to on an ad-hoc basis
The Walkabout Foundation was established in 2009 by siblings Luis and Carolina Gonzalez-Bunster. The not-for-profit is funding research for a cure for paralysis and donating customised wheelchairs to people in need around the world, with over 10,000 delivered thus far. meli melo has been supporting The Walkabout Foundation since its launch.
Read more at https://uk.walkaboutfoundation.org/
The Aeolian Island Preservation Fund is a fund set up in 2016 to protect the waters in and in the Mediterranean where our Founder was born and raised. The charity had its first big win in 2017 with the banning of large scale industrial fishing around the islands, and now the fund is trying to reduce the consumption and wastage of plastics for example banning the use of plastic straws which cause so much damage to the fish and surrounding coral reefs.
Read more at http://www.aeolianpreservationfund.org/
Careers and equal opportunities
We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities. We aim to attract the best talent and engage our employees by providing opportunities to succeed personally and professionally in a supportive, positive, and diverse working environment. Every contribution makes an impression that is part of something growing and unique.
We have grown our business quickly over the past few years, and it has not always been easy to find and attract the right talent to our business, as the business is very fluid and dynamic. However, our team now all share in our ethos which is to challenge the unconventional, never take no for an answer, be intellectually inquisitive, have an open and creative mind and above all, never lose your individuality.