Longchamp tries to create pieces that are able to be used in the everyday. They want to make durable items which make the higher price of the items more worthwhile. Since 2019 Longchamp has been creating some products using recycled materials, so it shows that they are considering sustainability within some parts of their business. I believe that the lack of sustainability report or section focused on sustainability on their website indicates that sustainability is not a huge focus for Longchamp.
To question Longchamp’s environmental policy there is an email address. This doesn’t make it easy for the audience to find out information about the environmental impact of Longchamp’s products, so many individuals may not bother.
The bag is made from: polyamide canvas (alongside having an inside coating), brown cowhide trimming and a gold coloured metallic button. The leather comes from animals in Europe, Africa and South America. Longchamp states that: ‘Longchamp ensures that related livestock farming does not contribute to deforestation, particularly in the Amazon rainforest.’ One way that Longchamp could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of each of their products is by using Vegan leather sources. This is as less greenhouse gases are emitted in production.
The standard packaging is aiming for low environmental impact and minimal packaging waste. The packaging is made from recycled materials. The website does not state what is given to package the product or where they have got the recycled products from.
Longchamp have created a recycled version of this product which uses recycled polyamide (nylon) from fishing nets, rugs, carpets and industrial waste.
On the specific product page there is no information about the manufacturing process of the bag.
Longchamp has a repair service (they repair about 60,000 products a year), to restore them and extend the products’ lifespan. In addition to this scheme, Longchamp recycles or reuses 100% of their plastic, paper, cardboard, wood, metals, waste, and canvas scraps. They are trying to create new partnerships with recycling methods. For example ‘regarding packaging and paper, Longchamp favours FSC-certified materials…’ This section surrounding their recycling methods sounds amazing with how much they are doing with waste, but they don’t state what they do with the recycled materials or any examples surrounding their waste reduction methods.
In 2021 Longchamp renovated one of its workshops to have triple glazing. This improved its heat insolation. Longchamp states that all workshops use LED lighting to reduce the amount of electricity and heat used. They have additionally planted trees and hedgerows typical of the landscape in that area surrounding some of the factories in France (this has not happened for all of the factories).
Longchamp also considers that as an international company their employees need to consider their environmental impacts. Longchamp states that employees cannot fly if the journey is less than 4 hours by train. This is a good environmental statement, but that limit doesn’t sound particularly strong in trying to reduce individual environmental impacts. Following this Longchamp states that they think maritime transport of their products is the most environmentally friendly transport method.
Longchamp is a family owned company. They use French workshops to design their products. Longchamp has six production sites in the West of France. Then they also have two production sites abroad in Tunisia and Mauritius. These are the main workshops, however they have ‘partner workshops’ in France, China, Romania and Morocco. Having these partner workshops could mean that they don’t have to follow the company’s guidelines surrounding sustainability for example.
Longchamp states that they are transparent about where the designs are manufactured due to this being displayed within the products.