Our values

What drives us every day to move forward are our values. We believe that as creators we have a responsibility. To you, our customers, but also as citizens, to the world around us. We are all aware of the urgency in which we are. Waste, climate, energies, worries are multiple.

We have the duty to think again our consumption mode in totality. Our way of feeding, moving around, getting dressed. It's the only way to go.

The environment

Reducing our negative impact on the environment is a reflection conducted since 2016, which brings us today to produce the Arsayo bag in Europe, in Portugal. Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation represent a very important part of emissions (14% according to IPCC report


By reducing distances, we try to minimize the transport of goods.

Produce less. The manufacturing industry is also responsible for pollution. We believe that the fashion and ready-to-wear giants who market 8 to 10 different collections each year are partly responsible for that. We produce less because we think of quality and sustainability first and foremost.

We refuse the use of leather also because of its negative impact. Leather is a by-product of the meat industry, which emits 18% of the world's greenhouse gases. Cattle breeding is responsible for 80% of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. In addition, livestock is the source of many spills of excrement, antibiotics, chemicals in the rivers and oceans. The resources used by livestock to produce 1 kg of leather can have environmental impacts 20 times higher than those needed to produce 1 kg of synthetic materials.

The process of leather tanning is extremely polluting as well: the toxic waste resulting from this treatment is dumped on the ground and pollutes the water tables, causing serious diseases among the inhabitants of the regions where the tanneries are numerous.

Health and respect for workers

In China, India, Bangladesh, Italy, there are many leather tanneries. The demand in the world is huge, to produce much cheaply, working conditions can not be decent. Most of the time, companies do not provide the protections necessary for the safety and health of their employees. Injuries and accidents are common for lack of monitoring and control of the machines used. The labor code and the minimum wages are also poorly respected.

Chromium is widely used daily for leather tanning, this toxic substance causes breathing difficulties for employees. Their life expectancy is not more than 50 years.


It is often forgotten, but the leather comes from different animals that are raised and killed for their skin: cows, calves, sheep, lambs and pigs are the most common, but also horses (leather called "cordovan"), deer, peccaries , ostriches, crocodiles, lizards, kangaroos, dogs, some fish, etc.

These animals are victims of suffering, abuse, confinement, mutilations, and of course, they are slaughtered as soon as they have reached the required age depending on the softness of the desired leather. Young animals such as calves or lambs for example because their skin gives very popular leathers.

Most of the leather available in the world comes from China, where there is no criminal sanction against the abuse of animals that are killed for their skin.

Millions of animals are tortured and killed every year for leather, a completely replaceable material given to the number of alternatives that exist.


Recently, we even discovered how to make apple leather!

Mushroom, pineapple, cork are just a few examples. Synthetic materials that replace leather, like the synthetic PU that we use, are less harmful to the planet and to living beings than any leather of any animal.

It also has additional benefits:

  • Raincoat
  • Resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Scentless
  • Do not fade
  • Does not require maintenance
  • Clean with a damp cloth

New collection

From the spring of 2019, we will unveil a collection entirely made of cork. Cork is natural, soft, light, washable, tear-proof, waterproof and more resistant than leather. Moreover it is a real asset for the ecosystem. A Portuguese proverb says "who thinks of his grandchildren plant a cork oak." The cork oaks (forest, cork oak plantation) have between 130 and 150 different plants, 24 species of reptiles and amphibians, 160 species of cork oak. 37 birds and mammals. Planting and maintaining a cork oak tree is a barrier to desertification as it helps maintain the natural cycle of water and carbon. In fact, cork oaks absorb a lot of CO2, two to three times more than other trees. It is a material with high environmental value. Its exploitation also allows the creation of employment in the Mediterranean regions. To find out more, visit our explanatory page about all the materials we use> internal page link

Learn more about cork production: https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/2010/05/06/le-chene-liege-outil-de-developpement-durable.

All these values have only one objective, to advocate a positive mode of consumption. We live in a world where programmed obsolescence has become the norm, where advertising drives us to buy products that are bad for the planet and sentient beings, and that we do not need. Buy less but buy better. Today activism is not only on the street, but also in our pockets, "to consume a product is to vote for the model of society in which one wishes to live" Brigitte Gothière (Co-founder and spokesperson of the association L214) says it very well, each debit card is a ballot slipped into a ballot box. So choose what you buy with even more hindsight and reflection. Let's be citizens in our shopping cart!

We are committed to finding the most ethical materials to provide you with a beautiful, comfortable, anti-theft, long-lasting Arsayo bag that does not destroy the environment. Sign up for our newsletter to be kept informed of the release of our collection.https://mailchi.mp/arsayo/newsletter

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