Sustainability

MAKING AN IMPACT

Here at Mela, we truly care about doing good in this world. In fact - it’s our #1 passion and what drives us to take bold steps in our business. When it comes to making positive and impactful changes in our environment and for generations to come, we don’t mess around. So we thought, why not make a change with every purchase? Let’s make those dollars count. And that’s exactly why we’ve partnered with +Purpose, an innovative company that has made giving back and doing good easier than ever.
It’s crazy simple. With every Mela purchase, you’ll receive 10% back to invest in one of these worthy causes.
NILUS - Investing in this cause means you can help low-income neighbourhoods get access to the food they so desperately need. Nilus works with local farmers and distributors to make sure good, healthy foods don’t end up in landfills (just because of visual imperfections or upcoming expiration dates). Instead, they’re getting this food to the people who truly need it.
COMMUNITY VISION - Investing in this cause means you’re playing a vital part in uplifting communities that have been held back by racial and discriminatory policies. The goal of Community Vision is to support community-driven solutions and ongoing efforts to build wealth and opportunity for every individual. Straight to the point?! Buy your favourite Mela goods, and get money back to invest in the change you want to see in this world.
Look fabulous while making an impact!

FASHION WITH A PURPOSE

Our Italian vegan leather goods are handmade by talented artisans in Florence, Tuscany in a small family-owned factory that’s been in business for over 50 years. Carbon footprint is a big deal to us — so prioritizing our environment always comes first. That’s why we’re ecstatic that our AppleSkin provider is literally right down the road from this family-owned factory helping us to minimize our footprint. It doesn’t get much better than that!
We’re proud to use AppleSkin for our vegan leather, a new and ingenious material made with apple waste from the fruit juice industry. Natural, lively, unrefined, and guilt-free — with zero negative impact on animals, people, and our world.
By using AppleSkin, and putting our whole heart into crafting every individual piece, we’re able to deliver gorgeous and bold designs for a look that is both ethical and timeless.

AppleSkin

The Journey Through
Sustainability

These apples are used to make juices, jams, and other food products. If the waste isn’t used, it’s destroyed or ends up in landfills. High costs of waste management and impacting the environment, no thank you!

Waste from the food chain is then recovered — and given new life in the form of apple powder. Revolutionary!

It all begins in South Tyrol, Italy, with the cultivation of apples destined for the food industry.

It all begins in South Tyrol, Italy, with the cultivation of apples destined for the food industry.

Apple waste is estimated to be about 30,000 tons — insane!
Did you know that apple solids are ideal for up-cycling? Well, they are. And that’s what we do!

This powder is then used by Mabel (the creators of AppleSkin), to create a 100% organic material that doesn’t use any by-products. The result? Durable, sustainable, cruelty-free, vegan leather.

Mela’s vegan leather goods are the perfect accessory to elevate your bold, eco-conscious, gorgeous self! Be bold, be you, and change the world with every purchase.