#SlowCal: California Based Sustainability
Sustainable Production Practices: Our in-house factory
Our vertical business model allows us to make better choices that align with the broader ideas of sustainability. Manufacturing our line of products in Los Angeles allows us complete control over the production process. For us, quality means more than just a well-finished bag or functional coaster, it means incorporating everything from where a material is sourced and how it’s made, to how we treat the people whose art and passion transform it into Graf Lantz products.
What makes Graf Lantz
100% merino wool felt is a natural, biodegradable, renewable material. From its beginnings, the Graf Lantz design strategy was to create a heightened awareness of felt as a sustainable performance textile with attributes that rival modern tech materials for utility and sustainability. Felt is not only beautiful; it is renewable, biodegradable, chemical and cruelty free. Spreading the word has allowed us to align our business and sustainability practices efficiently and effectively.
Vegetable Tanned Leather: a tanning process free of chemicals
We use vegetable tanned hides whenever possible in our products. With the vegetable tanning process, the oldest methods are still used to create high quality leather goods. Hides are soaked in a solution of plant matter (mostly tree bark), which naturally pulls water out and preserves the leather. This process takes up to two months and is watched over closely by skilled artisans.
The natural vegetable tanned leather we use will darken and develop a patina over time with wear and exposure to the sunlight. The richness and beauty of the aging process represent the timelessness we aspire to in our designs.
Products made to last
We are consistently striving to create timeless products that are built to last. Choosing quality materials and sustainable practices over trends and convenience sets us apart and our customers recognize and appreciate the effort.
Waste not want not
The Graf Lantz sustainability and business policies are classic and simple: Use quality materials and waste as little as possible. We work hard to ensure every last scrap and off-cut is utilized somewhere in our product line. This follows our philosophy that true sustainability begins with the choices we make every day.