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From initial concepts to the birth of our first products, Lavāda has always held true to certain core tenants that would form the heart of what we do and how we do it.  We adhere to the following 5 principles:  

  1. Stewardship - Being good stewards means we hold ourselves accountable for all the resources that have been entrusted to us. It is our mandate to protect these resources, and to utilize and multiply them in a responsible manner. This includes the materials we work with and the finished products we produce that allow individuals to get as much mileage from them as possible. We believe in making products that are durable and that can transform to get the fullest useful life possible.  
  2. Sustainability - Lavāda is committed to environmental sustainability. This means seeking raw materials, processes, and partners that do less harm to the planet. Our handbags and convertible wallet clutches are currently fashioned from eco-friendly cactus which is a 65% biobased product and has a carbon negative environmental impact. Cacti also require no irrigation and mature leaves grow back in 6 months or so. Moreover, cactus vegan leather has a low Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) coming in at a score of 34.33 compared to animal leather at a score of 335.84. And the water use per square meter is negligible at a score of 0.02 compared to animal leather's 32.95. For our clothing items, we fulfill on demand and utilize EOKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified textiles and dyes to ensure non-toxic garments are being produced without contributing to fast-fashion's overproduction problem. 
  3. Innovation - We believe fashion should be both fun and functional. Cookie cutter approaches to style simply do not work for many consumers. So, we aim to infuse ingenuity in our designs and provide products that will give consumers greater options. 
  4. Human Rights - Our business means nothing if we do not practice fundamental respect for our partners and other individuals involved in our manufacturing and product development. We adhere to the United Nations' "Protect, Respect, and Remedy" framework within the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Fair wages, adequate working conditions, respect, adherence to applicable laws, and mutual trust form the foundation of our interactions.
  5. Giving - Lavāda believes in the law of reciprocity. And as we succeed, we pitch in to help others succeed as well. Therefore, the principle of giving is an important practice in our business. 

Our fundamental priority is to ensure that quality remains paramount while utilizing materials and business practices that allow us to remain mindful of our environmental impact.