as a luxury brand prioritizing sustainability and veganism, we are dedicated to utilizing only top-quality recycled materials and plant-based fabrics. we actively explore the market for cutting-edge materials that align with our handbag designs while reducing our environmental footprint

our materials

MIRUM®

MIRUM® is a categorically unique material class, perfect for luxury accessories, fashion, footwear, automotive, upholstery, and home goods.

completely free from plastic, MIRUM® is made from responsibly sourced natural rubber, plant, mineral pigments, plant-based oils and waxes, and an all-natural fabric backing.

every MIRUM® recipe is unique, tailored for the precise grain, handfeel, and finish designers and brands aspire to.

MIRUM® is recyclable and naturally circular: cutting scraps (including the fabric backer) can be reworked into new panels of MIRUM® or safely returned to earth.

how MIRUM® is made

start with all-natural ingredients

all natural materials such as cork, coconut husk, rice hull, natural rubber, vegetable oils, and minerals determine the aesthetic and performance characteristics of each MIRUM® product

mix & form

during mechanical processing,
ingredients are combined and
shaped into sheets

finish & cure

thick or thin? matte or glossy? traditional leather-like appearance or unexpected patterns and textures? MIRUM® is a designer’s dream. the addition of an optional fabric backer (no plastic required!) provides added structure and functionality for product applications

recycled polyurethane

as there are many levels of Polyurethane, we only work with pre-EU-certified materials that offer the highest quality. in addition, the PU we use is recycled and water-based to offer the most sustainable version of this fabric. the properties of PU are very close to those of real leather in terms of durability, water resistance, and aesthetics. it is lightweight, easy to maintain, and has a soft and supple hand feel.

rPET

our monogram lining material is made from rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate), a fabric produced with recycled plastic bottles. PET is also known as polyester, which is considered to be the most used synthetic fiber worldwide due to its strength and resilience. by incorporating recycled polyester, we contribute to reducing the amount of plastic waste sent to landfills, and it can be further recycled when its lifecycle is complete.

aftercare

taking care of “vegan leather” bags is essential to ensure their longevity and maintain their aesthetic appeal. here are some tips to keep your bag like new.

  1. regularly wipe the surface of the bag with a soft, damp cloth to remove dust and dirt. for tougher stains, you can use mild soap.
  2. when not in use, keep your handbag in your jeane+jax duster bag and store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, radiators, or other sources of heat. stuff the bag with tissue paper to help maintain its shape.
  3. avoid using harsh chemicals on your handbag, such as bleach, acetone, inks, or dyes, as they can damage the material.

by following these care tips, you can help prolong the life of your vegan leather-alternative handbag while also contributing to sustainable fashion practices.

our manufacturers

as a sustainable company, we believe in transparency and strive to provide our consumers with the necessary information to make informed decisions when purchasing our products. We understand that it is crucial to share the origins of our handbags and the foundation of our social values at all stages, including the manufacturing process. therefore, we only collaborate with factories that share our vision for positive change, ensuring our sustainability commitment is maintained while delivering handbags of the highest quality.

Veshin Factory is one of our most valuable manufacturing partners. founded upon five core value objectives of progressive sustainability, transparency, using leather alternatives, raising greater consciousness, and giving back, Veshin prioritizes a collaborative and inclusive approach. Veshin operates as a close-knit family built on a system of trust where each individual is valued and respected. the management fosters long-lasting relationships with their employees, resulting in a stable workforce driven by mutual respect.

this is evident in Veshin's commitment to fair employee wages, strict health and safety practices, and extensive CSR initiatives. Veshin's values align with ours, ensuring that our partnership results in high-quality products that positively impact surrounding communities and the people who create them.

the company has a diverse workforce, with 50% of employees being female and 30% being migrant workers. they have implemented a recruitment procedure to eliminate discrimination, ensuring gender equality is observed in all aspects. the company also ensures that migrant workers have actively chosen to work for them, even though their families live in a different town.

the company views health and safety as a crucial aspect of its operations and considers it a necessary condition without compromise. as part of their commitment to fair treatment of employees, an audit by BSCI shows that they pay their employees 10% higher than the industry standard and 40% higher than the minimum wage requirements set by local laws. the company aims to enable their employees to lead fulfilling lives with the provided means while having enough time to spend with their families.

QUERIESfaqs

what is vegan leather?

the common misconception is that all vegan leather products are made solely from plant-based materials. While plant-based vegan leathers exist, "vegan leather" generally describes any synthetic, manufactured material that does not use animal leather. the term "vegan" was initially used primarily in the food industry, but it has now become a universal term to describe a range of products that are made without using any animal products.

this makes it crucial for companies to be transparent about the materials they use in their vegan leather products and for consumers to ask the right questions to ensure that they know what they are purchasing. merely using the term "vegan leather" does not indicate the specific materials used in the production process, which is why companies need to disclose this information to their consumers. by doing so, they can help to dispel any confusion and ensure that their customers can make informed choices when purchasing their products.

Is all vegan leather sustainable?

no, not all vegan leather is sustainable. while opting for a vegan material can have ethical and environmental benefits, some materials used in the production of vegan leather, such as PVC, can still have harmful impacts on the environment. these materials often release toxic chemicals that accumulate in the air, water, and food chain.

while most vegan leathers are made from plastic-based materials, sustainable options that have less impact on the environment are available. PU
can be recycled and/or water-based, but it is not biodegradable and can only be considered sustainable if properly recycled.

as technology advances, more plant-based fabrics and next-generation materials are being developed that are both vegan and sustainable. at jeane+jax, we strive to lead the vegan handbag industry by actively exploring the market for cutting-edge materials that align with our designs while reducing our environmental footprint.

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