At By Maria we analyse the whole supply chain and its environmental and social impacts. We believe the supply chain has to be transparent allowing and forcing us to think about every detail to increment our capacity and best practices. For By Maria is highly important to have one day a 100% sustainable supply chain.
We always try to source our raw materials locally, supporting Colombia’s economy and industry. Most of the materials can be buying directly in Bogotá avoiding unnecessary transportation. The most important raw product is the leather which is obtained from tanneries with several years of experience. The hides using in those tanneries are by-product of meat production.
Just few materials are imported from overseas suppliers. This happens when we are not able to find an industry that produces the materials locally. Another important factor to buy materials abroad is the control of quality and sustainable production. Our goal is one day to bring the know-how and good practices to each of our suppliers to have a sustainable production.
We have set high standards in eco-friendly manufacturing processing and fair and safe labour practices. In the production of raw material the standards remain being low and sometimes is complicated to find suppliers which fulfil our requirements. However, we use the best-in-class strategy and work with the best suppliers in the market.
We believe that each person has the right to have a good work place with good standards and ambience. By Maria Foundation guarantees our workers a decent work based on the definition of the International Labour Organization. The social securities are cover giving our workers more safety for the present and future. By Maria Foundation provides its workers with trainings and transport’s subventions to visit courses to increase their know-how and general education.
We work with artisans. Since we don’t work with mass productions, our workshops are based with three artisans with experience, two apprentices, and one administrator. At least 2 women should be part of the team in every By Maria Foundation workshop. We are working with national Institutions to include in our workshops people who were displaced during the internal conflict and also ex-combatant which need be re-integrated in the society.
The leftovers of the production are leather, rubber, glues and plastic bins of some products. Some of these products like rubber and leather can be used in other parts of the production. The other leftovers are separated, assorted and giving to the solid waste collection services, which should recycled those.
By Maria Foundation doesn’t have massive production and is concentrated only on-demand orders. This kind of production consumes less energy, raw material and produces also less waste to the environment. Through this practice By Maria Foundation wants to reduce the unnecessary consume of resources and wants also to be part of a new era of sustainable footwear and clothes production.
Packaging & Logistic
Our products are delivered in carton boxes that can be recycled after its use. We try to avoid the use of plastic in our production and packaging. For us is important to find soon packaging supplier in Colombia which use products of 100% recycled paper.
No Stores & Inventories
By Maria is an online platform without physical stores and inventories. Shoes are only produced when the final client make the order on bymaria.ch homepage. In this way, no energy and space are used to their maintenance, unnecessary waste production is avoided, and the logistic to these places is non-existent.
Our products can only be purchased online and are delivered through e-commerce directly to the final client. As the shopping process has to be completed online (without possibility to go to a shop), the gas emissions are approximately 50% lower than that of the traditional shopping process.
We consider that high quality of products contribute with the protection of the environment avoiding the use of cheap and toxic materials. By Maria guarantee products of quality using the best materials and proper technologies for the production.
The product’s quality has to be high to ensure its durability and reduce the environmental impact. The durability of products produces less waste and contamination. Our mission is to provide products with high quality and durability conserving the environment and social good practices.
Our mid-term goal
Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policies
In every business a ton of stuff are needed. The environment impact can also be manage including policies and best practices across all our operations. We want to prioritize products with recycled content and opt for solutions that are recyclable and biodegradable. These policies should be applied for everything for example when office things, cleaning products, shipping materials and manufacturing equipment have to be purchase.
Tracking of environmental footprint
In the business world it is almost impossible to have a production without any carbon footprint. However, every business should pay a compensation for the produced CO2, giving back and replacing to the environment what it has used and spent. We want to do it in the form of offsets. Basically we want help/pay in programs, in exchange for the emission used by our production. This will be done after a competent organization makes an assessment of our production chain.
Better Wages standards for our workers
Every worker should have a salary which provides economic stability in their life. As By Maria Foundation finds itself in the first year of production, all our workers receive theirs payments based on every pair-shoes made. However, we want to give our people more stability and pay a based compensation: First, a fix living wage stipulated for the Colombian Government and second, an extra payment depending on the sales made per month. Thus, By Maria Foundation shoemakers will have economic stability and compensations higher than the living wages.
Better waste management
There is the need to better form of waste manage in the workshops. Our goal is to produce less waste as possible and use more biodegradable products. However, we need more research for better practices in recycling and treatment of the waste.
Recycling end of life Shoes
Although By Maria products are of high quality and long durability, they wouldn’t exist forever. We want to work together with Universities and Institutes to find solutions for treatment and recycling of the shoes after its end life. We know that the most convenient way is to use biodegradable materials, but the technology isn’t ready yet to this kind of production.