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Moore & Giles, Inc.

1081 Tannery Row
Forest Virginia
United States
Moore & Giles, Inc.
Leather tanning is one of the oldest sustainable practices in the world as one of the original recycling stories. Modern tanning is a constantly improving process, using mineral or organic methods, becoming more efficient and environmentally friendly. Moore & Giles is proud to offer Olive Green Leather, the most sustainable tanning method to date - with the use of fallen olive leaves in the tanning extract.

Best Practice Achievements

Sustainable Materials
We make a conscious effort to manage our materials selection, seeking materials we are confident are sustainable, such as legally harvested forest products, responsibly produced plantation products, and recycled content:
Recycling and Reclamation
We factor disassembly, recyclability and product reclamation into buying decisions. We offer a product reclamation/product reuse policy:
Return and Reuse
We use recycled or recyclable packing/packaging materials, offer blanket-wrap transportation arrangements for customers and have a carton return/reuse policy:
Chain of Custody
We ask for verifiable chain of custody documents (i.e. legal logging certifications) before buying products containing wood:
Decrease use of Toxic Chemicals
We have decreased our use/acceptance of known toxic chemicals for treatments, binders and finishes, replacing compounds that compromise indoor air quality and are harmful to human health:
Low Environmental Impact Textiles
We are asking our vendors for textiles that have a lower environmental impact, i.e. organic cotton in place of conventionally-grown cotton, as well as seeking other eco-friendly textiles:
Life Cycle Analysis
We are moving forward on doing a Life Cycle Analysis and/or are applying for SMaRT certification:
Local Sourcing
We extract, manufacture and distribute for consumer use within a 500 mile radius for at least a portion of our product line:
Third Party Certifications
We hold third party certifications for some of our products, or as a store, we promote and educate the consumer on the meaning of various third party certifications:
Sharing the Wealth
We take responsibility for sharing our commitment to sustainability up and down our entire supply chain, rewarding our vendors with increased business for partnering with us on sustainability issues:
Social Responsibility Code
We have a written Social Responsibility Code of Contact that is a baseline for employee relations:
Supplier Responsibility
We have written and distributed a Supplier Responsibility Code of Conduct for our vendors and conduct training at our partner facilities on the adoption of same:
Health and Safety Code Compliance
We and our partners meet or exceed all local health and safety codes and can document our health and safety working conditions in all our facilities/stores:
We Pay Living Wages
We pay a living wage rather than minimum wage and extend that around the globe:
We Sponsor Sustainability Events
We have participated in or sponsored in-store, community and/or regional educational events on sustainability and the environment:
We Inspect
We investigate and mitigate any negative environmental impacts from our operations:
Save Paper and Other Office Resources
We save paper and other office resources with a policy expressing an aversion to excess written documentation:
We Use Energy Specialists
We have had an energy specialist or utility company audit to measure our conventional energy usage and are on track to reduce it. We are replacing a portion of the energy we consume with certified renewable energy, either directly, via a program of our local utility, or via Green e-Power:
Updated Inefficient Equipment
We have replaced outdated and inefficient equipment, identified and changed wasteful resource procedures and implemented tighter operational controls:
Energy Efficient Lighting
We have increased the use of day lighting and/or are upgrading to more energy efficient lighting system:
Verified Sustainability Claims
We make only verifiable sustainability claims in adherence with FTC mandates against greenwash and in support of their Environmental Marketing Guides:
Committed to Training
We are committed to conducting training in-house and in the broader community about global climate change and our partnership with the SFC:
In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On reducing energy consumption:

2017: We are working on changing out all lights to LED. We have started in the warehouse and plan to continue on to the offices.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On how we will manage our primary material or service to a more sustainable direction:

2017: We recently partnered with a few of our tanneries to produce new sustainable Olive Tanned leather using the WetGreen Olivenleder technology. We plan to continue to add to the Olive Green portfolio in promoting more sustainable leather manufacturing.

2020: We continue to build upon our Olive Green portfolio. Our 4 lines have each received and upheld a Red List Free Declare Label certification since 2017. This is the most stringent transparency certification to date.

We are part of the Living Product 50 group of manufacturers who are dedicated to transparency and creating an expanded awareness and practice of sustainable and regenerative methods of manufacturing and product specification within the industry.

We are in the process of gathering clean air certifications on multiple products regarding emissions and ingredient transparency for all products.

We continue to work with our tannery partners to build upon their outstanding environmental efforts including their reduced energy and water footprints, sustainable practices and meeting or exceeding REACH regulations.

We continue to encourage our tanneries to be part of the LWG - Leather Working Group which is an organization dedicated to improving Environmental Stewardship within the Leather industry.

We are looking into our packaging practices to identify where we can make changes to be more sustainable.

We are discussing an action plan for sample return or reuse for our clients.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On education and promotion of the sustainability cause:

2017: We intend to educate internally and externally on the sustainability initiatives of our tannery partners and in the new Olive Green tanning technology.

2020: We have joined Leather Naturally - a non-profit organization which focuses on leather education. We are working with them to expand upon the education provided to the industry and end users regarding leather and sustainability.

We will expand our education efforts in all markets virtually with the help of our Director of Education and Sustainability.

We have internal meetings across our global representation, twice a month focusing on leather education and sustainability, in an effort to spread awareness on a higher level via our employees and representatives to their markets and via social media. These efforts will continue and increase.

Our sustainability story has become a focus for the entire company across all divisions as part of our foundation. We will continue to educate and promote the importance of Sustainability within our product line and our collective industries.

We will continue to participate in the SFC panel discussions and seek other opportunities to educate.