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Leather vs Synthetic

Why we choose leather. A synthetic (chemically produced) handbag will always win the debate against a leather handbag for most vegans and we totally respect their decision for this, but below we hope to give you some fresh information about each choice when purchasing a new handbag.    Synthetic    The majority of the industry uses PU (Polyurethane) which has two big ethical challenges 1. It is non recyclable and 2. It is non biodegradable.    On average after one year of full use a synthetic bag will break in key places - The handles, seams or zip closure. When...

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Why is using New Zealand Leather important to BLACK MOON ◐ ?

Our BLACK MOON leather hides come from New Zealand Anzco Beef Cattle and are reared in some of the worlds best conditions. The free range cows graze on lush green pastures with the industry being closely monitored with tough regulations enforced around animal rights /welfare.  On paper it sounds like these statements would be standard world wide - but in fact we are the minority. New Zealand farmers are known for their love and respect of cows and having grown up in Taranaki, I know first hand that our animals lead a good life. This was the first step in understanding each...

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BLACK MOON Re-usable Tote Journey

BLACK MOON Re-usable Tote Journey

It took us a while to decide on making a re-usable tote as our BLACK MOON dust bag. The two big hurdles to get over were:

Were they needed? We didn’t want to be putting more 'things' out into the world if they were not necessary.       

Could we make them in a 'BLACK MOON' way? We wanted to maintain our brand ethos of transparency, local production + ethical materials. 

We rolled back and forth on the idea and finally decided yes, we definitely did want to help preserve your BLACK MOON leather bag but it had to be our way. Find out how we did it here!  

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#whomadeyourbag

#whomadeyourbag

Meet Guy + Lee, owners of a small Melbourne factory we work with to produce BLACK MOON accessories. The company formed in 1983 and since then Guy + Lee have had many highs & lows. They have seen the local industry when it was thriving in the 70's + 80's and they have seen the industry slowly die when the government lifted the Chinese import tax in the 70's. The thing we love most about working with Guy + Lee is their shared passion for the art, and it's a privilege to listen to their wealth of knowledge.  Below are snippets of an interview Amy the founder carried out when she was down in Melbourne earlier this year.
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What actually is ethical leather, and why is it important?

What actually is ethical leather, and why is it important?

We think its important to understand and question what 'ethical' means to your favourite brands.  With transparency and accountability we're sure there will be a bigger movement towards a more sustainable future.  In the words of Vivienne Westwood "Buy less, choose well."
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