At Vallerret our mission is to help photographers overcome the challenges of Winter Photography. In doing so, we produce gloves made for endurance with high performance materials to help photographers thrive even in the harshest winter conditions.
We strive to make the best choices for the environment in production, but any way you look at it, production creates pollution.
We are not perfect and while there is a lot of work to be done, we are excited to be taking great steps forwards in our commitment to conduct as responsible and sustainable business practises as possible - and give back.
Here's what we are currently doing:
We all have a part to play when it comes to sustainability and part of being a sustainable consumer is making sure you get the most out of your products. We are proud of the quality of our gloves and with proper care, they should serve you in your photography adventures for years to come.
Here are our tips for caring for your gloves.
Hand Wash Your Gloves.AndKeep them the far away from the tumble dryer. As the gloves have 100 % merino wool liners, the wool may shrink or twist in the tumble dryer if not handled properly, so don’t take any chances here.
Dry Your Gear. If you’ve been out on a particularly damp photography mission, be sure to hang dry your gloves as soon as you get home to avoid material breakdown and mold.
Cut Your Fingernails. Sound silly? Hear us out! Just like how having long toenails will wear out your socks, having long fingernails will take a toll on your gloves. Our gloves are lined with merino liner which can be delicate. To get the most life out of your gloves, we recommend keeping your nails short to avoid wear and tear to the fingertips.
Only Buy What You Need: Limit Returns & Size Exchanges. We know that shipping our product from country to country takes a toll on our environment. Make sure to consider if you actually want this product and study the sizing chart before you purchase. If you have any questions about the sizing or fit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Customer Support.
From businesses to individuals, there's always a way to get involved and do better. These are recommendations created by professionals and industry experts to share and use freely. We found it to be a great guide, maybe you will too.
1. Tax yourself. Join 1% For The Planet, and commit to donating 1% of your revenue to environmental nonprofits. You do not have to be a business to do this.
3. Offset your footprint. Offsetting your historic carbon emissions and all future emissions surprisingly cheaper and easier than you think. Check out Carbonfund.org and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
4. Surround yourself with experts. Join the OIA Sustainability Working Group and participate in bi-annual meetings.
5. Become an expert yourself. Read OIA’s Social Responsibility Guide.
6. Look under the hood. Ensure your factories (or the factories of the brands you shop with) prioritize worker safety and pay.