Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We support the Sustainable Development Goals

What are SDGs and why does Piper & Skye care?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The purpose of the SDGs is to create a blueprint for global peace and prosperity and are intended to be achieved by 2030. 

While individuals can undoubtedly shape progress towards each SDG through personal consumption patterns, product choices, etc., businesses also play a significant role in SDG achievement. Each and every action a business takes is an opportunity to make further progress towards SDG achievement. 

How does Piper & Skye conceptualize the SDGs?

Rather than spread ourselves too thin by focusing on all 17 goals, Piper & Skye has mapped out our entire organizational structure including every touchpoint with suppliers, employees, customers, and the environment.

We then asked ourselves, “Given the nature of our business, which of the 17 SDGs do we have the greatest opportunity to make a positive impact?” The result was the list provided below containing our Primary Focus SDGs. These SDGs represent how our efforts are rooted into our corporate ethos, as well as company values; respect, responsibility and community.

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Our Primary Focus SDGs

SDG #2: End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition, and Promote Sustainable Agriculture

The flagship material of Piper & Skye’s luxury handbags is pirarucu. An Amazonian fish native to Brazil, pirarucu is a food source for individuals living in small fishing towns. The skin of the pirarucu is usually thrown in the trash or burned after harvesting resulting in increased waste and carbon emissions. By utilizing this food by-product in the design of our sustainable handbags, Piper & Skye directly increases the income of local fishermen. This additional income can be used by these fishermen to achieve greater food security and improved nutrition. Furthermore, by making use of the whole fish, rather than just the meat, a more sustainable form of agriculture is achieved. (Read more)

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SDG #8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work

One of our primary objectives when selecting a material from which to craft our luxury handbags was selecting one that allowed us to make a positive economic difference in the lives of underprivileged individuals. Piper & Skye’s direct partnership with local Amazonian fishing communities allows us to do just that. With a consistent and predictable demand for pirarucu leather resulting in more productive employment, these communities can achieve more sustained and sustainable economic growth. (Read more)

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SDG #12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Economic development throughout the 20th century has been tainted by accompanying widespread environmental destruction. The primary catalysts of this destruction have been overconsumption and a lack of product circularity. The emergence of ‘fast fashion’ has resulted in landfills becoming clogged with apparel and accessories that consumers are led to believe is only wearable for one season. In the design of all our handbags, Piper & Skye considers sustainable consumption and production objectives at all stages of the product life cycle. From selecting materials with a low carbon footprint, to our Green Office Policy, and circularity projects, we work towards sustainable consumption and production patterns in all aspects of our business. (Read more)

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