Harmonica Sustainable Approach

Our vision is to shift the way people think about fashion. 
To recognize the ethical and environmental benefits of acquiring higher-quality goods at a reasonable price developing sustainable models of production through a multicultural partnership is crucial for communities and our planet. 

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OUR VALUES

We want people to rethink their relationship with fashion. Instead of consuming fashion as entertainment, our goal is to encourage people to consider the function and value of it in their lives. We stand for: 
  • Fairness
  • Loyalty, 
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Team Work
  • Leadership
  • Kindness.
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TRANSPARENCY

Fast fashion is damaging not only the environment but the people who produce it. We consider slow fashion as the only sustainable future for the industry and the planet. Of the one hundred billion clothing items produced annually, 20 billion textiles end up in landfills every year. Some soles may last up to 1,000 years in a landfill and about 90% of shoes still end up in landfills. One way to prevent this would be to recycle them. We are committed to creating hand-crafted, high-quality products that are non-polluting and sustainably sourced.  

WE USE SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS 

GOODYEAR WELT
Goodyear welting is a long-lasting and eco-friendly way of building a shoe. This construction is used to attach the upper of the shoe to the sole of the shoe. The welt (a leather strip) gets sewn to the upper before it's attached to the sole and runs along the perimeter of the shoe's sole, and the strip gets sewn to the sole to connect both. It improves the shoe's water-resistance and makes it far easier for the shoes to be resoled. It extends the life expectancy of our boots significantly. Making them eco-friendly and ethically made.
LEATHER SOLES
All our boots have leather soles with either natural rubber heels or an extra layer of natural rubber for an excellent grip on slippery surfaces.
CREPE RUBBER SOLES
We choose to use them in some of our shoes because of their excellent properties. It comes from the Pará rubber tree (originated in South America) Its latex is extracted from the tree's trunk and is a major source of natural rubber. This makes our Crepe soles durable, soft, flexible, lightweight and biodegradable.
FULL GRAIN LEATHER
Our shoes are made from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather. Our leather is a byproduct of the meat industry and we only used leather from certified tanneries. Vegetable tanning is one of the main sustainable leather production methods in use today. This technique involves using natural vegetable tannins to alter the protein structure of the hide, helping to preserve, strengthen and give colour to the hide.

Although Harmonica is focused on sustainability, we are aware we are far from perfect. We can do better together. 

We understand that a Sustainable business must meet “the needs of present generations without compromising the needs of future generations.” However, it is impossible to be a sole source of sustainability without the support of other businesses, organizations and our society. 


 People and organizations consume resources and create waste, so in a perfect world, we all should work towards building businesses and communities based on a “circular economy” which allows minimal waste (or even zero waste) and cost-effective benefits. It is a vision and proposal that involves a lot of effort, connections and resources. 


However, we recognize the benefits and impact that conceives and we are committed to not only dreaming about it but accomplishing it. 

Cinthia & Carlos Mirada

Founders