About Lavinia Trade

Lavinia Trade is a Danish family-run business that strives to minimise negative environmental impact and prioritise organic, natural products and animal welfare.

The two women behind the brand are mother and daughter duo, Yvonne and Phenia. They seek to offer eco-friendly products that replace existing products made of plastic. The products are durable and long-lasting and are produced according to the Fair Trade principles.

Lavinia Trade contributes to alleviating the burden that our planet suffers today by focusing and conducting business with a sustainable mindset.

The comarché framework

Product lifecycle

Brand sustainability

Lavinia Trade was created by Yvonne and Phenia who were on the search for sponges that were natural instead of made from plastic. On that search, they found Toockies. Toockies produces hand-knit scrubbers made of jute and cotton that are Fair Trade meaning they are part of the effort to empower very poor women in rural areas outside of Kolkata, India.

In 2018, Lavinia Trade took over Toockies and became responsible of continuing the project and of securing work for all these women in North Easthern India. Today, the project has expanded from one village to five villages and have helped realise many dreams that come true with money earnt through knitting.

Lavinia Trade and the Toockies project create a greener world without plastic waste and secure responsible and ethical production. Products are produced by adults, under human conditions and at a fair price. Lavinia Trade have focus on quality, durability and natural materials while at the same time supporting women and their strive for independency in the rural villages of India.

Brand Ethos

Organic, handmade and biodegradable are all keywords for products by Lavinia Trade. Not only are they extremely kind to the environment, they are also produced under good working conditions, supporting women in Northern India.

The Comarché Notes

We love companies that design products to make us change our behavioural patterns for the better! Made to create eco-friendly products that can replace similar already existing products made out of plastic, Lavinia does exactly that. We hope to see even more sustainable, reusable products in the future.

Certifications, councils and pacts

The Brand does not work with any registered certifications. Neither on brand level nor in relation to one or more phases in the Product Life Cycle as depicted in the Comarche Framework.
See here for more information on the framework.

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Brand does not work actively with the Sustainable Development Goals yet.
See all Sustainable Development Goals from the United Nations here.

Sustainable highlights on brand level

  • This indicates that the brand in a developed country operates with fair prices given to the producers of the product in developing countries.

  • This indicates that the brand has taken an active stand in relation to labour relations between workers and employers.

  • This indicates that the brand has actively sought out Fair Working Conditions for the producers of its product(s).

Product Lifecycle

Design

The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.

    Material & Material Extraction

    The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.

      Transportation of Materials

      This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.

        Production

        Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.

          Packaging

          How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.

            Distribution

            This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.

              Usage

              How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.

                End of life

                At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.

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