Valija has always been a brand that cares about its community. For years, we've been focused on the personal and professional growth of our employees. We have trained our employees to re-use all resources of paper and cartons before recycling. As a team, we visited the Puerto Rican environmental foundation OPAS (Organización Pro Ambiente Sustentable) for a series of talks and workshops. There, not only did we learn how to recycle properly, but we also learned how improper waste management can affect us locally. This reaffirmed our mission to be part of the solution... a sustainable one.
In addition to our various initiatives, we've launched a series of Zero Waste items made from leftover fabrics from our past collections. In the last 10 years we've gone from offering biodegradable bags at checkout counters to recently eliminating all the plastic checkout bags from the stores and offering our very own Solution Bag (a tote bag made of organic cotton, that has been dyed and printed according to environmentally friendly standards). We encourage our #ValijaGirls to bring their own bags so that together, a small action can suddenly have a big impact in our community.
Valija alongside Loiza Dark and Fundación Kinesis helps Puerto Rican students obtain a college education. During 2018 we raised $6,600 that helped 3 students study at the University of Puerto Rico.
Loiza Dark is a small family-owned organic cacao grower and chocolate maker in Puerto Rico.
Fundación Kinesis is a nonprofit public educational foundation in Puerto Rico, that provides Puerto Rican students with the necessary resources to obtain a highly competitive education that will empower them to help develop a healthy socioeconomic environment for Puerto Rico.
Thanks to Waves for Water organization, Valija alongside OPAS (Organización Pro Ambiente Sustentable) installed a water purification system in Eco Escuela Niños Uniendo al Mundo in Rio Cañas, Caguas, Puerto Rico.
OPAS (Organización Pro Ambiente Sustentable) is a nonprofit organization that aims to transform Puerto Rico in a sustainable Island.
Forests provide a wealth of services, from cleaning the air to water filtration, from storing carbon to providing species habitat. We are proud to announce that we have joined the #CanopyStyle initiative to end the use of Ancient and Endangered Forests in our rayon and viscose supply. Valija will be collaborating with @Canopyplanet and over 170 other global fashion brands on sourcing issues, exploring alternative fibers for viscose production, and forest conservation.
For the years to come, we'll support approaches and systems to build a future that does not use ancient and endangered forests in man-made cellulosic fabrics, including rayon, viscose, lyocell, modal and other trademarked brands.
At Valija we believe in the protection of the planet and our environment. Home gardens are a great way to understand that by giving love and care to the Earth, it wil give back. We wanted to bring that connection with the planet to children in our communities. That is why we teamed up with OPAS, to create a contest for public schools where we helped the winning participants (Escuela Central de Artes Visuales and Escuela La Carmen in Maricao) build a school garden. We also provided them with all the tools and materials needed to do so.