In the sillage of fragrances | Hermes
In the sillage of fragrances:
recycling and energy
From Eau d’Hermès, the original fragrance inspired by “the interior of a Hermès bag in which lingers the aroma of a fragrance” to the latest creation, Twilly d’Hermès, all of the house’s scents have been made in Vaudreuil in northern France. The manufacture is home to an olfactory library and closely monitors its environmental footprint.
A fragrance is like a state secret. Apart from the “nose” at Hermès, nobody knows its complete formula. Production is barely less mysterious. Dozens of raw materials for perfumery converge at the Vaudreuil site. Blends and transfers from one vat to another, follow on from one another, interspersed with pauses for maceration. Finally the formula is chilled to 0°C before filtering.
Once bottled, with the pump in place and the cap closed, the fragrance will travel in a leather sheath in the case of Hermessence, or be girdled in a stirrup for Galop d’Hermès. Nestling in its box, it is at last ready for its task of seduction.
What goes on behind the scenes is just as important. As soon as it is developed, a new fragrance is examined and laid bare in order to plan how the waste it leaves in its wake should be processed. Amongst the partners of Hermès Parfums who collect the 800 tonnes of residue each year from Vaudreuil, Cèdre is the company that goes the furthest in seeking recycling solutions. This concerns the recipients that contained the raw materials, as well as filters, plastics, damaged boxes and broken glass. 67% of materials are recycled. The rest is incinerated to produce energy.
With the Livelihoods Carbon Fund, priority goes to proximity
What if the future of the climate hinged on a village in Kenya, Indonesia or Peru, rather than on international summits? The Livelihoods carbon funds, of which Hermès has been a partner since 2012, encourage this grassroots approach.
The resourceful orange box
Whether round, rectangular or square, it is used to pack ties, hats, boots, tableware, jewellery or bags. Only furniture cannot comfortably slip into one. The orange box is made in France by seven cardboard manufacturers.
Certified ethically-sourced diamonds
From extraction in the mines to sales of jewellery in Hermès stores, the house’s diamond operations are in tune with the international Kimberley process. When purchasing an item, customers are given a certificate detailing this guarantee of ethical compliance.
Our imprint on...
Hermès employs 13,500 men and women, including 4,500 craftspeople, who form the first métier of the house. This land of hand changes and hires nonstop. To train, pass on, develop, ensure well-being, health and solidarity… Our ambition is to stimulate the personal growth of everyone involved.
Hermès endeavors to exalt, in twenty or so métiers, the most beautiful materials offered by nature. Our artisans’ skillful hands respect leather, silk, fabric, wood, crystal and precious metals. To preserve, optimize, revalue and draw… Our duty is to achieve the sustainable use of these resources.
Hermès owns 41 of its 52 manufactures in France and more than 300 stores around the world. Our proximity with suppliers, partners and territories is cultivated in the field. To fertilize, mesh, renovate and be committed… Our role, as an environment-friendly company, is to build sustainable ties.