The Ugly Truth About Collagen
and The Brazilian Rainforest

Beauty V’s The Planet – Why Jennifer Aniston is not our Friend

Why Jennifer Aniston is not our Friend

Millions of people around the world love Jennifer Anniston. She was absolutely mesmerising in ‘The Morning Show.’ Her character was riveting. She’s a strong, beautiful, successful woman other young girls and women around the world look up to, and rightly so.

She was made famous for her role as ‘Rachel’ in ‘Friends’, but it turns out, she is not actually a friend of the Earth. Sadly, she’s anything but, because whether she knows it or not, she is now playing a new role – and playing her part in helping to destroy the precious Rainforest that you, me, and the entire planet depend on.

Cue slightly tweaked ‘Friends’ theme music: “I’ll be there for you, when the Rainforest starts to fall…”

Looking young V’s The Rainforest

The process of sourcing bovine collagen from animal hides necessitates large-scale cattle farming, which often relies on clearing vast areas of rainforest land for grazing. These deforestation practices not only contribute to greenhouse gas emissions but also disrupt fragile ecosystems, destroy the habitats of countless species, and displace indigenous communities who have relied on the forest for generations.

It is important to note that not all collagen-based products are responsible for rainforest destruction. Like us, many companies strive to source their ingredients ethically and sustainably. We applaud all those companies that share the same ethics as we do. Big ‘High Five’, big hugs and respect to all those businesses who are open, honest and good.

Shame on Jennifer Aniston and Nestlé

We make sure that all our partners are family run businesses and we always do our due diligence. We have a close relationship with each and every one of them, and they are good people too. We keep a close eye on the network surrounding the procurement and processing of leather and animal skin for our products, and it’s a real shame Jennifer Aniston and Nestlé can’t say the same thing about themselves. 

But, they are raking in the dough so who cares? Well, actually we do. And so do you. That’s why you’re here, reading this. Big hugs to you too.

Greed over the need to save the planet

Our ‘Friend’ Jen is not short of cash. As it stands, she has amassed a personal fortune of $320,000,000. That’s a lot of noughts, and a lot of spare change she should be using to change the Earth, instead of helping to destroy it by promoting collagen-based products.

She, and others like her – Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, should be using some of their vast wealth to help protect the Rainforest.

We’re proud to be a sustainable leather brand

At LUC8K, we’re proud of how we source our leather from sustainable farms in Europe. Our products will always be the highest quality, but never responsible for the death of the Rainforest. We’ll always be transparent about where and how we source our leather because we have nothing to hide. It’s a shame the same can’t be said of all the global brands and companies that do so much damage to our planet. 

The hides for our elegant leather bags and accessories are naturally tanned and dip-dyed. We make sure it’s a sustainable manufacturing process from beginning to end, and the materials we use are all sourced locally. With LUC8K, you are getting the purest high-quality leather available from cows that are allowed to roam free and lead long, happy lives. 

We only work with an ISO certified tannery

Some colours, such as blue, need chromium tanning, because chromium is essential to keep the colour bright and shiny for years to come. We work with an ISO certified tannery in the Basque region of France, close to the boarders to Andorra Pyrenees, where the water is recycled and redirected into the sewage system of the village where the tannery is located. 

Some colours are fit for vegetable-based tanning, however, you cannot avoid chromium in some processes, which is highly toxic. Cheap leather from Bangladesh or Morocco comes from factories where they just wash that toxic soup down into the sea. We are also against anything or anyone that compromises human rights or involves cheap child labour. To some of these countries, a human life is just a cheap commodity, nothing more, nothing less.

Beauty should not be the be all and end all

We love leather, and we are proud of our product and our partners, and most of all, we are pleased to have a loyal base of customers with exquisite taste and ethics, who spend time to colour match and personalize their perfect bags online.

We strongly believe that by making informed choices and supporting sustainable alternatives, we can collectively ensure that the pursuit of beauty does not come at the expense of our planet's invaluable ecosystems. Sure, we are not 100% green. Let’s be honest, no one is, but we strive to keep our footprint as small as possible and we are working hard, day and night, to make it even smaller.

It’s time to take a stand

We are true friends of nature and sustainability. Sadly, our friend Jen is not, and neither is the selfish, greedy, planet destroying corporation that pays her millions to promote products that are destroying our precious planet. 

We need our planet to keep on living, but through our reckless actions - overfishing, deforestation, overpopulation, consumerism, and global warming - we are destroying the Earth as a home for generations to come. e are true friends of nature and sustainability. Sadly, our friend Jen is not, and neither is the selfish, greedy, planet destroying corporation that pays her millions to promote products that are destroying our precious planet. 

The world is ours to love and care for

My late Dad, who was as Astrophysicist, taught me the rules of physics in our daily life, and he told me since I was a little girl that our planet is a tiny blue ball in outer space. A beautiful blue ball as water is life, and planet Earth has all we need to make our precious time living here as good and as wonderful as it can possibly be.

We know the value of life and the place we call home, and we are going to take them all on, these people and companies who don’t really care, one exquisite, luxurious, sustainable LUC8K product at a time.