Case Study

Bellroy Melbourne, Australia

SME Name
SME Size
Medium (49-500)
Andrew Fallshaw
Developed by Pavit Ramesh


Bellroy exists to slim your wallet. But just slim isn’t enough. They want their products to look elegant, be functional yet delightful to use, and offer a surplus in value. Bellroy wants to improve the way people carry their everyday essentials. When you have the right things on hand, it becomes easier to roam, adapt and experience everything the world has to offer. And, for most folk, the more experiences they have the more awareness they have of the world and Bellroy’s impact on it.

Bellroy wants to help discover and inspire better business practices – enabling a healthier relationship with their work, each other, the planet and those they share it with. Their better ways mantra is a lens for continually improving how they do what they do. Their environmental goals have been inspired by Cradle-to-Cradle principles. These seem to be the smartest and most realistic principles to follow.

Sustainability Story

Before Bellroy, a team of friends set up a blog called Carryology as a place for fellow carry enthusiasts to connect and share ideas. It started providing insights around what people carry, and wallets in particular – as slim tailoring became popular, bulky wallets couldn’t hide anymore. 

So a team of product designers – sat around a kitchen table in Bells Beach, Australia – set about crafting a slim wallet with fewer layers of leather and smarter card positioning. The release of this product in 2010 signalled the birth of the Bellroy brand, and our crusade to ‘slim your wallet’. They’ve come a fair way since then…

They recognised pretty early on that they could use business as a force for good. And as a certified B Corp, they constantly pursue better ways to source their leathers, reduce their impact on the environment and make sure their products are used and loved for as long as possible. They are (and always have been) about making a difference to the in-between; Getting you moving through all your worlds with lighter shoulders. 

Their range has moved well beyond pockets and includes solutions for your tech, work accessories and more – right down to the humble set of keys. And now, bags that can hold all of those things and let you transition through all the modes and moments in your life, seamlessly.

Bellroy Practices

Sustainable design and productionAdvocating for sustainable goods and environmental considerations
Products designed using cradle-to-cradle principles to be long-lasting and reduce waste, ethically sourced raw materials in all designs and rigorous research and procurement from gold-rated tanneries, testing on new possible materials.Advocating for sustainable consumer goods amongst local business community, suppliers and clients.

Pathway Map

Pathway maps represent the sequence businesses followed to implement successful sustainability practices and identify emerging ones within firms. The pathways also reveal the diversity of actors that begin to form sustainability enabling ecosystems for businesses to adopt, deploy or test sustainability practices.
Advocacy for Sustainable Goods and Environmental Considerations
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Enabling Factors for Practices

Internal to the organisationExternal to the organisation
Founding values and principles: The business was founded on the premise of advancing sustainability and impact in an industry that did not have many sustainable alternatives.Shared Values: Establishing connections and partnering with the organisations that share the same values and vision for long-term sustainability.
Founders' industry experience: The founders of the SME have prior business knowledge.Suppliers and Producers: Strong ties and relationships with raw material suppliers and overseas factories.
Staff: Active participation from different members in the organisation has been pivotal to the success of sustainability strategy.Leather Working Group: Participation and advocacy to set a new industry standard has been highly enabling.
Sheared Values: Establishing connections and partnering with organisations that share the same values and vision for long-term sustainability.Market Demand: The growing support for the SMEs product offering due to the quality of products that they sell.
Suppliers and Producers: Strong ties and relationships with raw material suppliers and overseas factories.Clients: The changing and growing market demand for sustainable products has been a key enabler.
Community: Support from the communities that the SME works with has also enabled them to continue their mission.

Arresting Factors for Practices

Internal to the organizationExternal to the organization
Resources Harder to procure smaller quantities of raw materials.Supply chain stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Financial: The cost to carry out sustainability projects. Sustainable materials are more expensive than the conventional raw. Cutting losses is necessary at times to continue steering impact and providing value to stakeholders.Difficulty in finding new suppliers and developing new products due to COVID-19 travel constraints.


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