Sustainability in the footwear industry
Sustainability today is an important topic for the shoe industry and is undoubtedly a topic of absolute interest and which is much talked about. When we talk about footwear, sustainability is a very broad subject: it touches on various aspects that impact companies along the entire supply chain from raw materials to consumption.
The opinion of our publishing house is that to talk about sustainability at this time it is necessary to balance two aspects:
- Create an effective story telling capable of attracting the attention of consumers;
- Provide a scientific and quantitative basis for the story.
We believe the era of green washing is over and the time has finally come to address the issue of sustainability in the footwear sector with a serious and precise approach. Getting into further details we think it is necessary to elevate the discussion and focus on methodologies based on LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) which have the objective to investigate, measure and accurately describe the environmental impact of products and footwear organizations.
In this section of our site we will try to achieve two goals:
- Aggregate all the articles on the theme of sustainability that describe case histories ranging from development of materials to projects of sustainable shoes and that talk about companies and events.
- Produce articles similar to white papers that can help to understand in a simple but not trivial way the theme of sustainability in the footwear sector.
What is meant by biodegradable shoe? Let me say it in a simple way: you put it in the soil, you wait a little while and in the end you can’t find it anymore because it has turned into something else.Learn more about this topic …
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Sustainability news from our blog
Fibreboards made by Bartoli S.p.A. offer the footwear world a sustainable and ecological component.
The Italian tailoring business chooses ShippyPro for the management of its orders and shipments, to reduce delivery times, cut down on costs, pollute less, and accordingly make its customers happy
The Civitanova Marche based company specialised in the production of anatomical insoles for footwear, presents a new eco-sustainable line made with a new polyurethane with a high percentage of biological origin
The new luxury footwear brand debuts on the market with a monobloc made of XL EXTRALIGHT® Sustainable+, an innovative foam developed by the Marche-based company leader in sole technologies
Over the years Vibram tested different approaches to sustainability issues, never neglecting any possible path: from new compounds to repairs.
The international online shop for clothing, accessories and household items respects the environment and the wellbeing of animals, obtaining international certifications and setting ambitious medium-term goals.
The 2021-22 sustainable fashion training course will have a new focus on upcycling and recycling
Stan Smith Mylo™ is the latest concept shoe from adidas that introduces a new mushroom-based material.
The collaboration between ZDHC and The Microfibre Consortium aims to raise awareness on the issue helping the textile industry to make the necessary change to impact less on marine life
According to the research of two distinguished Spanish Research Institutes and in the name of a circular economy, the collagen of vegetable tanning is transformed into a sustainable activated carbon
The Dutch company, leader in kapok textile materials, offers the textile and apparel industry a versatile and naturally sustainable alternative to traditional materials.
This is the innovative brand of regenerated cellulose fibre proposed by Asahi Kasei, a highly technological material, with a special aesthetic touch.
The circular economy increasingly represents the road to go down for the future of the textile-apparel industry, as demonstrated by the new European directives in merit, which are also included in the Draghi government’s new National Recovery and Resilience Plan. We spoke of this with Francesca Rulli - 4sustainability®.
This past May, the Textile show based in Tokyo renewed its commitment to the environment and sustainability with the second edition of the ‘JFW SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT’.