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 …
With over 40 years of experience in the shoe industry, Kiefer von Zoe specialises in researching and developing materials for assembly insoles for the most demanding shoe manufacturers and designers.Read more …
Sustainability news from our blog
After over a year, Texon returns as the protagonist of a fair held in a physical format, presenting at the event, held from 31 May to 2 June, some of the most important innovations in the field of sustainability.
A theme more important than ever before presented in the webinar organised by Intertek Maison, with the participation of Marina Spadafora, Fashion and Sustainability Advisor, and Michela Finaurini, Fabrics & Embroidery Research Expert, as well as the experts of Intertek, Calin Moldovean, President of Business Assurance & Food Services, and Mike Redshaw, Head of Technical – Global Softlines.
Ecotan is an innovative leather tanning technology developed by Silvateam, world leader in the production of natural tannins, in order to produce a new class of leather that has excellent performance standards, is safe for all and is a truly bio-circular material.
A unique, patented, jacquard weaving technology, which makes it possible to seamlessly integrate functional and design weaving into a single sheet of material.
Ecoalf and Michelin have jointly developed their first sole made from waste materials whose rubber comes from sole production waste and not from tyres.
AMANN develops products in a targeted manner in order to make them not only more sustainable, but also more environmentally friendly through the use of selected recycling and natural materials.
Riri completes its transition towards an exclusive use of recycled polyester for zip's tapes.
C.T. Point S.p.A. meets your needs by offering yarn solutions that respect the environment and make even the smallest details in footwear sustainable.
The project of Emilie Burfeind is based on bio-based materials and an innovative design created for the green circularity of the product, giving life to a 3D knitted sock sneaker that is good for the planet
Transforming food waste into new textile fibres and reducing the environmental impact of fashion production with AGRALOOP Bio-Refinery, winner of H&M Foundation’s 3rd Global Change Award
Innovative GRS-certified recycled polyester uses a high-quality, made in Italy manufacturing process that turns plastic waste into a valuable resource
The Prato-based startup company, RIFÒ LAB was founded in 2017 with the aim of developing an alternative model of sustainable fashion, supported by technological innovation and able to offer a high-quality textile product, 100% made in Italy
The independent international testing institute for textiles and leather, has reviewed the requirements for its products and published new regulations which will become effective on 1 April 2021 after a three-month transition period
It’s always nice to receive good wishes towards the end of the year, during the festive season. It’s even nicer if they are full of meaning and concrete action, like those received from the Lombardy-based heel factory.