Starting this year, all our iconic straps are made using traceable, verifiable recycled plastic using REPREVE® yarn. That’s over 9 million plastic bottles kept out of landfills and put to better use strapping sandals to your feet. In addition to our recycled straps, we’re seeking sustainable alternatives for key materials and using less water and waste in our packaging – and this just the beginning.
We want those who come after us to have the freedom to explore the outdoors tomorrow, so we’re reducing our footprint today
172 tonnes of used plastic bottles are cleaned, shredded and turned into little pellets. That’s over 344,000 pounds of plastic that won’t end up in the ocean, being mistaken for sea turtle food.
The cleaned and prepped pellets are then spun into yarn, and that yarn gets woven into ultra-strong webbing in our footwear. About 5,000 miles of it actually. That’s hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico up to Canada – then back down again.
Starting in 2020, all our iconic straps are made from millions of reborn plastic bottles, reducing our reliance on virgin plastic. We’re turning waste that pollutes the planet into something that helps you explore it.
We’re continuing to reduce our overall water usage and work with our supply chain partners to improve their water conservation efforts. Since 2017, we've reduced water usage by 32%, thanks to our packaging improvements.
In addition to our recycled straps, we’re seeking sustainable and ethical alternatives for key materials, and offer a range of vegan styles each season. Every piece of leather we use is sourced from tanneries certified by Leather Working Group, whose mission is to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. We also support the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest cotton sustainability program in the world, and have been recognised on the Textile Exchange Leader Board for our use of recycled polyester.
We’re working with our factories and suppliers to reduce waste and divert it from landfills whenever possible. We're also using less packaging, and since 2017, we’ve reduced the total weight of packing used, in total dunnage by 30%.