Footwear Suppliers Achieve a Lighter Eco Footprint
Momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb environmental impacts is gaining traction as shoe brands re-evaluate processes and materials and pick up the pace to reach corporate sustainability goals. A broader use of eco-friendly materials and responsible sourcing strategies are key to supplier gameplans. The good news is that today's earth-friendly fabrics and trims can go toe-to-toe with other footwear textiles in both high-performance and upscale aesthetics.
Kodiak is the first footwear company to adopt PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. insulation, an eco-responsible product that significantly reduces carbon emissions. P.U.R.E insulation is made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET plastic and cuts GHG emissions by 48 percent. PrimaLoft P.U.R.E will feature in four new styles of hiking and lifestyle boots (two men’s, two women’s) in Kodiak’s Fall ’21 lineup.
“PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. is a perfect solution for us,” said Karen McSorley, Kodiak senior brand manager.
The Stave men’s hiker adds to the P.U.R.E. insulation green story with 100 percent recycled plastic used in the lining, mesh collar and tongue bottom, and 50 percent recycled plastic lace. The Kindersley women’s hiker also builds on the PrimaLoft P.U.R.E sustainability factor with Kodiak’s Comfortzone Eco footbed and 100 percent recycled plastic lace.
Incorporating PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. is another step in Kodiak’s sustainable journey that prioritizes thoughtful assessment of material choice. Advancing use of responsible, renewable materials is a key principle of Kodiak’s Built for What Matters Initiative. Other commitments include: Sourcing leather from tanneries rated Silver, Gold or Platinum by the Leather Working Group; Replacing oil-based materials with plant-based alternatives; Building products for longevity and durability; and Limiting the number of materials and trims used.