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    Industry Benchmark Insight

    Footwear Industry by Data by FDRA Infographic

    Consumer Insight

    FDRA members can contact us to get the full report.

  • Latest Key Insights

    Experts Discussing Key Issues Around Sustainability

    PODCAST 268: Inside Teva’s New Program to Recycle Sandals LISTEN



    PODCAST 264: The Amazing Sustainable Journey of Saucony’s New ZERO Plastics Shoe LISTEN



    PODCAST 263: How Technology is Enhancing Shoe Sustainability PracticeS LISTEN



    PODCAST 256: Innovating Better Things in a Better Way With Jad Finck of Allbirds LISTEN

    PODCAST 213: Tiffany Beers on software people should use during these turbulent times, new sustainable footwear, digital events, and more! LISTEN



    ARTICLE: how companies can lessen their global footprint while increasing their bottom line. Find 8 easy steps to greater sustainability here!



    FOOTWEAR INNOVATION VIDEO: An in-depth discussion on sustainability and recyclability of footwear through the lens of Adidas' Futurecraft Loop WATCH



    PODCAST 154: FDRA's Footwear Innovation Advisor Tiffany Beers joins Shoe-In Show as the crew discusses updates on renewable materials. WATCH


  • Latest News

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    Top News Articles We've Seen Around Sustainability

    Caleres Sustainability Goals — Environmentally-Preferred Materials for 100% of products by 2025 READ NOW

    Converse used 7,000 second-hand Hawaiian shirts to create these sneakers READ NOW

    Ugg’s 5-Year Sustainability Efforts Bear Fruit With New Plant Power Capsule Collection READ NOW

    Saucony Originals launch zero-percent plastic shoe READ NOW

    Steve Madden’s New Cool Planet Brand Points the Way to Making Sustainable Fashion Affordable READ NOW

  • FDRA Programs and Resources

    FDRA's Footwear Factory Zero Waste Program

    FDRA's Footwear Factory Zero Waste Program is focused on creating a waste diversion program that proves a return on investment for both brands and manufacturers. It is aimed at optimizing material use and manufacturing practices as well as helping factories understand and implement recycling programs. Learn more here.

    Footwear Material Exchange Platform

    FDRA helped create the Material Exchange — a platform focused on helping brands and material suppliers cut down on material waste prior to usage through better material selection, as well as helping brands be able to see sustainability specs of materials before development begins. ME will help eliminate tons of material waste over time.

  • Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing Organizations

    Non profit groups that focus on footwear material development and the manufacturing processes

    The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.

    The SAC is transforming the apparel, footwear, and textile industry through standardized measurement. For the first time, factories around the world can use the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module to measure social impacts of the value chain. And with the Higg Facility Environmental Module they can assess environmental impacts.

    Members of the global cotton supply chain are now collectively addressing the negative impacts of mainstream cotton production by supporting this globally recognised definition, generating market demand for Better Cotton, and sharing information and knowledge to enable continuous improvement on everybody’s part.

    The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard. On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms and also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through the processing stages, certification ensures that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked.

    OEKO-TEX® offers companies of the textile industry several certifications and services to have their products tested for harmful substances by independent institutes, and to optimize their production conditions and their supply chains with regard to sustainability.

    An independent 3rd party certification ensuring that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

    BLUESIGN traces each textile’s path along the manufacturing process, making improvements at every stage from factory floor to finished product...As a solution provider and knowledge broker, BLUESIGN acts as an independent verifier to secure trust and transparency. Corresponding to this approach, BLUESIGN encourages the industry to increase their efforts in sustainable processes step by step.

    Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.

  • Resources for Biobased and Recycled Certifications

    In the coming months and years, there will be a large movement to verify sustainability claims—especially with retailers requiring more and more product information for their websites. Here are some important programs to learn about as you explore working with a third-party lab to certify your material claims.

    Learn about the USDA's BioPreferred Program, created to increase the purchase and use of biobased products, which reduces our nation's reliance on petroleum, increases the use of renewable agricultural resources, and contributes to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts.

    View Webinar: The USDA BioPreferred® Program: Certified Biobased Content Brings Transparency to Natural Claims, presented by Kate Lewis, Senior Program Analyst from the USDA BioPreferred Program.

    Learn about The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) goals to increase the use of recycled materials and protect the environment.

  • Shoe Sustainability Summit 2021

    August – September 2021

    Global Shoe Sourcing E-Series


    Shoe Supply Chain Digital Summit


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