Caleres reveals environmental goals
The company aims to lower energy consumption by 25 per cent in its owned retail stores and distribution centres.
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US-based footwear producer Caleres has announced a goal to reclaim, recycle or refurbish 90,000 pairs of shoes each year in line with its first ‘environmental, social and governance’ report. The company’s brands include Famous Footwear, Sam Edelman, Naturalizer, Vionic, Dr Scholl’s Shoes and Allen Edmonds, with the latter said to be increasingly including renewable and sustainably-sourced materials, such as biodegradable elements, recycled soles and vegetable-tanned leathers. Allen Edmonds also offers what is termed ‘recrafting’ of the majority of its shoes and boots, most of which reportedly have the potential to be put through this operation – which may include replacement outsoles, cork inlays and welting – up to three times.
Within Caleres’ commitments to be achieved by 2025 are the use of environmentally-preferred materials in 100 per cent of its products and shoeboxes, one-quarter of Famous Footwear brand products to incorporate such materials, and waste to be reduced by 50 per cent in the company’s strategic sourcing supplier base. In addition, Caleres aims to lower energy consumption by 25 per cent in its owned retail stores and distribution centres, and to ensure that every one of its strategic factories is socially compliant and employs leading global social working standards.
This article was originally published on page 3 of the June 2021 issue of SATRA Bulletin.