Footwear Ecology Question 2

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Question

Does the brand (company) use these environmentally friendlier alternatives for leather and synthetic rubber for more than 25% of the total use of footwear materials?

NL: Bestaat bij het merk (bedrijf) tenminste 25% van het totale materiaalgebruik uit milieuvriendelijke alternatieven voor leer en synthetisch rubber?

DE: Ersetzt der Markenhersteller mindestens zu 25% Leder und synthetischen Gummi / Kautschuk durch umweltfreundliche Alternativen?

References

For references see Footwear Ecology Question 1.

Please note that eligible materials to substitute leather are for example:
• cotton canvas
• hemp, flax or bamboo fabric
• synthetic leather

For rubber:
• natural rubber
• recycled rubber
• Rubber formulations with lower toxic chemical (zinc) content, as promoted by Nike. Please note that it is not clear how the total environmental impact of this material compares to current conventional rubber materials used in the sector. Further research will be performed as we find more occasions for comparison.

In case a brand reports materials that are not listed here, please contact verifier@rankabrand.com to review this material.

Answering Guidelines

Yes:
• See also remark to the previous question. [Brand] reports to use environmentally 'preferred' alternatives to substitute [leather / rubber] such as [cotton canvas/ other/ natural rubber/recycled rubber] with percentages [x%], all over this represents more than 25% of the total weight of materials used. (see link/page).

No:
• See the remark for environmental policy question 1.
• [Brand] has a clear policy to increase the substitution of leather and synthetic rubber by environmentally friendlier materials, however, the brand reports a percentage of ??% on total material use, which is below 25% as required to this question.

?:
• See the remark for environmental policy question 1.
• [Brand] mentions environmentally 'preferred' alternatives, but does not give clear percentages on the total use of materials used [..] (see link/page)