Sustainable shoes thanks to bio-based thermoplastic polyurethane

Vaude, German manufacturer of strong outdoor shoes, redesigned the entire 2018 summer collection and hereby reduces the footprint of its products. In part, this is due to the use of (more) sustainable materials and innovative technologies, such as a seamless upper.

From now on Vaude will use a 100% recycled plastic membrane for many of the designs. The eco-friendly watertight, yet breathing Sympatex membrane is PTFE- and PFC-free and is made of a copolymer of polyester and polyether. The shoe manufacturer combines this material with a 100% recycled lining used in the entire collection. For the first time the collection receives a fluorocarbon-free treatment, especially developed by Sympatex, together with its partner RUDOLF.

With the choice for sustainable materials Vaude uses, for the first time, bio-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for the toe and heel cap, instead of the traditional TPU. This is how the company reduces its dependence on oil.

The result of these interventions is functional up to the smallest detail and quite a bit more ecological than before: more than 60 percent of the new shoe collection meets the strict environmental requirements auto-imposed by the company through the Green Shape label.

The new, eco-friendly shoes will be available in the shop from the spring of 2018.

(Source picture: Vaude)