after your shoes have been send in or returned to one of our shops, they are collected centrally and are transported to portugal as pallet freight in one of the often-underutilised trucks.
in portugal, the upper part is detached from the sole in a special mechanical process and both materials are prepared for recycling. according to our production needs, they are stored near our office and production site - 20 km away from porto.
the leather scraps are used to make heel and cap reinforcements. the recovered yarn is used again to make a woven upper. the sole rubber is prepared to be reused for sole production. with the help of a calender, the rubber is recycled again into perfectly usable sole material.
for our recycling processes we completely avoid chemical treatments – as a matter of principle and without exception. your old shoes become new ones and the cycle starts again.
together with the outdoor specialist from southern germany, we have produced three shoe models in a closed loop: organic cotton from certified organic cultivation, chrome-free tanned leather, recycled natural rubber and cork for the soles. and when the shoes can't be repaired any more, we take them back at our stores to recycle them.