In terms of the environment, the shoe business is not a particulalrly eco-friendly one, because of the manufacturing process that leather has to go through to make it into shoes. This includes the process of tanning, the use of glues and solvents etc. To a certain extent our shoes avoid this as they are not made of leather and we do not use chrome; however, our manufacturing processes do still include some of these things.
Whilst there are overlaps, you need to be aware that the main idea behind the company is to offer animal-free shoes, and if it is the environmental aspect that is more important to you, then there may be other companies that can better cater to what you want.
With regards to our materials, not all of them are biodegradable eg Vegetan suede, micro, active and bucky. That said, some of our products are biodegradable; the cotton, and some of the polyester, that is a component in most of our styles, is biodegradable.
The vegetan uppers are 70-80% biodegradable. The level of solvent emissions from our factories are well within legal levels. We stitch many of our shoes which reduces the need for chemical use, and we also work with hemp. We are always looking for new ways to reduce damage to the environment.
Ethical Consumer has reviewed us in their Shoe Guide and Walking Boot Guides