The challenge of making sustainable footwear

July 31st, 2023

Plastic footwear can take 1000 years to break down. Photo: OrthoLite. A single method to calculate and mitigate the negative environmental impact of footwear is much needed. The European Commission is promoting the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), designed to offer a single method to calculate, and perhaps as important, to communicate the environmental performance of […]

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Additive manufacturing for more sustainable footwear 

July 31st, 2023

Hilos shoes and the 3D printed shoes platform. Photo Hilos. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of footwear manufacturing by some 48 percent, and reduce water consumption by 99 percent, compared with traditional footwear manufacturing, according to a study led by Portland, Oregon’s HILOS, in partnership with Yale’s Center for […]

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