We believe that sustainable fashion paves the way forward in a world grappling with escalating environmental challenges, especially those related to post-consumer waste. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. the equivalent of one garbage truck of texttiles is landfilled or incinerated every second. The need for change is pressing, and we are rising to the challenge. Our role as a global fashion company transcends crafting desgins that our customers love; it involves championing sustainability through circularity and product longevity.
At Steve Madden, we believe in playing an active role in reducing post-consumer waste. Our commitment goes beyond creating enduring fashion. We are taking strides towards contributing to a circular economy, which requires designing our products and systems with an intention to recover and repurpose materials, instead of letting them go to waste.
The journey towards circularity in the footwear industry has unique hurdles. Most shoes are designed for durability and rely heavily on strong adhesives, making it difficult to disassemble shoe components for sorting and shredding. Furthermore, there can be upwards of 20 components in a single shoe, which makes it especially challenging to separate shoe materials for reintroduction into suitable recycling streams.
As we chart our course towards our circularity goals, our focus sharpens on two crucial areas. First, we aim to identify and collaborate with circularity partners offering innovative solutions to reclaim and recycle footwear as it is produced today. Second, we are proactively exploring novel ways to design and manufacture footwear with circularity at the forefront. In our circularity journey, we strive to strike a fine balance, combining the urgency of investing in scalable solutions with the audacity to pioneer innovative initiatives that reimagine the fundamentals of product design.