Material selection is a key area which affects the overall product. At Clarks, we are committed to driving positive social and environmental impacts through our material supply chain, while also educating and building awareness within our internal product teams, enabling them to understand the impacts and opportunities in materials.
Leather is a core material for Clarks, and that’s why we actively participate in groups like the Leather Working Group, which progresses environmental standards within the tanning industry.
Beyond leather, where possible, we are working to switch to lower impact materials. Primarily our focus has been on integrating recycled materials into our products, and many of our soles contain at least 5% recycled material from production scraps, which helps our suppliers reduce waste in the manufacturing process. In addition, we have focused on integrating recycled materials from both pre and post-consumer waste streams into many of the core components we use to build our shoes, while still retaining our focus on creating quality products. Another key material for us is Crepe Rubber, a natural material used to sole our iconic products such as the Desert Boot and Wallabee. We are proud signatories to the Forest Stewardship Council’s Responsible Natural Rubber Paper, demonstrating industry commitment for sustainable natural rubber.
We also see our work on responsibly sourcing our materials as a key area for us to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals SDGS, and are committed to collaborating within industry to drive improvements.
As such we’re proud members of Textile Exchange, an organisation that supports brands to engage with responsible materials.