Posts Tagged ‘Green stuff we love’

Green Stuff We Love: Low-Impact Leather

Of all the things that make up the environmental footprint of a footwear company, the biggest contributor is not transport of product or the manufacturing process, but the materials we use.  And, when your iconic product is a durable, built-to-last leather boot you’re hard pressed to make substitutions.  Until now.

Imagine our delight in learning that one of our tannery partners, ISA Tan Tec, has been awarded the title of “High Tech Enterprise” (recognition previously only attained by technology producers).  Tan Tec uses a concept called Low Impact to the Environment (or LITE) to save considerable amounts of energy, water and chemicals at its tannery in Guangzhou province in China.  And, not only are they cutting their resource consumption, this high tech designation comes with at 40% tax break (ka-ching!).

LITE is based on a product’s CO2 footprint, which involves documenting the carbon dioxide emissions for each square meter of leather produced. LITE standards are based on calculations by the BLC Leather Technology Centre on behalf of the Leather Working Group (LWG) for average energy and water consumption in the industry.  LITE products are made with roughly 35% less energy and 50% less water.

Keep your eye on Tan Tec — they appear to get how “green” makes business sense … and that seems to be the key to success.

Green Stuff We Love: Boxed Water

Eco-confession: Although we drink perfectly safe and tasty tap water out of our environmentally-friendly water bottles 99.9% of the time, there are still times we slip and grab a bottled water instead.  Call it convenience, call it poor judgment, call it rebellion … fact is, once in a while it happens.

Thank goodness for Boxed Water Is Better to help make our occasional tumbles off the Earthkeeper wagon less egregious. 

The Michigan-based company describes itself as “part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project.”  Drawing on a traditional milk carton for inspiration, the Boxed Water folks designed a container made from 90% renewable resources that is shipped flat and filled only as demand is created.  (As a frame of reference, the amount of flat unfilled boxes that fit in 5% of the space in a truckload would require about 5 truckloads if the containers were glass or plastic bottles.)  After consumption, the boxes can be broken down to their original flat state and are recyclable in most areas.

Better still, once this start-up company finds its footing, it pledges to donate 20% of its profits to foundations for world water relief and reforestation.

We’ll drink to that.

Thanks to our friends at Uncrate for turning us on to Boxed Water.  Want to share the green stuff you love?  Tell us here.