Our Promise to You
For us, environmental protection is neither a marketing tool nor a temporary fashion topic, but the pure conviction and a solid part of our company philosophy.
Think! Designed in Austria, produced in Europe
Apart from leather and recyclable PU used in our soles, we also utilise natural latex, a renewable raw material obtained from the "Hevea tree". By carving the bark, the latex seeps out, is collected in reservoirs, and will be processed further.
After approximately 25 years , when the tree cannot supply anymore sap, it will continue its natural growth. Natural latex is characterised by excellent insulation, high abrasion resistance and is also slip-resistant.
Our insoles are made of 99% pure cork, adjusting to the shape of the foot in a natural and healthy way.
Apart from our respect of raw materials, we attach great importance to environmental friendliness and all our packaging is made of recyclable paper and cardboard.
Nature is as nature does!
In most models, wherever your foot comes in contact with your shoe, we only use vegetable-tanned leather 100% of the time.
We obtain the natural tannins from ground bark extracts of plantation-planted trees. Although Vegetable-tanned leather is more costly to produce and more difficult to process, its benefits speak for themselves:
• Porous, allowing your feet to breathe
• toxin-free (no risk of heavy metal allergies!)
We buy our leathers mostly from certified tanneries in central Europe, which we have researched in detail regarding prevailing environmental and social conditions. Rest assured that no cow, which has been grazing peacefully on a pasture in Tuscany, has to fade away due to the production of our shoes. Our leather is only a by-product of food processing. We don’t conserve our rawhides using chemical additives, to create transport shortcuts. Special salts and a faultless cold chain are enough to ensure the healthy transport of our hides.
Wherever possible, we use vegetable tanned leather and always where the foot is in direct contact with the material, thereby using only vegetable tanned leather for the linings. The bark for our tanning agent is extracted from profit-free plantations, an intelligent re-use of waste products. No tree from the primeval or tropical rain forest has to be cut down to aid in the production of tanning agents.
Vegetable tanning benefits humans as well as nature in that naturally tanned leather helps the foot to breathe and absorb humidity very well. Our leather remains in its natural state and we don’t treat it with aluminium, chrome, quicksilver or other poisonous substances. Furthermore, we only use dyes free of any heavy metal and we abstain from carcinogenic AZO colours. Factors like child labour, exploitation of employees, inhumane working conditions, unprotected handling of tannic acid and unstrained emissions of tannic acid into rivers are not part of our production process.