Less Plastic. More Freedom.
Starting this year, 100% of our iconic straps are made using traceable, verifiable recycled plastic using REPREVE® yarn. That's over 9 million plastic bottles kept out of landfills and put to better use strapping sandals to your feet. In addition to our recycled straps, we're seeking sustainable alternatives for key materials and using less water and waste in our packaging—and this is just the beginning.
We want those who come after us to have the freedom to explore the outdoors tomorrow, so we're reducing our footprint today.
Seeking beauty in new places, from water bottles to plastic pieces.
172 tons of used plastic bottles are cleaned, shredded and turned into little pellets. That's over 344,000 pounds of plastic that won't end up in the ocean, being mistaken for sea turtle food.
Transforming plastic waste into Teva webbing.
The cleaned and prepped pellets are then spun into yarn, and that yarn gets woven into the ultra-strong webbing in our footwear. About 5,000 miles of it actually. That's hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico up to Canada—then back down again.
Webbing makes straps that connect your sandals to you.
Starting in 2020, all our iconic straps are now made from millions of reborn plastic bottles, reducing our reliance on virgin plastic. We're turning waste that pollutes the planet into something that helps you explore it.
Lessening Our Footprint
We're continuing to reduce our overall water usage and work with our supply chain partners to improve their water conservation efforts. Since 2017, we've reduced water usage by 32%, thanks to our packaging improvements.
In addition to our recycled straps, we're seeking sustainable and ethical alternatives for key materials, and offer a range of vegan styles each season. Every piece of leather we use is sourced from tanneries certified by Leather Working Group, whose mission is to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. We also support the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest cotton sustainability program in the world, and have been recognized on the Textile Exchange Leader Board for our use of recycled polyester.
We're working with our factories and suppliers to reduce waste and divert it from landfills whenever possible. We're also using less packaging, and since 2017, we've reduced the total weight of packaging used, in total dunnage, by 30%.