NEW MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE
Everybody talks about Tencel™, the cellulose material with cotton-like properties which can help to ease the strain on our planet.
Starting 2019, we introduce Tencel™ in our collections as an alternative to the GOTS cotton and as one of the actions to reduce our water footprint. The Tencel™ Lyocell fibers originate from wood derived from responsible forestry. Tencel production is a closed loop process that significantly reduces the need of water, energy and chemicals in the manufacturing of the material. “We introduce Tencel™ as an alternative to the organic GOTS-certified cotton. Not only is this good for the planet, but the material also has the gentle feel against the skin and is moist-absorbing which makes it a suitable material for the inside of our shoes. We are happy with how it has turned out” says Ulrika Simonsson, Sustainability Manager at Vagabond.
For the best durability of a shoe, high-quality glue needs to be used when mounting crucial parts, like the outsole. Inevitably, these glues contain substances which could be harmful to man or planet if not handled correctly.
In our continuous strive to reduce risks of harm to people or planet, we decided to join forces with SWEREA, a Swedish test and research laboratory, in a project aiming to improve the glues that are currently used and find more healthy alternatives. “Current glues have been modified and the first tests with alternative methods have been conducted in our own workshop in Varberg and even if there are more to do before we can launch in the producing units, the results are promising” says Maria Olander, Head of Design at Vagabond Shoemakers.
SHOE BRING BACK WORLDWIDE
Now all Vagabond concept stores in selected cities in Europe are able to offer Shoe Bring Back, a combined reuse and recycle service which is revolutionary for the shoe business.
Last out were the stores in Moscow and St Petersburg and the response has been very positive from day one. “We are so pleased that we can now offer this project in all stores” says Anna Fahle Björcke, Head of Communications at Vagabond. “With Shoe Bring Back we want to set light on the importance of reuse and recycling. Most of our shoes are not sold through our concept stores, but by developing this service in our own channels we want to encourage and invite to talk about, and act to close the loop”.