Earth Day 2022 – A More Regenerative Future
The Theme for Earth Day 2022 is Invest in Our Planet. As part of our ongoing commitment to finding solutions that benefit the environment and lessen the impact on the Earth’s resources, as well as our journey toward a regenerative future, we are eager to share our progress one year on along with some exciting news about an upcoming collection!
The future is regenerative
As a result of intensive farming, including the overuse of pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals, the health of the world’s topsoil and the ecosystems that rely on it are being depleted.
Regenerative agriculture takes “sustainability” one step further. Farmers practicing regenerative agriculture are helping restore soil, increase biodiversity, sequester carbon, and preserve the land for future generations. This methodology of holistic land management ensures that farming is conducted the way nature intended.
Building on our commitments last Earth Day to restore one million acres of farmland by 2025, we are excited to share that so far we have helped revolutionize over 200,000 acres of land.
Further, we are announcing our ongoing commitment to seek and use better materials with the preview of our upcoming, first-ever Classic style featuring sheepskin sourced from farms that practice regenerative agriculture -- launching October 2022.
Restoring our forests
According to the UN, forest conservation could provide up to 30% of the solution to climate change because trees store carbon from the atmosphere.
We are continuing our partnership with Canopy to ensure that 100% of our wood-based products will be from responsible sources. Canopy work to reforest areas in dire need of rehabilitation, including areas with some of the world’s communities most at-risk from climate change and environmental degradation.
Circularity with UGGrenew
Quality and longevity are at the core of everything we do. Last Earth Day we pledged to launch the first ever classic shoe repair program, UGGrenew, as part of our journey towards a regenerative future – one where building towards a circular economic model contributes to less waste and greater innovation. We recognize that waste is an ongoing issue for the fashion industry, and while we’re not perfect, we want to do our part by keeping shoes out of landfills.
The importance of transparency
Last year, we joined the Apparel Transparency Pledge – demonstrating our commitment to being open about where our products are made and by who.
According to the Transparency Pledge, a lack of transparency can cost lives and hides poor and exploitative working conditions for workers. We are proud to be part of the Apparel Transparency Pledge to promote a standard for supply chain disclosure in the garment and footwear industry. This means our website will publish 100% of our Tier-1 suppliers (these are the suppliers who make our products). This list will be updated on a regular basis and include key details like the number of employees at each site, location, and types of products made. You can find this information here.
Empowering women with HERproject™
We continue to work with BSR’s HERproject™ to provide essential training to the women in our supply chain.
The HERproject initiative works to unlock the full potential of women in global supply chains through workplace-based training on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Over the last decade, the organization has reached over 500,000 women in 420 workplaces across 14 countries.
We want everyone who works within our supply chain to have access to education and opportunities that can help them FEEL GOOD.