From day one we have been committed to social and environmental responsibility, and to ensure that we live up to these values we have made sustainable product development a central pillar of Uniform Standard's design ethos. By working closely with our supply partners in Italy, Portugal and Spain we select premium recycled components that integrate seamlessly and enhance our designs.
OUR "GOLD STANDARD" ITALIAN LEATHERS
We source high quality full grain leathers that are chosen for their texture, colour and durability. We work only with tanneries in Italy that are audited and certified by The Leather Working Group (LWG). The LWG assess the compliance and environmental performance of tanneries globally and rewards good environmental practice, based upon the best standards within the industry. Our main tanneries are rated "Gold" the highest score achievable and all our leathers meet REACH compliance for chemical standards.
Our outsoles are produced using up to 70% recycled natural materials such as rubber, cork and rice husk shells. The process of recycling rubber is time-consuming as each colour has to be individually sorted, mixed and re-blended to produce outsoles that look good and last long. It is more costly than virgin rubber outsoles but we believe its worth paying the extra.
Our leather lined padded footbeds are made from 100% recycled high density polyurethane foam designed for superior comfort and breathability and have an active carbon coating to enhance odour resistance.
RECYCLED INSOLE BOARDS
Our flexible insole boards are specially developed using 100% recycled cellulose fibres that have no added dyes and effectively wick perspiration away from the foot.
Our durable drawer shoe boxes are designed using existing forms to minimise unnecessary tooling which wastes energy and resource. They are made from 100% recycled kraft card which is 100% recyclable and are put together using a small amount of water based glue. They are made near to our footwear factory - this way, we avoid shipping packaging materials from one end of the world to another. We also use recycled tissue paper and recycled shoebox stickers.
RECYCLED COFFEE CUP PAPER
We use innovative paper made of fully recycled material repurposed from disposable paper coffee cups. Using special CupCycling technology, the polyethylene coating from the cups is removed so that 90% of the cup can be converted into FSC-certified paper fibre and the remaining 10% of plastic waste is recycled, meaning zero landfill.
CARBON NEUTRAL SHIPPING
In order to lessen the impact our customers orders have on the environment, all of our deliveries are Carbon Neutral. Through the GoGreen initiative with DHL our logistics partner, we make a corresponding contribution to various high quality climate protection initiatives. Recent projects we have contributed to include a wind power plant in Nicaragua, a biomass power plant in India, ceramic water purifiers in Cambodia and Reforestation in Uganda.