The Ultimate Guide – Sustainable materials in safety shoes do not equate to sustainable solutions for safety footwear.

Simply utilizing sustainable materials in safety shoes does not equate to a sustainable solution for safety shoes.

Producing over 24 billion pairs of shoes every year, the footwear industry contributes 1.4% of global greenhouse emissions, thus escalating environmental impact. Many footwear brands are setting ambitious sustainability goals, facing supply chain issues like a lack of truly sustainable materials in safety shoes.

In the safety shoe industry, eco-friendliness involves using sustainable sustainable materials in safety shoes, recycling, minimizing production waste, and reprocessing materials.

It also includes recycling worn-out safety shoes to ensure they don’t end up in landfill. Companies can use non-toxic dyes and adhesives in their products to further reduce their environmental impact.

However, Environmentally conscious safety shoe production isn’t just about reducing waste and using sustainable materials in safety shoes.

As a safety shoe manufacturer and a safety shoe factory, how can we be sustainable? how can we save energy and reduce carbon emissions?

In the following, I will introduce our sustainable solutions for the production and export of safety shoes under environmental awareness from 5 aspects.

1. Use Sustainable materials in safety shoes

For a long time, we’ve met customer demands for environmentally friendly materials in safety shoes.”

The biodegradable materials

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is one such material. Derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane, PLA is made through fermentation. It is fully biodegradable. PLA’s high hardness and transparency make it a good alternative to plastic. It biodegrades after use, reducing environmental impact.

The recycled materials

We will choose microfiber materials with Global Rcycled Standard 4.0 (GRS 4.0) Certification as the material for safety shoe uppers according to customer requirements, which is easier to standardize for production because microfiber does not have blood tendons and skin residue like cowhide.

We use recycled rubber, sourced from used tires and other rubber products. The use of recycled rubber can effectively reduce the demand for oil and gas resources, and also reduce the environmental pollution of waste rubber products.

Lower environmental impact materials

For shoe linings with a low environmental impact, we use organic fibers. Materials like organic cotton and linen are eco-friendly choices. Organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful artificial chemicals, which has a much smaller negative impact on the land and environment.

In particular, the use of organic fibers in the lining of safety shoes can provide a comfortable wearing experience, and the material is also very washable.

The water-based polyurethane (PU)

Water-based PU (polyurethane) midsole is a low-environmental impact alternative material. Compared with traditional solvent-based polyurethane, water-based PU is more environmentally friendly because only a very small amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are emitted during its production and processing.

Environmentally friendly materials

We also provide materials and test reports that do not contain certain refractory chemicals that are harmful to the human body at the request of our customers.

For instance, The United States has recently promulgated a report on the ban on products made from perfluoroalkyl and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). At the request of our American customers, we supply all safety shoes and chef shoes under their brands. All per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-free material testing reports are available.

FSC-certified safety shoe packaging materials

For the packaging materials, shoe boxes, and shoe boxes used for safety shoes, we will use FSC-certified packaging materials.

2. Green production processes in our safety shoe factory

To respond to the policies and regulations of green, environmentally friendly, sustainable production and reduction of carbon emissions, our factory has successively formulated strict implementation policies for the air exhaust gas purification of the entire production workshop, the use of solar power generation and the treatment of solid waste in the production process since 7 years ago. measure.

To align with green, eco-friendly, and sustainable production policies, our factory implemented a stringent air purification process seven years ago.

In order to combat the potential release and volatilization of deleterious chemical compounds during the manufacturing process of our cold-bonded safety footwear and PU injection production lines, we have proactively implemented air purification systems within all of our production workspaces. This strategic measure effectively curbs the unwanted emission of these hazardous substances, particularly those originated from adhesives and PU raw constituents, thereby ensuring a secure and healthy workplace.

H-tech safety footwear production workshop air purification system.

Furthermore, our sophisticated exhaust gas purification apparatus allows for the expeditious expulsion and systematic filtration of gas carrying harmful constituents from our workshops, prior to its outdoor discharge. All these initiatives have been undertaken to enhance our unmistakable commitment towards employee welfare and ecological responsibility.

We have also turned to solar power for our energy needs.

We have a production workshop of more than 20,000 m2. The roof of the workshop has always been an idle and available space resource. We have installed a 1,000kw steel structure color steel tile roof photovoltaic power station.

The use of solar clean energy to generate self-generated electricity can offset half of the electricity consumption every year. Maximize sustainable utilization of recyclable energy. To achieve sustainable and environmentally friendly electricity consumption.

In addition, we have effective measures in place for solid waste treatment during production.

For safety upper lining material waste, upper leather waste, and waste containers containing chemical residues generated during the production process. We will all store it first in our dedicated solid waste warehouse.

H-tech safety footwear solid waste dedicated warehouse

We will cooperate with companies with solid waste recycling qualifications. Solid waste will be collected regularly by solid waste recycling companies. The destination of solid waste can be traced.

3. Energy-Efficiency in Sustainable materials in safety shoe manufacturing

  • As I mentioned above, we used the roof of the workshop to install a 1200kw rooftop solar power generation system, which can use clean solar energy to reduce nearly 1/2 of the electricity energy consumption.
  • We replaced all 20,000 m2 of lighting systems with LED lighting. Energy consumption in lighting alone has reduced lighting electricity consumption by 2/3.
  • For winter heating, we have installed heating systems for all production workshops. Because we are 5km away from the power plant, the heat source is very convenient. This way we can ensure that the working environment of workers in winter is as comfortable as in spring or autumn, ensuring production efficiency in winter and in spring. Autumn is the same.
  • In the PU injection workshop, we have installed air conditioning with constant temperature and dehumidification to ensure the stability of the quality of PU injection safety shoe products in summer and eliminate the impact of humidity on production efficiency.

Of course, the application of automated equipment also greatly improves production efficiency. Such as ABB robot fold grinding machine, fully automatic cutting machine, and Desma disc injection.

4. During the production process, we mainly have the following requirements for waste control

1: All raw materials entering the factory are packaged in non-disposable packaging, and packaging boxes and pallets suitable for multiple uses are uniformly used.

2: We use pallets made of recycled materials and storage boxes made of recycled materials to transfer between raw materials and semi-finished products during the production process.

3: At the customer’s request, we will provide the customer with the previously mentioned shoe box or carton packaging with FSC environmental certification. We will even abandon the shoe box packaging at the customer’s request and use environmentally friendly plastic bags and carton packaging instead.

4: For the cutting process of the upper surface and lining material, the material utilization rate is accurately calculated by computer to achieve the maximum utilization rate. Because we have used fully automatic cutting equipment in batches.

We will classify, pack, and compress the remaining scraps, and arrange for companies with solid waste recycling qualifications to come to your doorstep for recycling, and use them to make plastic tracks or other products made of recycled materials.

5: For the PU scraps generated during the production of PU direct injection safety shoes, we will also arrange for companies with solid waste recycling qualifications to come to collect them and use them to make plastic runways or other products made of recycled materials.

By optimizing the production process, we can reduce the generation of waste, rationally arrange the use and processing of materials, and minimize the waste of materials.

5: H-tech safety footwear growth and innovation opportunities in the eco-friendly safety shoes market

With the development of China’s economy brought about by China’s reform and opening up, China has become synonymous with the world’s factory.

H-tech safety footwear sustainable solution for safety shoes production.

The industrial chain of safety shoes is also very sound in China. In recent years, with the gradual implementation of China’s energy conservation, emission reduction, and environmental protection policies, energy conservation has Emission reduction and environmental protection are implemented in the name of laws and regulations, and are subject to supervision, inspection, and review by the market supervision department of the environmental protection department.

In the past 10 years, we have invested nearly 3 million US dollars year by year to gradually adapt to the modernization of safety shoe production.

Conclusion

Environmental protection is very important in the safety footwear industry, we want to create opportunities for the production and export of sustainable solutions. We have been continuously investing manpower, material, and financial resources to cater to and improve to meet the needs of existing and potential customers in terms of environmental protection and sustainable production.

We encourage those in the eco-friendly safety footwear manufacturing and OEM industries to support and promote environmentally friendly practices within their businesses and industries.

Beyond the previously addressed topics of environmental preservation and sustainability, we further offer an array of safety footwear crafted from reclaimed materials, providing ample choices for prospective patrons. Sustainable work boots, regenerated leather footwear, and non-leather shoes compose our collection. We express a favorable propensity towards extending OEM/ODM or bespoke services to potential long-term clientele. Welcome to consult us.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top