We wish to leave only a positive impression on people and the planet. We strive to leave the planet better than the way we found it. Therefore, we conduct our business based on the principles of the circular economy.
In concrete terms, for EMMA, this means striving to avoid the use of (primary) raw materials, avoiding energy use and CO2 emissions, recovering raw materials and using recycled material in new products. We use materials with a longer useful life and, by using less material and different material constructions, ensure that the shoe is easier to take apart. All the materials we use in our circular collection are safe for the environment and recyclable. For example, all of our circular shoes are PVC-free. All the circular shoes also come with a fact sheet.
WHAT DOES CIRCULAR MANUFACTURING MEAN TO EMMA?
2. Selected for safety, environment, people, sustainability
3. After use, reuse in next use application
4. Every material has a next use application
5. Designed for easy disassembly
6. Contains (partly) already recycled material
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In addition, we ensure good working conditions throughout our supply chain. For us, it is natural to contribute to a safe working environment for our customers and to the sustainable development and deployability of our employees. Ever since its foundation in 1931, EMMA Safety Footwear has been generating a positive social impact by opting for diversity and inclusiveness in its organisation. EMMA currently employs almost 100 people with difficulties accessing the labour market. EMMA offers its staff the opportunity to use their talents and develop themselves. The focus does not stop at employment conditions in the Netherlands. We also ensure that the suppliers and chain partners provide a safe environment for the people who work on EMMA shoes there every day. We are the only shoe manufacturer affiliated to the Covenant on Sustainable Clothing and Textiles, continuously working on issues such as child labour, animal welfare, living wages, raw materials and water, chemicals and energy. More information about this covenant can be found on the covenant website.
For our company, circular business is not only a different way of manufacturing, it is also a different way of thinking: we are dealing with a system change. We see this transition as a journey, during which we will gain inspiration and motivation from the positive steps that we take.