Vans, a manufacturer of skateboarding shoes and related apparel, has announced new global commitments to environmental sustainability which includes plans to reduce carbon emissions by 43% by 2030.
It plans to do so by reducing the average impact of top materials by 35%, using 50% recycled polyester and sourcing 100% sustainably grown cotton by 2025.
The brand also aims to ensure its core materials, including rubber, cotton, leather and polyester, are 100% regenerative, responsibly-sourced, renewable or recycled by 2030.
In addition, it is committed to eliminating all single-use plastic packaging and reducing waste at every point of its business model by 2025, with no plastic shopping bags in its retail spaces by the end of 2021.
Vans is also working towards converting all owned and operated facilities to 100% renewable energy by 2025.
In 2017, the company installed a 1MW solar array at its headquarters, achieving a LEED platinum certification, one of the highest standards for sustainable buildings in the world.
Kim Matsoukas, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Vans said: “Enabling creative expression is central to Vans. As a purpose-driven company that is engrained in youth culture, we are leveraging our commitment to creativity to seek new solutions that reimagine the lifecycle of our products and protect the environment for future generations.
“While there’s more work for us to do, through our Vans family, partnerships with PUR Projet, Terra Genesis and other leading environmental organisations, we’re proud to accomplish these goals by 2030 as we look to create a brighter future for our environment, our communities and our planet.”