Social Sustainability Considerations In Footwear Manufacture

Social Sustainability Considerations In Footwear Manufacture

Rodrigo Lopes Wednesday, 1 September 2021

A 13 minute lesson that looks at key social sustainability considerations you should make when manufacturing footwear. Director of sustainable materials solutions marketplace Global Green, Rodrigo Lopes, joined us to give insight into how footwear manufacture operates in his home Brazil, where he also operated shoemaking factories. Learn about how to ensure skilled footwear producers retain and pass on their skills, the importance of pushing for fair trade manufacturing principles, and what footwear production looks like in South America.

Thumbnail image: Bolivian footwear factory via Voa News

In this lesson you will learn:

  • The history of shoemaking in Brazil
  • The problems created by fast fashion and mass production
  • Considerations for a sustainable, resilient industry
  • Considerations for ethical, sustainable footwear production
  • Advice on starting a sustainable footwear brand

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