We operate in all our production sites to internationally recognised environmental laws & regulations and expect all of our material and component suppliers to do the same.

Our mission is to make our product as sustainable as possible & to ensure that all production processes are efficient & renewable.

We know that protecting the environment & living life in a sustainable way is highly important to you our customers & as we continue this process of improvement & learning we look forward to sharing our progress with you as you join us on our journey.

Listed below are the core pillars of our Environmental & Sustainability policy.

Product

For 140 years here at Loake Bros Ltd we have been manufacturing high quality durable footwear crafted for longevity & lasting performance.

In this modern age of disposability, we are proud that our product is in no way designed, developed or crafted to be thrown away but produced to give a long life of wear if treated & cared for correctly.

For many years we have been offering a repair service for our product in the true spirit of sustainability and we continue to support the ethos of renew, reuse & repair.

The main constituent material in our product is leather a natural by-product & fully biodegradable.

We are very aware the sourcing & production of leather can have an environmental impact therefore we are engaging on a programme of traceability & visibility of our leather sourcing practices to monitor & track our raw materials back to the tanneries & eventually even further back beyond that.

We continue to search for the best materials and components for our product & to partner with suppliers who are as committed as we are to protect the environment & the planet.

Energy

Over the last few years, we have invested heavily in new forms of renewable energy to help reduce our carbon footprint and enhance our energy efficiency & reduce our consumption of global resources.

This includes fitting solar panels to the roof of our UK production site & investment in high efficiency generators. We continue to research and investigate all forms of energy saving & efficiencies to reduce our overall carbon footprint.

We continue to work with our production partners & suppliers to ensure that they are also doing all they can to be energy efficient & reduce emissions.

Packaging

We endeavour to limit the amount of packaging waste that we create through the process of our global sourcing practices & where possible we are reducing packaging & looking to use recyclable or re-usable materials.

Our product is sold and delivered to you in beautifully crafted boxes made from recycled & recyclable materials.

We continue to investigate new innovative packaging materials that use fewer natural resources & that are recyclable and fully circular.

Waste Management

All businesses create waste, particularly in the manufacturing sector. We only dispose of our waste through globally recognised partners who reprocess, recycle and responsibly dispose of waste.

We aim for zero landfill and work with our global production partners and material and component suppliers to ensure that they also act responsibly regarding waste disposal and management.

Progress Reporting

Our objective is to be transparent in reporting our progression & continual improvement in becoming more energy efficient, reducing our packaging use & waste, while managing our carbon footprint.

We will do this through developing & building (EMS) Environmental Management Systems & Carbon Footprint Mapping through both our waste disposal partners and third party independent environmental organisations & agencies.

Commitment of Intent

– To develop our product to be sustainable & renewable
– Reduce our energy consumption
– To reduce our packaging usage
– Manage monitor & track our waste disposal
– Be open transparent & honest about our progress
– Make Environmental & Sustainability targets ongoing business policy for annual review