close up of Sanuk shoes
close up of Sanuk shoes

Our Materials and Packaging

Natural Materials
Nature provides a mind-bending bounty of wholesome materials out there, so using naturally occurring substances such as hemp, cotton, linen, jute, straw, cork, responsibly sourced leather and more is just our jam.

Recycled Materials
We love using reincarnated rubbish in the form of quality, eco-minded materials—like rPET REPREVE®, recycled polyester, cotton, EVA, foams, plus other upcycled stuff—and are always exploring innovative ways to source even more.

Sustainable Hemp
Arguably the most sustainable natural fiber, this environmentally friendly material lets farmers save water, naturally replenish the soil, replant multiple times per year and harvest more often. Stronger and more durable than other natural fibers, hemp also softens with each wear.

Our vegan shoes, sandals, Sidewalk Surfers and boots are carefully made with absolutely no animal products or byproducts—so you can feel good about feeling so dang good in these Sanuks.

Responsible Leather
We don’t use leather often, but when we do, it’s responsibly sourced from Leather Working Group tanneries. LWG aligns environmental priorities, brings visibility to best practices and guides continual industry improvement.

Machine Washable
Don’t lose ’em…re-use ’em! Many of our shoes are machine washable. Simply remove the sock liner, toss into a cold cycle and then let them air dry. Boom. Fresh kicks with an extended lifespan. There’s nothing more sustainable than making your favorite shoes last longer.

Responsible Cotton
We support the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which seeks to make cotton production better for the planet and the people who produce it. Furthering our commitment to using more responsible cotton, we have also signed the Sourcing Network's Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan cotton pledges, committing to not source from these regions due to the practice of forced labor in their cotton sector. Sanuk promises to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

We utilize Yulex raw materials in three key parts of our shoe construction (rubber shell, neoprene collar, and rubber outsole). Yulex brings non-sensitizing, high performing, 100% plant based, specialty natural rubber materials to brands like Sanuk.

Yulex is a registered trademark of Yulex Corporation.

Packaging Lifecycle Assessment (LCA)
We look at sustainability holistically: from product design, to product materials, to packaging. We are proud to have conducted a packaging materials LCA and through that exercise were able to set some lofty but highly attainable goals to further our packaging environmental savings. From increasing our use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper, to using less plastic and less paper, we are doing our part to reduce the environmental impact of our packaging materials. We estimate that by early 2020 our efforts will have saved approximately 70,000 trees – that a lot of trees!

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