• Session 3 | Sustainable Shoe Materials, Certifications, and Standards

    Monday, September 27, 2021: Expert Insight Videos available on-demand

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021: Live Webinar plus Face-to-Face Q&A and Discussions on Key Issues


    With a range of new materials coming out, how do you really know which ones are sustainable and which ones are not? What are the new materials that work for footwear, and who can I buy them from? What groups and standards should I know about so I can make more informed decisions when it comes to design, development, and production using these materials? What percent recycled, bio, or other are standard? Yes, we cover all this and more.


    Session 3 focus:

    • New types of Environmentally Preferred Materials (EPM)
    • What the industry standards are for EPMs
    • What groups or bodies oversee recycled content, bio content, etc.
    • What is an LCA?
    • Formulating a real strategy to transform your lines with EPMs


    What to expect:

    • Monday, September 27: Session 3 kicks off here at 12:00 pm EST with access to several hours of recorded videos to help attendees understand these issues in-depth, train in how to think about them as part of your process and strategy, as well as key case studies and examples from industry leaders and experts to provide real-life experiences and new ideas.
    • Wednesday, September 29 (1.5 hours of live sessions, recording available on-demand after): There will be two live back-to-back sessions beginning at 2:00 pm EST for key overviews and insights and a robust Q&A session with all attendees. First is a 45-minute live webinar featuring a panel of industry leaders discussing issues in-depth and fleshing out the ideas seen in Monday's training videos. Following the webinar will be a 45-minute live face-to-face session on Zoom meeting to allow all attendees the opportunity to ask questions to panelists and give opinions and comments to foster a robust debate and idea exchange, similar to an FDRA working group meeting. 
    • As we approach these dates, we will be updating this page with more specific topics and items we will cover.
    • All login info will be sent to you prior to the event and will be accessible from this page.
    • All content will be available on-demand for up to 4 months after the summit.
  • Session 3 Speakers

    Director and Sustainability Leader,

    Chief Sustainability Officer,

    PrimeAsia Leather Company

    Sustainability & Circularity,

    Circuthon Consulting

    Vice President of Sustainable Business Development,

    ISA Tan Tec

    Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer,


    Product Strategy Manager, Natural Fiber Welding

    Co-Lead, Global Sustainability,
    Lenzing Group

    Head of Chem-MAP Consulting
    Eurofins BLC

    Global TPE T&I Director,

    Chief Marketing Officer,

    Director, Account Management,

    Dynamic Foam

    Director, Technical Consulting & Supply Chain Solutions, Inspections, Audits and Assessments,

    Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc.

    Senior Materials Manager, Footwear,


    The Footwearists

    Senior Vice President,

  • How the Shoe Sustainability Digital Summit works


    Register for the Summit

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    Attend Sessions

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    On-Demand Access

    Your registration provides continued access to all content from this site, so you can return for data and info on-demand for up to 4 months.


    Low cost and special group discounts for FDRA members

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