The SeaCycled footwear collection is made with recycled and eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes. This season includes recycled canvas uppers made with 100 percent recycled polyester (rPET). Approximately 12 recycled plastic bottles are used to make one pair of shoes. The collection also uses repurposed leather waste and recycled rubber outsoles.
Sperry’s goal is that half of the models produced will be part of the SeaCycled Collection by 2024, the company said in a press release. The company has partnered with PangeaSeed Foundation, an international non-profit organisation that utilises the universal power of art to further the conservation of our oceans. Sperry has also renewed its partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance, a US-based global movement that unites more than 300 community-based Waterkeepers around the world to preserve and protect everyone’s right to clean water.
The 2022 SeaCycled collection features the Authentic Original Boat Shoe, Sperry’s classic boat shoe, the Captain’s Moc, and laces made from 100 percent recycled polyester, and a lightweight EVA outsole; and the Soletide Racy, a sporty low-profile sneaker made with reclaimed leather uppers and recycled rubber outsoles.
“Sperry’s customers want sustainable products but are willing to make zero compromises. They need to look good, be made well, and be offered at the same price. With these qualifications in mind, we have proudly designed several undyed styles that celebrate the materials while using less water and energy, and producing less waste,” Sean McDowell, SVP of global product, Sperry, said in a statement.
“Protecting and sustainably managing water, our most essential natural resource, is a responsibility that is shared by everyone. Our partnership with Sperry will highlight the importance of engagement at all levels, the impact of our actions, and how incremental change can lead to long-term solutions and tangible results,” Marc Yaggi, CEO, Waterkeeper Alliance, said.