This short guide provides strategies to assist footwear companies in the development of footwear products with lower environment footprint.
The project aims to implement, demonstrate and disseminate a Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology for footwear and to develop efficient ecodesign, recycling and manufacturing solutions, in order to obtain performing shoes with a lower PEF
In particular, LIFE GreenShoes4All intends to achieve a Single Market for Green Products by promoting the great added value of the innovative Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) methodology.
The project also intends to test and demonstrate new recycling routes in the EU footwear value chain and to establish and compare, through demonstrative experimentations, innovative ecodesign concepts and eco-processes for shoe manufacturing.
• Implement a Footwear Environmental Footprint Category Rules (FEFCR) methodology
• Establish innovative ecodesign concepts and eco-processes for shoe manufacturing with great transfer potential to other sectors (i.e. leather goods, clothes, etc.)
• Test new recycling routes in the EU footwear value chain to reduce raw materials needed and wastes discarded
• Contribute to building a Single Market for Green Products by demonstrating the great added value of the footwear PEFCR methodology for producers, retailers and consumers
• Allow beneficiaries to acquire experience and knowledge resulting in new services and products to market
• Application of FEFCR's demonstration pilot to different footwear styles produced in the EU
• Reports on PEFCR's applicability to selected shoe styles and recommendations to reduce the environmental footprint
• Development of innovative sustainable green shoes and components, as well as ecodesign, recycling and manufacturing methodologies for low Footwear Environmental Footprint (FEF) & sustainable footwear
• A strategy to ensure sustainability, replicability and transferability of the project to other sectors
“integration of environmental
aspects into product design and development, with the aim of
reducing adverse environmental impacts throughout a product’s
Product environmental Footprint (PEF) is a method based on a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
On 7th September 2022, the partners of the LIFE GreenShoes4All project met again in hybrid format, this time in Elda (Spain) at the INESCOP premises, or virtually.
On 1st June 2022, the LIFE GreenShoes4All project organised an online conference
EU green week 2022 partner event
A step forward reaching a Circular Economy in the footwear industry
LIFE GreenShoes4All project supports EU footwear companiesin their green transition
An opportunity for strengtheningthe resilience of a
sustainable footwear industry
The LIFE GreenShoes4All project is measuring the environmental impact of footwear products to help manufacturers reduce their waste and emissions.