23 Nov 2022

Footwear industry trade association Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has released its 2022 Shoe Sustainability Benchmark & Progress Report, writes ILM.


The report is based on survey of footwear professionals across the industry conducted by FDRA between September and October 2022.

In an overarching question, FDRA asked respondents whether the footwear industry is making real sustainability progress. At 74.19%, the majority believed that the industry “has made some progress, but not significant”, while 20.43% believed there was no real progress and a small number thought that the industry making great strides forward.

In a material insights section, the report found that 41% of survey respondents said they are using more biobased materials now than last year, while 44% plan to use more biobased materials in upcoming and specific SKUs (stock keeping units).

Meanwhile, just 24% of respondents said that they are asking suppliers for life cycle assessments (LCAs) to compare materials, while 44% confirmed they are using a tool (Higg or others) to compare environmentally preferred materials.

Given the chance to respond to the question “What is the biggest problem our industry faces on sustainability AND/OR what is the biggest issue you face as you work on sustainability issues?”, one respondent replied: “Our biggest problem(s) is lack of an agreement, definition, and/or framework defining what ‘sustainability’ is and how to jointly address it.”

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


Follow Us On:

Contact us