We’re not a newcomer or just jumping on the “green” bandwagon because it is popular. Our 230 year heritage as shoemakers reflect an environmental sensibility that continues to evolve and shape who we are as a brand and as a company.
First are the goods — the stuff our product is made out of — and our production techniques. Sensibility, economy and conservation have always been part of the process:
Cork, latex and jute are some of the few sustainable raw materials used/available in the footwear industry. Of these components, cork is actually really cool stuff. Did you know?
There is little waste from our production processes:
Our footwear is packaged in boxes made of 90% recycled paper and printed with inks that are environmentally friendly.
Birkenstock manufacturing and production must comply with stringent recycling and waste laws in Germany where the manufacturer is responsible for all the packaging components and their recyclability.
Learn more about this waste reduction at der Grüne Punkt. Take a look at the bottom of a Birkenstock shoe box and you will see the der Grüne Punkt logo.
You can repair your Birkenstock footwear — what a great concept in an age of disposable everything, including cheap shoes that clutter our closets or end up in garbage and then landfill!
If you properly take care of your Birkenstock shoes, they will provide you with continued comfort for many years
Find a local retailer who can help give new life to and keep your Birkenstock footwear in top shape.
When your Birkenstock footwear finally reaches the end of the road, recycle them!
You too can coordinate a shoe drive by contacting friends, family and neighbors and by donating some of the shoes you have in your closet; you would be surprised how your gift of something so basic that most of us take it for granted can impact a life.
It's easy. Get a box and start collecting, and you’ll be surprised at people’s generosity!
We strive to be authentic and naturally eco-friendly, not eco-chic. We didn't just jump on the green bandwagon; we actually have a history of being a company with a conscience.
Birkenstock USA, LP is a Marin County Green Business, which is part of the larger six county organization of over 600 businesses in California.
We're recognized for:
Since we're all part of the community where we live and shop, please visit our store locator to find a retailer near you who can best take care of your Birkenstock needs.
Our retailers, who are independently owned, share many of these same values and belief in the product…that is what attracts them to the Birkenstock Brand. You can support a local business and find the best place to shop for, repair and care for your Birkenstock footwear. And meet some nice folks at the same time!
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