Pforzheim University analyzed environmental aspects in the production of Botties®.
With the Botties soles we have always pursued a sustainable purpose: the very robust material promises an enormous longevity, so that the soles can be redesigned several times. A disposable product, who would want that nowadays? Likewise, we attach great importance to plastic-free packaging in product presentation and shipping. These are already the first steps towards a responsible product.
For us it is clear: the self-designed and manufactured Botties® should be more sustainable than shoes from mass production. But are they really? We turned to Pforzheim University with this question in mind.
How ecological is our DIY shoe? Ole Riexinger and Jan-Cem Gürzoglu, students of the “Business Administration-Ressource Efficiency Management” course at Pforzheim University, investigated this question in detail in their project work last semester. They applied the life cycle assessment method and examined the materials required to completely cover and protect two feet of shoe size 38 (EUR). All processes were taken into account, from the manufacture of the raw materials to the handmade production by the customer and the energy and material flows generated in the process.
The result: Compared to conventional shoes, our DIY shoe performed very well in the life cycle assessment. The climate impact of the production and use of the Botties shoes was calculated in terms of CO2 equivalents, which are lower than those of an industrially produced shoe. In addition to this result, the students were able to give us concrete recommendations for further optimization. Riexinger classifies the results: “Our analysis showed that already about one third of the CO2 emissions are saved by using latex insoles and organic cotton instead of felt and polyester.” Gürzoglu also found the project very interesting: “It was really motivating to work on a real issue and develop concrete proposals for practical application.”
The project was supervised by Dr. Claus Lang-Koetz, Professor of Sustainable Technology and Innovation Management at the Faculty of Business and Law, and Professor Dr. Jörg Woidasky, an expert in sustainable product development at the Faculty of Engineering.
We are very happy about the great result! The topics of sustainability and the life cycle assessment will continue to occupy us when it comes to developing our new sneaker sole. Stay tuned 🌿