THE FIRST SHOE TO BE AWARDED: ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION CERTIFICATION
A first and only for the footwear industry: AKU is proud to announce the Bellamont Plus shoe is EPD® Certified meaning it has satisfied strict environmental criteria in relation to its product design and production processes.
An international award, the EPD® measures every step of the production process including how the raw materials are produced (upstream), product assembly and distribution (core) and impact of the product at the end of its life (downstream).
The certification process is based on the International EPD® System. The process stretched over a 12-month period and included liaising with all supply chain partners.
It will provide retailers and end-users with documented reassurance that AKU has a transparent and responsible approach to its product design and production processes.
Going forward the International EPD® System offers a basis from which AKU can plan future development, addressing the most relevant areas of impact, whether that be through more efficient product design or through the use of less impactful materials.
INTERNATIONAL EPD® SYSTEM
Environmental Product Declaration
An EPD® is an independently verified and registered document that, in accordance with ISO 14025, details transparent and comparable information relating to the environmental impact of the life-cycle of products.
The official results of the study, carried out with the International EPD® System, are found in a technical report, made public online at www.environdec.com, the official International EPD® System website.
KNOW TO ACT
The Environmental Product Declaration Certification for the Bellamont Plus communicates AKU’s responsible and transparent approach to both retailers and end-users. It demonstrates AKU’s extensive production knowledge and marks the first step towards the brand effectively reducing the environmental impact of its activities.
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