BIRTH
Engineering Principles.
1
Minimize Carbon Footprint.
Design for low impact.
2
Measure Everything.
Provide transparency on materials, supply chain and logistics.
3
There is an Afterlife.
Include free and easy End-of-Life recycling with all sneakers.
Minimize Carbon Footprint.

The industry average sneaker footprint is 12.5 kg C02e. Our sneakers have smaller footprints, but not small enough. We're commited to becoming carbon neutral from birth. That's why we give detailed material descriptions and meticulously measure our environmental impact (via accredited third-party environmental agencies). Until our emissions are zero we offset all remaining footprint with the UN program Climate Neutral Now.

Measure Everything.

Sugarcane

Minimising plastic in soles

Sugarcane is a grass (a renewable biological fiber). Sugarcane reproduces naturally in cycles of less than a year, making it inherently a sustainable fiber. The sugarcane that Roscomar uses comes from Brazil. Our Sugarcane is watered by rainfall which thereby limits manual irrigation and uses minimal fertilization. The sugarcane is harvested and processed into granules that can be used like other petroleum based EVA materials.

Sugarcane

Minimising plastic in soles

Sugarcane is a grass (a renewable biological fiber). Sugarcane reproduces naturally in cycles of less than a year, making it inherently a sustainable fiber. The sugarcane that Roscomar uses comes from Brazil. Our Sugarcane is watered by rainfall which thereby limits manual irrigation and uses minimal fertilization. The sugarcane is harvested and processed into granules that can be used like other petroleum based EVA materials.

Recycled Leather

Recycled leather used in Roscomar sneakers is made from leather scraps upcycled from glove manufacturing cut offs. The leather scraps are bound together with latex and non-harmful chemicals, the product maintains a leather content 90% higher than most upcycled leathers. Our recycled leather is comprised of 60% upcycled leather waste, 30% latex and 10% PU compound.

Natural Rubber

Our natural rubber (75%) is biodegradable and as it is grown responsibly, increases biodiversity and absorbs carbon. We mix this with 25% recycled rubber to make the outsole abrasion-resistant and also to utilize pre-existing rubber and save it from landfill.


Leather

Minimising Plastic in Uppers

Leather offers many natural properties perfect for sneakers - it is naturally breathable, shapes and stretches to your feet, highly durable, resistant to dirt and can be treated to be weatherproof. Gold certification from LWG means our supplier has been audited across a number of factors including tannery processes, renewable energy levels and water usage and waste.

Organic Cotton

We use GOTS certified organic cotton, which limits the use of toxic bleaches, dyes and other chemical inputs during the production process. In order to qualify for this certification, all of our cotton components must contain at least 95% organic cotton fibers.


Recycled Nylon

Roscomar uses regenerated nylon made from post-consumer and post-production waste such as fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpets. Nylon is a strong and versatile fiber that can be recycled over and over again if recycled responsibly and not discarded as landfill.

Recycled Polyester

Recycled polyester is made from post-consumer waste. This is generally comprised of recycled plastic bottles and polyester fabrics from fashion and other industries.

TENCEL

Minimising Plastic in Uppers

TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are produced by Lenzing AG in a closed loop production process. The main wood used for fiber production is eucalyptus and acacia, aspen, birch, maple and southern pine are also used.


Care

Minimizing carbon footprint by extending product life

See our Product care page for products and our FAQs or contact us for care tips.

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There is an Afterlife.
What becomes of your sneakers?
Our goal

Our goal is to offer total sustainability throughout the product lifecycle, from design and production through end-of-life. By sourcing renewable materials and recycling them, we can target an environmental impact of zero or better.
Recycling program

Afterlife is the Roscomar recycling program. We offer free end-of-life returns which means that we can take your old Roscomars and reincarnate them into something new so they don't end up in landfill or incineration, which is the fate of 85%+ of shoes globally.
Global leaders

We work with global leaders in textile and footwear recycling. We disassemble the components of each sneaker and recycle that which can be recycled, such as rubber. Natural materials such as leather, suede, and cotton, are composted or reprocessed to make new materials.
What becomes of your sneakers?
Our goal

Our goal is to offer total sustainability throughout the product lifecycle, from design and production through end-of-life. By sourcing renewable materials and recycling them, we can target an environmental impact of zero or better.
Recycling program

Afterlife is the Roscomar recycling program. We offer free end-of-life returns which means that we can take your old Roscomars and reincarnate them into something new so they don't end up in landfill or incineration, which is the fate of 95%+ of shoes globally.
Global leaders

We work with global leaders in textile and footwear recycling. We disassemble the components of each sneaker and recycle that which can be recycled, such as rubber. Natural materials such as leather, suede, and cotton, are composted or reprocessed to make new materials.
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Back to base.
Free returns for recycling