SUSTAINABILITY

– It’s finally a reality

Great importance and time has been given to researching and sourcing sustainable leathers. Now, it finally has become a reality:

We present our very first sustainable leather range for all our outdoor shoes in 6 basic colors: Black, navy, grey, cognac, brown and olive. The leather applied here is 100% vegetable tanned, 100% biodegradable, 100% ecological and 100% chrome-free!

We are also very excited to reveal that all our insole linings are now 100% sustainable and chrome-free.

– Did you know

… only about 10% of the fashion industry uses vegetable tanning to process the hides in a pure and natural way without using any harmful chemicals?

It is a more complex, costlier and slower method of tanning which demands in-depth expertise from the tanneries. Therefore, 90% of the fashion industry default to the more popular and controversial tanning method, chrome-tanning.

Due to the use of chromium salts, this method is very detrimental to the environment and particularly damaging to human health. Despite these significant disadvantages, chrome-tanning is so widespread as it is quicker process which can be automated and carried out within one day.

– Because tradition and craftsmanship matter

At Petit Nord, we have made the conscious decision to produce and source all our products and materials in Europe. We believe in supporting small family-run workshops, where craftsmanship, tradition, and passion for the trade is embedded deeply in the family’s roots.

Our shoes are hand-made in three to four different small family-run workshops in Portugal.

Our knitwear is hand-knitted in a small workshop in Estonia. The knitters are a combination of retired elderly women and young single mothers seeking an extra income. They all have the freedom to knit at home at their leisure or gather at their local workshop on Saturdays. Our skilled seamstresses in Poland help us realize our timeless shearling designs.

– AW18 – SHOES

At Petit Nord, we have chosen to pursue the path of vegetable tanning. This process is associated to tradition and craftsmanship and has a much less negative impact towards the environment and to our children’s health.

We are excited to reveal that all our insole linings are now 100% ecological and chrome-free. We present our very first ecological leather range for all our outdoor shoes in 6 colors: Black, navy, grey, cognac, brown and olive. The leather applied here is 100% vegetable tanned, 100% biodegradable, 100% ecological and 100% chrome-free!

The leather welts on our waterproof shoes are made out of 100% recycled leather. This means the welts made up of comprised left-over leather scraps from production taking us one step closer to reaching our continuous goal of minimizing waste where we can.

OUR SOLES

Today our soles are made up of recycled TR. What is TR? TR means Thermoplastic Rubber and is a synthetic plastic material. In our case we only use recycled TR. We found that the properties of TR soles, in terms of flexibility, support and heat control are great, and in some cases perform better than natural rubber.

SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT
The fashion- and shoe industry produces a lot of waste. Too much waste. The TR we are using is recycled and comes from rejected/leftover TR soles. We are remolding the rejected soles, that will otherwise go to waste.

We believe using recycled TR product is an important active sustainable choice, as the current surging demand for natural rubber is causing massive deforestation in order to make space for natural rubber plantations, decimating some of the worlds most endangered forests, putting wildlife and critical ecosystems at risk.

With the current rate of deforestation, it is estimated that within 100 years there will be no rainforest.

ERGONOMICS
We have taken into consideration the experience of our Portugese partner, who is head of our shoe production, a second-generation shoe maker. Together we have reached the following conclusions:

1. TR has the same performance qualities in terms of support and strength as rubber.

2. TR has better endurance, meaning less wear and tear, including better adaptation to changing weather. When the temperature is high, the natural rubber becomes flexible and even starts to melt. The sole can become extra worn in one side, which is bad for little walkers needing proper support. When the temperatures are low, rubber becomes hard, reducing the flexibility of the shoes.

3. Finally, the TR sole is much lighter compared to rubber and therefore does not impede the child’s movement in any way. The TR sole, we feel, is ergonomically and sustainably a better fit for us. Our sustainable journey has just begun and we are on a continuous hunt for better and more sustainable materials.


Our chrome-free journey has just started and we have so much more to achieve. We wish to expand our collection with even more sustainable materials, eventually solely promoting 100% sustainable footwear. We are happy to have begun this process….as it just makes so much more sense to us.

– SHEARLING

Petit Nord exclusively uses Spanish shearling skins that are a by-product of the meat industry. It is our ambition only to use ecological and chrome-free shearling skins in the very near future. We are currently testing this option.