Design for a Brighter Tomorrow
We are using a design-based approach to begin our journey towards sustainability, with environmental considerations at the forefront.
Repair & Reuse
We are committed to reducing waste at all levels. We have launched Aftercare Powered by The Restory to help with repair and maintenance, while the Beya Second Life program lets customers return their shoes to us to be upcycled by a group of artists in exchange for a disocunt. Components that can not be upcycled will be disposed of responsibly.
High Design & Craftmanship
Our shoes are handmade in Italy marrying high craft with cutting technology. These family run ateliers comply with all the highest European labour standards. We are dedicated to make beautifully designed, long-lasting shoes, to encourage our customer to buy better and wear longer. View our Anti Modern Slavery Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct.
Natural & Compostable Materials
We are focused on using natural and compostable materials throughout our design process and removing synthetics. Whether choosing Nature-L ®️ leathers and suedes, or organic silks and woven hemp we are evolving our product strategy to focus on materials that are much easier on the environmental not just at production level but end of life too. Find out more about our materials.
Eden Reforestation Projects
- Tree planting
- Success so far
- employ to plant
Deforestation is a global phenomenon caused by a variety of factors. These factors range from large-scale slash and burn practices to unsustainable agriculture to daily community forest destruction.
By purchasing a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, you are helping to replenish native trees and help alleviate extreme poverty through our ‘employ to plant’ environmental partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. For every purchase we make a donation to Eden and plant 10 trees.
- What are we doing?
As a result of moving away from extensive use of plastics in our products and packaging, we are inevitably increasing the demand for forest-based products, particularly components made from cellulose – for example, our insoles and paper packaging.
We are proud to announce our collaboration with Canopy and the beginning of our journey to protecting ancient and endangered forests. Canopy is a non-profit organisation whose work focuses on protecting the world’s most vital forests, the species that inhabit them and the climate.
We are starting by implementing a preferential policy to purchase products with high recycled content or alternative fibres. Our goal is to have all products, packaging and all office paper be made 100% from recycled or alternative sources such as agricultural waste or hemp by the end of next year. Find out more.
Aftercare Powered by The Restory
- The Restory
We have partnered with The Restory to offer bespoke repairs, masterfully worked by their specialist artisans.
Sustainability is not just about choosing the right materials, it is also about making your shoes go the extra mile. According to the Chalmers University of Technology (Fashion industry gains new tools to reduce nvironmental load, 2017), 70% of the environmental impact of a piece is created during manufacture. So the longer you wear your shoes, the better it is for the environment.
Repair is a crucial step in the hierarchy of waste prevention and we could not be happier about offering this repair and aftercare option with the help of The Restory. Find out more and book a collection.
We are using a design-based approach to begin our journey towards sustainability, with environmental considerations at the forefront. Over the next year we will be exploring all aspects of our business, looking at different ways to reduce and ultimately eliminate any negative climate impacts through our supply chain and product. We are also working to become a more circular business, not just by creating lower waste products but also empowering our customers, partners and suppliers to choose more positively and embrace sustainable business practises.We have a lot of work ahead but look forward to sharing this journey with you. Find out more about our materials and components.