For The Planet
As the world’s second most polluting industry, it’s no secret fashion isn’t sustainable. While we understand we’re a part of the problem, we’re committed to being part of the solution, too. From sourcing materials that are kinder to our planet to recycling shoes - join us on our journey to keep our world clean, carefree and living.
Balancing Purpose & Profit
We Are Australia’s First B Corp Certified Footwear Label!
We did it. B Corps are businesses that stand by the highest social and environmental standards for people and the planet. Values we live by, and we now have the stamp to prove it.
Managed by B Lab, a non-profit organisation that advocates using business as a force of good. B Corps don’t only measure success in financial terms, but through social and environmental impact, too.
From our efforts to reduce their global footprint to upcycling leather offcuts into Dog Collars & Leads, our journey has just begun. We are on track to seeking new components that are kinder to the earth and questioning our processes.
Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
We have partnered with Greenfleet, committing $95,000 to plant thousands of native species and offset over 5,380 tonnes of carbon!
Greenfleet is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that plants biodiverse native forests that are protected for 100 years. These forests capture carbon emissions to help protect our climate, improve soil and water quality and provide habitat for native wildlife.
We're working hard to reduce the emissions we cause in the manufacture and distribution of the shoes you love. We understand that on its own, carbon offsetting doesn’t prevent global warming, but has a large part to play in the overall approach to carbon management.
Our partnership has enabled the regeneration of biodiverse forests across Australia and New Zealand, truth is, we need to do a lot more and we need your help.
Let’s Go Carbon Neutral
As part of our fight to save our planet, we are encouraging our community to follow in our footsteps
Offset your carbon emissions for an entire year through Greenfleet’s CarbonCover 365 program and we’ll take $65 off your next full-price Bared purchase.
That's right, for just $1 a day you can help save our planet. Oh, and save on shoes too.
The Portugal Edit
Hand-crafted and mindfully constructed, we’re exploring new ways to create our footwear.
With years of experience in crafting traditional men's footwear, we've made the move to Portugal. Using premium materials and timeless techniques, it's time to put your best foot forward.
Each pair is crafted using leather from LWG audited tanneries, Blake stitched and fitted with our 60% sugarcane footbed. We have incorporated vegetable tanning into 60% of our range and will be increasing next season.
It is our mission to create quality pieces you'll wear for years, but it's even more important to improve our processes to be better for our planet. We're proud to say, we're doing both.
Save Our Soles
In 2019, we made it our mission to ensure none of our shoes reach landfill. We teamed up with John Elliott from Save Our Soles, a Melbourne-based company that turns tyres and shoes into rubber mats. An initiative we’re proud to be a part of, it gets even better. The rubber mats are leased, and once they’re used, they make their way back to John to be recycled and repurposed again.
Since then, you've helped us recycle (a whopping!) 16,360 shoes.
RECYCLE WITH US:
We’re recycling all our pre-loved shoes and encourage you to do the same – drop off your old favourites (Bared or not!), anytime at any of our stores.
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OUR SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES:
The same support you know and love, but kinder to the planet. Our new B.plantfoam™ footbed is made from 72% plant-based materials (USDA Certified Biobased). With a carbon footprint of 3.85 kg CO2e, it reduces CO2 emissions by 70% when compared to traditional petroleum-based footbeds.
60% Sugarcane Footbed
We are continuing to research products to increase the bio-content of our footbeds. Sourced from Brazil, we have footbeds made from 60% sugarcane. This fully renewable resource grows quickly, relies on rainwater to thrive (not irrigation) and removes carbon from the atmosphere in the process.
Certified by the Global Recycling Standard (GRS), we've introduced recycled plastic bottles into our Bared range. Otherwise known as, rPET, it is manufactured by shredding used bottles into small flakes, the flakes are melted into pellets, and stretched into a thread.
We're constantly striving to incorporate more natural, renewable materials into our shoes. We're increasing the percentage of rubber in all our sole units and excited to introduce sugarcane into our footbeds.
We understand that this is an ongoing journey, and we're committed to exploring new sustainable components to help reduce our impact.
Dog Collars & Leads
As a growing company, we're conscious about the waste we create and make it our mission to be part of the solution, not the problem. In 2021, we've transformed our leather off-cuts into dog collars! From our cutting room floor to the pet you adore, meet the 'Dog Collars' and 'Dog Leads'!
We're proud to say, so far we've saved and repurposed 51.81kgs of leather offcuts.
Natural Rubber Sandals
Never before seen, we'd like you to meet the Sanderlings! A minimalistic, two-strap style crafted from natural rubber, you're looking at our very first vegan shoe.
Every pair is bundled in its very own beach pouch made from recycled plastic, that's a whole lot of eco-action.
Our postage bags are compostable. Made from plants and non-toxic resin, these satchels will decompose when exposed to enough moisture along with anything inside them.
Since 2019, we have sent over 180,000 compostable satchels.
Every Bared shoe is individually packed in their own reusable drawstring bag, crafted using a hemp blend! Hemp is an all-natural, biodegradable fibre that uses 50% less water to produce than cotton, and creates 200-250% more fibre in the same volume of land.
We're dedicated to reducing our plastic footprint, and strictly use landfill-biodegradable packing tape across the business.
An initiative to eliminate plastic for good, Australian-based company, Biogone manufactures packing tape that can be completely eaten away by natural microorganisms after disposal.
All our shoeboxes double as bags! Crafted from 100% recycled materials, they're perfect for storage (Marie Kondo style) and keeping your shoes in as-new condition.
Across our seven locations in Australia, Brazil, Portugal and China, all our operations are run on renewable energy. Plus! Our Melbourne warehouse is fitted with solar panels to cover our daily usage.
Micro-Pak Dri Clay® Kraft Anti-Mould Paks
You may notice a little brown packet in your shoe box. Crafted from high grade clay and packaged in FSC certified Kraft paper, this bundle of goodness keeps your shoes in tip-top condition by absorbing any moisture and preventing mould during the storage and shipping process.
Great for your shoes but even better for our planet, the Micro-Pak Dri Clay® Kraft Anti Mould Paks are 100% natural, plastic-free and biodegradable.
War on Waste
Waging our own war on waste, we’re actively working towards reducing our coffee cup use and minimising our global footprint. From what started as a duo, to now a (growing!) team of 150 – we believe as a community we can make a difference!
An initiative to change habits and transform mindsets, we encourage a no-plastic environment and offer free daily coffee to all staff who bring their own reusable coffee cup.
FDRA Waste Management Program
We strive to do better for the planet and create greener and cleaner products. In 2022, we joined the FDRA Waste Management Program, an ongoing course that focuses on reducing our environmental impact by eliminating waste in the production and manufacturing phases. The program empowers our factories to identify, sort and recycle waste to keep it out of landfills and provides our suppliers with a new key tool that significantly increases environmental sustainability at the factory level.
While we understand this is only part of the solution, we are proud to partner with a program that shares our goal to strive for better and will continue to do so.
We Stand With Fashion Declares
An urgent shift in behaviour is needed. We stand with a bottom-up, industry-wide global movement of people in the fashion industry who want to learn, share best practices and take action on the climate, ecological and social crisis we face. We have joined a network of individuals to shape culture and behaviour beyond the industry itself.
That’s why, we declare; “The Fashion industry needs an upgrade. It’s time to put an end to the exploitation of people and the planet and work towards a fully circular and zero-waste industry. The Fashion Declares movement plays a crucial role in leading the way, we must unite and implement measurable action to stand a chance. The power is in our hands to make an impact."
Leather Working Group
PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE LEATHER MANUFACTURING WITH THE LEATHER WORKING GROUP
We’re an official Leather Working Group (LWG) member and purchase 100% of our leathers from LWG-certified suppliers. Our leather products support responsible manufacturing via the Leather Working Group.We partnered with LWG in 2019 to reduce the environmental impact of leather production, and work with our suppliers to source leather from LWG-rated tanneries. These tanneries must adhere to a strict protocol, focusing on energy and water usage, waste management, the control of chemicals and more.
OUR SOURCING COMMITMENT:
In addition we ban the use of all exotic animal skins and any endangered species which appear on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species [CITES] or the International Union for Conservation of natures Red List of Threatened Specifies.
We partner with TerraCycle, a global waste management company that collects and repurposes traditionally non-recyclable waste. Through recycling, reusing and transforming recycled content, TerraCycle recycles the unrecyclable. Our Melbourne team have access to the recycling program to help keep waste out of landfills.
Recycled Shoe Lasts
To create crazy comfy shoes, you need a shoe last. A.K.A. A solid form around which a shoe is moulded, the shape determines the fit, performance, ergonomics and style of a shoe.We’re proud to say our suppliers use 100% recycled materials to create all Bared lasts and no virgin materials are used.
The structural components you may not know about.
From October 2020, we’re transforming our sneakers to be kinder to our planet. We're at the start of our journey and working hard to transform all our footwear for the better.
The barrier between footbed and sole used to provide shape. You'll find each insole board is entirely crafted from recycled paper.
Used to reinforce the heel cup of a shoe to provide structure and increase support. 85% is made from GRS-certified recycled plastic.
Material inserted as a stiffener in the toe to provide shape and prevent collapsing. 85% is made from GRS-certified recycled plastic.
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Bared Footwear Warehouse
15 Hamilton Street,
Oakleigh 3166, Australia
HAVE YOUR SAY
Have a suggestion? We’d love to hear from you!
Join us as we take steps towards a better future - we’re constantly evolving, and forever learning. If you have any ideas or interesting eco-friendly components or materials, get in touch!