The production of our shoes roughly consists of three elements: selecting sustainable materials, a sustainable production process and fair working conditions.
By opting for sustainable materials from the start, we try to keep our ecological footprint small. We choose non-toxic, sustainably produced or recycled materials which take less energy to produce. The most valuable and iconic material of a Loints shoe is leather. Our leather is LWG Gold certified Terracare leather. ThisTerracare leather is made by Lederfabrik Heinen in Germany. They produce leather without PCP, benzidine and use 40% less water than regular leather tanneries. With the use of our leather, efficiency is very important and we do everything we can to minimize cutting waste. In addition, we use natural rubber or recycled sole materials as much as possible. We only choose materials that are strong and durable enough so that the finished product can last a very long time. Take for example our outsoles; we glue and stitch them so that they are extra durable and have a longer lifespan.
In addition to the sustainable materials we use, the production process also makes our shoes sustainable. Due to our minimal design aesthetics and high-quality materials, fewer steps are required to produce a pair of shoes, which means less energy is wasted. We strive to reuse and recycle as much as possible. This efficient way of producing ensures that we can still produce our shoes in Europe at an reasonable price.
We pride ourselves on the fact that all our shoes are made in our own factory in Hungary. As a family business, we have always felt the urge to run our business as sustainably as possible considering our future. We want to deliver the best quality, which we believe cannot be achieved by exploiting people or by unsafe working conditions. As a 100-year-old family business owning our own factory, we have a strong relationship with our employees and would never think of changing factory for a better price. We believe this is essential to delivering the ultimate quality.
Not only the factory, but also all of the materials we use come from Europe. European products give us the guarantee that the quality of the goods is up to standard. Thanks to these shorter lines of contact, we believe this is the best way to maintain a good relationship and guarantee ethically responsible working conditions. In addition, thanks to the shorter distance, the CO2 emissions are kept to a minimum. We believe good working conditions and less CO2 emissions are just as important for a sustainable product as the production process.