Organic & Recycled Materials

Committed to make timeless sneakers and use them as a vehicle for change.

Upper | Leather Working Group (LWG)

We use leather that’s certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG) for the upper part of our shoe. We buy the leather from our Portuguese supplier, who gets it mainly from European cows (Spain and Portugal).

When we started Wado one year ago, we realized that until the meat industry doesn’t stop, leather would be a sub-product that if not used, will end up in landfills. We would never kill for the leather but the truth is that there are very little “non-fuel-based” available materials on the market that simulate leather that can be used for the upper part of the shoe.

This now called “vegan” materials are mainly synthetics and microfibers, generally made of plastic and are far from being biodegradable, so definitely that is not a solution for the environment neither. Nevertheless, leather is a readily available waste product with great design possibilities that performs exceptionally well in terms of breathability, durability and comfort.

However, we will keep looking for an environmentally friendly “non-fuel-based” substitute, as we will be really happy to use it for our shoes.

Lining & Laces | Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

We use organic cotton that’s certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for the linings, laces and Wado socks. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. A product with this label ensures a minimum of 95% of organic fibers.

Becoming GOTS certified is by no means easy, but to us there is no other way. GOTS helps ensure that our organic cotton is sourced in the most ethical and sustainable ways from seed, to stitch, and finally, to sleep.

Organic cotton is beneficial for our environment and our health because it is grown in fertile landfields that are free of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic chemical fertilizers, and in addition it is spun and produced without toxic chemicals. Additionally, organic agriculture respects the cycles of Earth, trying to maintain a balance preserving the land for future uses.

Every time we use a certified organic product, we are getting both socially and environmentally committed, we are betting on a slightly cleaner and safer world, and we are helping the Planet and our future generations.

Outsole | 30% natural and 70% synthetic

Our outsole is made in Portugal and composed by 30% natural rubber and 70% synthetic rubber as this mix allows maximum performance and comfort.

Using only natural rubber would mean production problems as it is a material too flexible to work with. Apart from that, 100% natural rubber outsoles are more slippery and they get worn out more easily too.

We will be introducing recycled rubber very soon since our aim is to reduce waste drastically.

Insole | From European automotive factories

We recover Polyurethane (PU) leftovers from European automotive factories that otherwise would become waste, and we transform it into brand new insoles.

Our insole is especially designed and developed in perfect harmony with the environment, with excellent physical and mechanical properties. It’s key component, Carbon, is a plant-based substance that has absorbing properties and has also breathability and desorption properties, which eliminates moisture, thermal sensation and unwanted odors.

Counter & Puff | 35% woodchips

The counter and the puff are invisible stiff piece materials positioned between the lining and the upper, that help maintain the shape of the shoe. The counter helps strengthen the rear of the shoe and the puff helps the toe cap.

We recover thermoplastic leftovers plates and we transform them into new puffs and counters, adding also up to 35% of wood chips recovered from the carpentry industry.

Box & paper | FSC-PEFC certified

We use 100% recycled boxes and paper manufactured in Portugal with the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certifications.

When timber leaves an FSC or PEFC certified forest we ensure companies along the supply chain meet our best practice standards, so when a product bears the FSC / PEFC logo, you can be sure it’s been made from responsible sources. In this way, both certifications help forests remain thriving environments for generations to come, by helping you make ethical and responsible choices.