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    Critical Course 1 | Sustainable Shoe Endings: Recycling, Waste Management & Circularity

    Waste management at the shoe factory level and end-of-life post-consumer discussions are growing inside brands and retailers. This topic area focuses on understanding these issues in-depth and “how-to” make them happen via experts in the field discussing challenges and opportunities.

  • Critical Course 1 content, including 17 recorded classes, interviews, and webinars with sustainability expert contributors, covers:​

    • Overview of Footwear Waste Streams
    • Lasts and More Sustainable Manufacturing and Fewer Returns
    • Recycling Post-Industrial TPU Waste
    • Understanding Mechanical Recycling
    • Regenerative Sole Material
    • Mapping and Tracking Waste Streams
    • Shoe Factory Waste Program
    • Therpol Recycled Materials Performance
    • Understanding Chemical Recycling
    • Understanding Biodegradation and Composting
    • Organize and Finance a Take Back System
    • The Sustainable Journey of a ZERO Plastics Shoe
    • Turning Trash into Trainers
    • Recycling Worn Shoes
    • Footwear Waste Management

    Low cost and special group discounts for FDRA members