We have set targets to reduce waste from our manufacturing processes and trace the key materials we use.
In our production processes, we have taken a number of steps to ensure we adopt responsible practices. We partnered with external experts to measure the impact of greenhouse gas emissions of our products on the environment. To do this, we carried out a Lifecycle Assessment of a 1460 boot. Through this assessment, we learned that approximately 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the lifecycle of a pair of 1460 boots comes from producing the materials, such as leather and packaging. Sourcing more sustainable materials is where we can have the biggest impact on reducing our products’ environmental footprint.
What is a Lifecycle Assessment?
A Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) quantifies the environmental impact of a product, material or service, across its entire lifecycle.
Since the start, innovation has been at the core of the Dr. Martens brand and continues to play its role in our products today. We will continue to research and develop more sustainable materials for the future, such as biosynthetic and biodegradable alternatives, while maintaining the DNA of the Dr. Martens brand.
Global supply chain
Our global supply chain consists of manufacturing sites and distribution centres. As well as manufacturing our products in the UK, most of our footwear and accessories are produced in the factories of our trusted partners in eight countries across Europe and Asia.
We map and nominate our key material and component suppliers.
To learn more about our CSR programme in our supply chain, visit our Treat people responsibly page.
Supplier environmental standards
Our Environmental Standards set out our expectations for our suppliers’ environmental management. We monitor our key suppliers against these standards and their environmental performance through our ongoing supplier monitoring programme. We also monitor our key suppliers’ energy, water, waste and chemicals use on a quarterly basis.
Our Restricted Substances Policy is key to ensuring that our products comply with all relevant product safety legislation and requirements. Every new material and component type in our products goes through a rigorous testing programme to ensure it is compliant. Product compliance is monitored further from development to bulk production through ongoing testing.