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Our Commitment to Sustainability

Staheekum believes we have an environmental responsibility to produce product with quality, durability, and versatility. We are constantly seeking out new innovative materials that are responsibly sourced to include in our products. By choosing a sustainable product, you are supporting a movement that respects the planet and people. 

  • Eco Friendly
  • other Materials
  • Partners
  • Practices

Recycled water bottle lining (PET)

Staheekum is proud to partner with Repreve - which transforms recycled bottles into polyester, the fiber is then created into soft lining (trust us it's super soft). They use processes like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more for reliable, durable quality. Compared to making new fiber, Repreve offsets using new petroleum, which  emits fewer greenhouse gases, and conserving water and energy in the process.


Learn more about Repeve at repreve.com.

Leather Working Group

The Leather Working Group assesses and promotes sustainable practices of leather manufactures, and consistently strives to encourage environmental improvement in the leather industry. LWG has identified best practices in the industry and provides guidelines for continual improvement, while giving manufacturers the knowledge to make informed, sustainable choices. 


By using sustainable suede in our products, we are helping to improve water reduction and energy reduction in our environments.


Learn more about Leather Working Group at leatherworkinggroup.com

Ortholite Hybrid

Ortholite Hybrid insoles feature 5% recycled rubber and 15% production waste for 20% eco-content for uncompromised performance with less impact on the planet. Combining recycled rubber, waste foam and our open-cell foam, it goes the distance and retains all the performance attributes OrthoLite is known for—with less impact on the environment.


Learn more about Ortholite Hybrid at ortholite.com.

Global Recycle Standard

Global Recycle Standard increases the use of recycled components and certifies product sustainability, and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in production of materials.


The objectives of GRS is to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims for our sustainable leather and linings, good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are reduced.


Read up on Global Recycle Standard here.

Natural Rubber

Rubber is a durable material used in everything from surgical gloves and tires to the footwear we make here at Staheekum. It’s admired for its durability, stretchiness, and ability to waterproof just about anything. These attributes make it an excellent compound for a variety of applications. 

Our rubber is made using natural materials from rubber trees. First slits are cut in the bark of a rubber tree. The sap that is drawn from these slits is a sticky, milky liquid that's collected in buckets. The rubber is then processed by removing excess water and mixing it with other materials, creating our rubber compound. The material is hung to dry for use!

Wool Blend

Wool is the fiber obtained from sheep and various other animals. Our blend of wool & synthetic materials creates the softest lining that warms your feet naturally. 


Traditional moccasins use shearling which includes the leather still attached and causes harm to the animal. In 2018 we made the switch to a wool blend to avoid excess harm to animals and the planet.

Plush Pile Lining

Pile is the raised surface of a fabric, consisting of upright loops or strands of yarn to create a soft and thick texture. Our plush pile lining cushions your feet, so each step is comfortable. 


Plush lining does not use any animal based materials which makes them a great option for anyone who avoid those materials.

Suede / Leather

Suede and leather are high quality materials made from animal hides and obtained from tanning or chemical treatments. Leather is strong and durable made from the top of the hide, whereas suede is a soft form of leather made from the underside of the animal hide.

Trees for the Future

Staheekum supports Trees for the Future in its ambition to help communities decrease poverty, motivate positive social change, and improve both local and global environments. By purchasing one pair of Staheekum shoes on our website, you plant 1 tree! To learn more about Trees for the Future, visit trees.org.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly. Staheekum proudly supports Leave No Trace by embracing and sharing their 7 Practices. To learn more about Leave No Trace, please visit lnt.org.

National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. To learn more about National Park Foundation, please visit nationalparks.org.

Making our Efforts

Washington Shoe Company makes a continuous effort to lessen our environmental impact. At our corporate office in Kent, our Going Green Committee keeps track of and implements new ways to ensure our office and distribution center stay green.

  • We recycle paper, plastic, glass, cans, batteries, packing materials, metal, ink cartridges, and even staples
  • We make our own compost and use compostable options for disposable cutlery
  • We utilize "green printing" techniques to reduce ink and paper wasting
  • Energy efficient lights in our office
  • We are part of the community Adopt-a-Street program and participate in litter pickups

Green Tracking

Here's Some Metrics For How We're Measuring Our Environmental Impact Since July 2020

100.5

Pounds of litter picked up in Adopt-A-Street Program

9,712

Gallons of water consumed from our water cooler

Packaging

Staheekum web orders are now shipped in compostable bags.

Sustainable products