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How ethical and sustainable is Ethletic? 

Ethletic is a brand of trainers and shoes (and sports equipment!), aimed at ethical consumers, investors and shoppers. Ethletic has been researched and rated for its ethics and sustainability by The Good Shopping Guide. See how Ethletic ranks compared to other shoes and trainers brand in our Shoes & Trainers: Ethical Comparison Ratings Table. 

You can also read our complete guide to the ethical issues involved in the Shoes and Trainers sector to find out more information about this industry.

Ethletic has been ranked incredibly highly by The Good Shopping Guide in our Shoes & Trainers: Ethical Comparison Ratings Table, and so it is able to apply for our Ethical Accreditation sustainability certification.

About Ethletic

James Lloyd and Dr. Martin Kunz were the founders of Ethletic. The brand introduced the first fairly made footballs to the market in 1998. Back in 1998, Martin Kunz developed a rubber seal – made sustainably- this wasn’t in existence back in the late nineties. Because of his initiative, the Forest Stewardship Council granted certification for sustainable forest management to the natural rubber from Sri Lanka that was used by Ethletic.

The brand’s ‘About‘ page contains details of the ethos behind the company, which includes its ethical stance on the rights of workers and the importance of sustainability in the production of fashion items and sports equipment.

Does Ethletic have an Environmental Report published for consumers to read?

Ethletic has a Sustainability page which mentions various ethical and environmental attributes of the brand. Some of these good ethical initiatives include: Fairtrade cotton, FSC rubber, PETA-approved vegan products, and more. For these certifications, Ethletic receives a top rating.

Are Ethletic shoes sustainable?

Ethletic uses shoes made with FSC-certified rubber and Fairtrade certified organic cotton. This small-sized brand does not appear to use leather or large amounts of plastic in its shoe production, which adds to the sustainable status of its products. For the range of sustainable and ethical shoes, see the Ethletic product line on its site.

Ethletic shoes are also sustainable because they are 100% Vegan.

Applying for Ethical Accreditation

To win a place at the very top of the Ethical Shoes and Trainers Ratings Table, Ethletic can apply for Ethical Accreditation from The Good Shopping Guide. After a thorough and intensive investigation into the brand’s treatment and consideration of the Environment, Animals and People, Ethletic could be awarded this prestigious sustainability certification.

If your shoes and trainers brand values ethics and sustainability, why not check out The Good Shopping Guide‘s Ethical Accreditation? Increase customer and investor confidence and stand out from the greenwash.

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