Superga's Responsibility Commitment
The responsible choice – learn more about Superga’s Responsibility commitment
We have always pursued the value of simplicity and base our design philosophy on enduring modernity. We believe a design should be born bold and defiant and then age to become a classic; not fall into obsolescence. We are developing our products with an increasingly sustainable approach. We are constantly searching for new ways and procedures, preserving the same ethic, traditional techniques, and natural technology. In addition to this, we are improving our production process and supply chain. Minimising the impact has been a never-ending journey: our intention is to continue growing in this direction.
Superga®: Classic, Iconic, Vegan
Superga®’s iconic style is a symbol of simplicity. We subtract to refine and reveal the essence of a design: cotton, natural rubber, aluminium. All materials are carefully chosen. We are proud to state that the manufacturing process and the materials of our 2750 COTU CLASSIC and many other styles are certified 100% vegan friendly and cruelty-free.
Superga®’s Organic Collection is the natural evolution of our brand. Superga® is aiming at employing the resources of our planet in an elegant and wise way, with natural materials and botanical dyes.
Organic cotton upper, eyelets and laces: The organic cotton employed in the manufacturing of our shoes is sourced in Vietnam, according to the internationally recognised organic farming standards.
Botanical dyes: The organic cotton is dyed with 100% plant-based dyes, and their output depends entirely on geographical location and weather.
Natural cork insole: The insole of the Organic styles is composed with a layer of natural cork, a simple yet extraordinary material. Light, durable, water-resistant, and hypoallergenic.
Recycled rubber increase plan: The recycled outsole composition of the Organic Collection styles will increase from about 10% recycled rubber in some of the styles in Spring Summer 2022 to 35% in all Organic styles in Fall Winter 2022.
Vegan faux leather
Superga® wants to respond to the need of those consumers who adopt a vegan lifestyle with a synthetic leather proposal, which is perfect for cold weather.
Vegan faux leather: This material is composed by a base layer of microfiber that simulates the leather consistency and the second layer of PU-coated surface and has been certified as Vegan by the China Quality Certification Centre.
Bio-based alternatives to leather
Dedicated to consumers who adopt a vegan lifestyle, these styles are the result of Superga®’s research for plant-based materials that can replace real leather, while maintaining the same level of comfort, protection and soft texture, especially in cold weather. The company’s plan is to further increase the use of bio-based materials.
Corn-based faux leather: The only PU made with renewable resources, Viridis® contains 43% of polyols coming from corn (GMO free) grown for industrial end-use, processed into ethanol.
Packaging and accessories
The company's commitment is not limited to product research, but it also extends to packaging and accessories.
Paper and ink: Starting from Fall Winter 2022, all packaging and hangtags will be printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified recycled paper, with soy-based ink, plant-based coatings, and UV printing.
Soy ink: Soy-based ink is considered a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based ink because it is extracted from soybeans, and not petroleum. The VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that are usually generated during printing processes are absent, compared to those produced by petroleum ink.
Plant-based coatings: Plant-based coatings are considered sustainable because they use plant waste from large companies. So, no use of petroleum, while maintaining a PU-like effect. In addition to plant-based coating, there is water-based coating. Recently, water-based coating has become the most used.
UV printing: The UV component is considered eco-friendly because it is a "non-VOC" additive. This means that no solvents, that could be harmful to the atmosphere, are released. The soy ink we use in which the UV coating is present will have no difficulty in being removed when the packaging is recycled.
Hangtag cord: Starting from Fall Winter 2022, it will be made from recycled nylon, recycled paper, or jute.
Shoe filler: Made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic.
Superga® is a brand of BasicNet S.p.A., a company that is committed to constantly improve the production process and supply chain with a clear company and third-party policy.
The "Sourcing Agreement" includes specific clauses about social compliance: in fact, BasicNet Groupadheres to and encourages its commercial counterparts to comply with the highest international standards of ethics and practice in the business world. To disclose these principles, the Sourcing Centers must read and sign the Code of Conduct and the Forbidden Chemical Agreement.
The Code of Conduct, based on the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, requires all Sourcing Centers to comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to respect for the individual and human rights (mainly concerning child and involuntary labour and discrimination), as well as health and safety and the environment, and maintain active procedures for prompt notification to local authorities in the event of accidents resulting from the conduct of the Sourcing Centers themselves. The Sourcing Centers must also comply with applicable laws and regulations regarding the production and import of products and undertake to comply with the REACH European Community Regulation (EC 1907/2006).
In 2021, the PRSL (Product Restricted Substances List) was updated to the latest international standards in force. The PRSL is the document that lists all the "critical" substances and establishes the permitted limits and the Test Methods to be used.