Our Sustainability Promise

Our Sustainability Promise

Operating with integrity for over 100 years, Wittner is one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Sustainable practices have always been at the core of what we do, from the suppliers we work with to the materials we choose. However, we think we can do better. By acknowledging and addressing the true impact our business has on the environment, we intend to work towards a better world for generations to come.


Our Journey So Far

Eco Packaging

Wittner has partnered with a supplier that’s a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to design and develop our Eco-Shoebox. Made from 100% recycled pulp, the box itself is re-usable and recyclable, with a built-in handle that negates the need for plastic bags.

Finished in a natural brown hue, the eco-box is free from harmful lamination or ink dyes and makes an elegant and sturdy solution for at-home shoe storage. As the box is being steadily phased into stores across our network, we will also be offering recyclable paper bags as an alternative carry method, should the box be unavailable. Our aim is to make shopping with Wittner as eco-friendly as possible, contributing to the reduction of landfill and a more sustainable way of life.


Leather Production

Wittner is a current member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the environmental impact of the leather industry by assessing and certifying environmental compliance across the supply chain.

Leather is one of the most naturally beautiful and durable materials on earth, and as a renowned producer of quality leather goods, we have a responsibility to ensure the ethical and sustainable manufacture of our products.

We source leather from many finished tanneries around the world including Europe, Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand and adhere to Australian custom regulations prohibiting the importation of exotic skins or threatened species.

We do not use real fur in the production, design or construction of any of our products.


Workshops & Manufacturing

We select our factory partners based on several criteria, including environmental practices, employee treatment and dedication to craft and quality.

Since 2000, our production methods have been based on a vertical manufacturing philosophy that gives us transparency and control over every aspect of production. This is an environmental and ethical advantage as it allows us to set the standards for processes, waste reduction and employee wages.

As a brand we aim to ensure that supply partners offer:

  • A minimum worker age as regulated by local law
  • Fair and reasonable mutually agreed working hours
  • Individual freedom and choice regarding work
  • A hygienic and safe working environment
  • Wages that comply with labour laws in the country or that reasonably cover the cost of living
  • Environmental and employment protections, laws and regulations

We believe in the importance of having people on the ground to ensure that our high quality product and sustainability standards are consistently met. Wittner technicians regularly audit and monitor the conditions at the factories and the factories' integrity regarding compliance, social and environmental issues.


The Sustainability Collection

Wittner’s recycled knit sustainable collection uses a Global Recycled Standard (GRS) approved textile made from more than 80% PET (recycled plastic bottle) blended with a bit of elastane to allow the material to stretch. The range is also free from animal products in both composition and manufacture to offer an alternative option for customers seeking leather-free designs.

Our other sustainable styles are made with recycled neoprenes, satins and nylons that are used to complement our traditional manufacturing methods and materials, including leather. These fabrics have been chosen to help us minimise our footprint and take positive steps towards a sustainable future.


Sustainability Collection FAQs


How will they wear?


Our recycled knit sustainability range is made from more than 80% PET fibre mixed with varying amounts of elastane for stretch. This means the shoes will retain their shape as worn.

Can I waterproof the recycled knit material?


Yes you can! Just follow the instructions on our waterproofer to protect your shoes from liquids and wet weather.

Is there a way to clean my recycled knit shoes?


You can spot clean your shoes with an alcohol-free and fragrance-free baby wipe, as well as use an eraser to clean the rubber outsole. The shoes are not machine-washable due to the nature of the re-enforcing materials used inside the designs.

Is the sustainable collection vegan?


No animal products were used in the making or production of our recycled knit collection. However, it’s important to note that the range was made using one of our partner manufacturers, in the same factory that creates our leather designs.

While our other recycled materials are also free of animal products, many of the styles using these fabrications were made using traditional methods and componentry that may include leather.

Where do the bottles in the recycled knit material come from?


The manufacturer we worked with uses post-consumer, discarded plastic bottles to create the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) textile that we used in our collection.

How much do the recycled knit shoes cost?


Our sustainable designs range from $155-$300 AUD. This pricing reflects the research and development that has gone into the range, alongside Wittner's signature quality and craftsmanship.