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Vans

At Wedge, we have gathered and analyzed the following information on Vans to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of its sustainability efforts.

Vans

As you may know Vans is a part of the VF corporation which is an American global apparel and footwear company founded in 1899. The company's 13 brands are organized into three categories: Outdoor, Active and Work. The company controls 55% of the U.S. backpack market with the JanSport, Eastpak, Timberland, and The North Face brands.


In 2022, Vans launched its Sustainability Hub and unveiled the VR3 product line and labeling. The VR3 Checkerboard Globe logo on Vans footwear, apparel, and accessories signifies that at least 30% of the product is made up of regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable, and/or recycled materials. This initiative is a major step forward in creating sustainability-minded products and increasing transparency for consumers about how, where, and what Vans products are made from.


Vans is also driving innovation in sourcing and materials development. The brand's Sustainable Materials Vision aims to ensure that their top nine materials originate from regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable, and/or recycled sources by 2030.


Carbon Emissions:  

  • Vans' parent company, VF Corporation, is working hard to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce. They've set a goal to reduce their emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to what they were producing in 2017. As of 2022, they've already reduced their emissions by 66%.

  • They're also working to reduce emissions from their suppliers and transportation by 30% by 2030 compared to 2017 levels. As of 2021, they've managed to reduce these emissions by 8%.


Carbon intensity measures greenhouse gas emissions in relation to a company's revenue or employees. It helps assess a company's carbon footprint and commitment to reducing emissions. 


Labor Practices: Vans' commitment to ethical labor practices includes: a public commitment but doesn't include: an action plan and separate labor costs. Living wage paid rating of 1/5.

For more details, visit the brand's Fashion Checker page.

Renewable Energy Sources: Vans is aiming to use only renewable energy in their buildings by 2026. As of 2022, they're already using 34% renewable energy, which is a 7% improvement from the previous year.

Transparency: Vans' Fashion Transparency Index score is 64.6- better than 99% of the other brands in the index. The index assesses brands' transparency regarding their social and environmental policies. For more information, visit the Fashion Revolution website.

Sustainable Materials: Vans' Sustainable Materials Vision aims to ensure that their top nine materials originate from regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable, and/or recycled sources by 2030.

  • Recycled Materials: VF Corporation is aiming to source 50% of their polyester from recycled materials by 2026. As of 2021, they've already achieved 36%.

  • Organic Materials: Vans has launched a new product line, VR3, where at least 30% of the product is made up of regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable and/or recycled materials.

  • Other Materials: Top materials used by weight:

    • Rubber: 40%

    • Polyester: 18%

    • Cotton: 15%

    • Leather: 5%

    • Paper: 4%

    • Nylon: 3%

    • Foam: 2%

    • Wool: 1%

    • Down: 1%

    • Others (including brass, polypropylene, etc.): 11%



Animal Welfare:

VF Corporation has a number of animal welfare policies in place. These policies are designed to ensure that animals are treated humanely and ethically throughout the supply chain.

Some of the key animal welfare policies that VF Corporation has in place include:

  • A ban on fur: VF Corporation does not use fur in any of its products.

  • A commitment to responsible down sourcing: VF Corporation only sources down from suppliers that meet its strict animal welfare standards.

  • A commitment to responsible leather sourcing: VF Corporation only sources leather from suppliers that meet its strict animal welfare standards.

  • A commitment to responsible wool sourcing: VF Corporation only sources wool from suppliers that meet its strict animal welfare standards.