Leave footprints, the good kind.

The earth. It’s the only one we’ve got. So, we better take care of it. After all, without the earth, there wouldn’t be much use for our products.

Deckers is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and products. Our Environmental Objectives are:

  • To minimize the environmental footprint of energy, water and waste in our operations.
  • To integrate sustainable product design into our footwear and apparel.

  • energy assessment

    We’ve measured environmental impact of our energy use for our retail stores, distribution centers and offices, include the transportation and logistics required to get products from the factory to customers and our key factories and suppliers.

    A snapshot of our shipping impact

    The big picture

    You can see that the biggest part of our footprint is in the supply chain. That is why we plan to focus on the energy used to make our products.
  • water conservation
    Water is important to us and so we decided that we wanted to get an idea of where water is used in our business. We asked a few questions and found out that one of our manufacturing facilities used approximately 86 times more water than 28 retail stores. This helped us realize that we can make the largest impact on water used in our supply chain. Therefore, moving forward, we will focus on conserving the water used by our major factory partners.
  • waste reduction

    We want to keep as much as we can out of the landfill!  Our offices, factory partners and distribution centers around the world are helping us reduce our environmental footprint in many different and innovative ways.

    Across our many offices, we have switched to paper with recycled content and implemented duplex (double sided) printing.

    At our headquarters office in Goleta, we were able to cut our garbage bills nearly in half by implementing a compost program and by simply improving the labeling on waste containers when we started our waste management program a few years ago. In Goleta in 2012, 85% of our waste was either recycled or composted.

    Waste diversion at our headquarters

    The Hong Kong office dramatically reduced its paper consumption by implementing an electronic fax system.

    Our offices and stores across Europe have reusable cups, plates and utensils to prevent the use of disposable serving ware.

    Our Sanuk offices put a system in place to recycle used batteries and toner cartridges.

    875 Tons of Waste in 2011

  • distribution centers

    Even though over 90% of a shoe’s environmental footprint is created by the time it leaves the factory, there are still many opportunities to make a difference along our value chain. In our Southern California distribution centers, we reduced our environmental impact by expanding our recycling efforts and reducing our energy consumption.

    We cut overall cardboard use by more than 20% in our distribution centers through consolidating various recycling programs and through the reuse of boxes we receive from our factories. Ten percent alone came from installing a chute from the upper levels of our distribution centers to help process cardboard for recycling.

    We were able to reduce our energy consumption by 10% by installing a system of skylights and motion detectors that turn lights off where no one is present. Our conveyor belt system is divided into zones so that only the zones in use consume energy. In addition, all of our forklifts use rechargeable batteries.

  • product innovation & design

    We are collaborating with other companies in the outdoor and apparel industries to develop a tool to measure environmental impacts of products. The goal of this environmental assessment tool is to measure and reduce the social and environmental impact of products. This collaborative effort is happening in the Outdoor Industry Association’s Sustainability Working group and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and includes companies such as REI, Timberland, Patagonia, Nordstrom, Nike and WalMart.

    Deckers used the environmental tool to evaluate five footwear products including a Teva Tirra, an Ahnu Tilden III and an UGG Classic. This process allows our brands to learn about design, development and manufacturing choices that can reduce environmental impacts. Looking at product design through a lens of sustainability will allow us to improve efficiencies, save money and better understand where our materials come from.

    How We Measure Environmental Impacts


  • chemical responsibility

    We are committed to ensuring that the materials used in our products are safe for workers, consumers and the environment. Our Restricted Substances Policy mandates compliance with all international directives, laws and regulations restricting the concentration of potentially hazardous substances. Compliance with our Restricted Substances Policy is a prerequisite for doing business with us. View the Deckers Restricted Substance List (RSL) here.