Adhesives for sustainable development
Adhesives enable the replacement of worn out soles, extending the use phase of shoes.
- Extending the use phase of a product by repairing defective parts is an important aspect of circular economy.
- The outer sole usually is the most demanding part of high quality shoes.
- A range of special adhesives is needed to bond different types of soles to the upper to guarantee high strength, even under extreme environmental conditions.
- In recent years, well-established solvent-based adhesives have been complimented by self-crosslinking water-based polyurethane adhesives.
For more details about this Good Practice, see the company's Related Document 'The second life of a shoe'