• 94% of Skechers' shoeboxes and 100% of tissue paper and foot form packaging are now recyclable.

Casual footwear brand Skechers USA has announced that since 2016, the company has reduced its use of plastic in its footwear packaging by 85% to 10% of its foot forms – all of which is recyclable.

The achievement is part of an aggressive strategy by the company to increase its use of sustainable packaging worldwide. Currently, 99% of Skechers-branded shoeboxes meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards for responsible sources, and 94% are recyclable, along with all of the company's tissue paper packaging. 

Included in Skechers' global sustainability philosophy are its shipping methods. All of the company's master cartons from its factories are printed with soy- or water-based ink and are 100% recyclable, and at the distribution centres managing more than 90% of its business, its outbound shipping cartons are made with 96-100% recyclable materials and are 100% recyclable.

"As the third largest worldwide athletic lifestyle footwear brand with more than 170 million pairs expected to ship this year, we want to be as forward-thinking with our packaging and shipping of our product – and these sustainable improvements can have a tremendous impact on the world," said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. "I'm proud of the ongoing efforts we are making to reduce our footprint as we've increased our global presence – and look forward to progressing these initiatives as we continue to find ways to lower our impact on the environment."