Compost your cotton
Composting cotton is a slightly less conventional method of recycling, but is something we think we’ll see a lot more of in the coming years. If your Vans include natural cotton as part of their makeup then it’s possible for you to take up this method of recycling, although it does take a little extra effort and time.
Many of our shoes, including the Vans Checkerboard Classic Slip-Ons, are made using canvas which is produced from cotton, making the upper material part of them decomposable.
To compost your cotton, you will need to first ensure that the cotton part of your shoe is separated from any zips, buttons or non-cotton materials. Following this, you can cut or tear the cotton into smaller pieces to speed up the composting process before simply dropping them into a compost bin to let nature do the rest.
Remember to dispose of the other materials effectively by taking them to your local textiles recycling centre so they can be repurposed into something new.
Combining our efforts to manage waste is extremely important for the environment and recycling as much as we can is a great way for us all to get involved. Likewise, we’re constantly looking for more ways that we can do our bit when it comes to manufacturing. If you’d like to learn more about the production process, check out our blog to find out how Vans shoes are made.