MATERIALS

Our materials reflect our values. Therefore, all parts of TALON VERT shoes are 100% vegan. We do not use leather or any other animal by-products (such as animal-based glue) in our production. 

As an environmentally-conscious vegan company, one of our top priorities is to take special care when sourcing our materials. All parts of our shoes are 100% vegan, and  made from high-quality, long-lasting, and Italian-certified materials, including PU synthetic leather. We use this material because it looks and feels like leather. 

The materials we use are environmentally-friendly, as they are produced according to Oeko Tex regulations and are REACH compliant. Our material supplier has further certifications: ISO 9001 (quality management system), BS OHSAS 18001 (health and safety management systems) and ISO 14001(environmental management system).

We use Italian materials, as they are well known for their quality and innovation, and they don't have to travel long distances to get to Italian factories. This way we are able to lower our carbon footprint. 

There are many high quality deadstock fabrics available that haven’t been previously been used. We upcycle by using some of these leftover materials from a partner factory’s past production, something we did with our ikat print fabric in our first spring/summer collection.

We strongly believe in communicating with our suppliers so that we are always informed about the newest improvements in sustainable materials.

By not using leather, we help to reduce our environmental impact. While we don’t contribute to deforestation and have a lower carbon impact, we are fully aware that synthetic leather is not the best choice either. It cannot be ignored that synthetic leathers are made from fossil fuels, and that the microfiber shedding of synthetic materials needs to be taken into consideration when measuring environmental impact.

We don’t use PVC synthetic leather, as toxic chlorine is used to produce this material. During polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production, oil is extracted and processed into yarn and harmful dioxins and hazardous chlorine gas are produced, both of which are harmful to human health.

Compared to most plastic materials, polyurethane (PU) is the least harmful to the environment. This is especially true when compared with PVC, because it is made under strictly regulated processes and conditions and produces fewer toxic substances than PVC. Although is a petroleum by-product, recent improvements have been made in the production of PU, such as using European plant oils in European factories that have to follow EU regulations for sustainable production. In comparison to the cheap PU synthetic leather made in countries with no environmental regulations, these materials are better quality and have better properties, such as breathability.