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Nancy Oliveira

Specialist in Footwear Production, Management, Consultant and Sourcing Agent

Embrace a sustainability mindset

When I engage in a discovery call with a client and sustainability takes center stage, it truly warms my heart. In fact, I’d go so far as to assert that embracing sustainability is no longer an option – it’s an obligation.

Designers and brand founders wield significant influence in reshaping the footwear industry into a more sustainable realm. The power lies in the ability to introduce change incrementally, from one collection to the next, from design to design, influencing every step of the way. It’s the small details that truly matter and contribute to a collective impact.

Don’t be disheartened if achieving a 100% sustainable shoe brand seems like a lofty goal on the first or second attempt. The journey toward sustainability is an evolution, not an instant transformation. Keep experimenting, learning, and integrating new sustainable factors into each design, cascading these principles to your development team.

Let me emphasize that I firmly believe the most effective approach to sustainability is cultivating a Sustainability Mindset, not just adhering to a set of rules. Begin by embracing this mindset – consider it your guiding rails. It will not only assist you in constructing a brand with a positive impact but also align your values with the growing demand for responsible business practices.

By adopting sustainability, we’re not merely responding to market demand; we’re leading the industry toward a more responsible and ethical future. This commitment to sustainability isn’t just a choice; it’s a strategic advantage. Brands that showcase dedication to sustainability are positioned to thrive in a market that’s increasingly valuing responsibility.

Embarking on this transformative journey toward a sustainability mindset may seem daunting, but it’s exactly that – transformative. It calls for innovative thinking, a resolute commitment to change, and a readiness to embrace new practices. The outcome, however, is unequivocally worth every step, and your clients will undoubtedly recognize and appreciate it.

Creators and brand owners possess the power to drive change. Your decisions resonate across lives, communities, and ecosystems. Consumers are acutely aware of this impact, and the call for more responsible brands and products is growing louder. In essence, sustainability is not merely a choice – it’s a responsibility that defines the future of conscious businesses.

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