Fashion for the Planet

COMFORT, QUALITY & CARING

How we're making a difference

  • Recycled Plastic

    We've reengineered all our forefoot foam lining with recycled water bottles to create a textile known as rPET. Equally able to alleviate pressure and rubbing on the skin, this functional textile performs at the same high standard as our previous textile with the added benefit of recycling plastic waste.

    So now when you wear FRANKiE4, know you’re not only SAVING YOUR SOLES™ but also saving harmful plastic from landfill and the ocean. 

  • Rice Husk Soles

    The footbeds in the majority of our slides are consciously crafted using rice husk—an agricultural byproduct that creates significant disposal problems. This lightweight material is one of the elements that forms the mould of our signature Sole Hero™ curves and cushioning—making it healthier for the planet while still saving your soles.

  • Ethical & Environmentally Responsible Leathers

    We’re members of the Leather Working Group, the world’s leading leather environmental compliance organisation. Regulating the industry for the benefit of workers, brands and consumers—now and in the future. Our supplier only sources LWG gold and silver rated leathers and our major tannery is LWG gold rated: the most environmentally responsible leather available.

FRANKiE4 x TREADLIGHTLY

Giving old shoes new life

Every year, Australia imports over 25 million sports shoes—and only an estimated 1% are recycled. And that’s not including the flats, sandals, slides and heels we love to wear too. In our commitment to keep shoes out of landfill for good, we've partnered with TreadLightly—a national recycling initiative powered by the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) and Australia’s premier footwear recycler, Save Our Soles.

Drop your pre-loved shoes and footbeds into designated bins in-store for them to be recycled responsibly. Items will be given new, meaningful life as springy mats for playgrounds and gyms. We accept ALL shoe brands, not just FRANKiE4.

Together, over the last six months, we saved 2,303 pairs of shoes from landfill and stopped over 23,032 kgs of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere—and we're just getting started. Join us in making a powerful difference in 2022.

Out-of-the-box initiatives

SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Every time you order from FRANKiE4 you can feel good knowing that our shoeboxes, stuffing paper, cardboard sticks and printed wrap are made from recycled materials—and are all 100% recyclable.

FOOTBEDS FOR THE FUTURE

Send us your footbeds and we’ll recycle them for you. Email us at info@frankie4.com.au, for a postage-paid return label so you can send them back on us.

SUSTAINABILITY AT HQ, STORES & OUR FACTORY

At our factories excess trims, leathers and soles are collected and repurposed. Local authorities regularly test waste water to ensure it adheres to legal limits. Paper, cartons, cardboard and plastic are recycled at our factory and Australian headquarters.

LEARN ABOUT OUR SUPPLIER

Your questions, our answers

Where are your shoes made?

Our footwear is made in Vietnam and China with a highly regarded and respected company that make quality footwear responsibly.

What kind of audits are done in your factory?

Our supplier is very respected in the footwear industry. They adhere to the government law for wages, salary benefits, safety, emergency response training and environment protection.
Our supplier has, and welcomes, routine SMETA audits for their customers (us!) by Sedex every year.
Some key points about our supplier:
- Our supplier does NOT use child labour.
- Our supplier pays all their workers fairly.
- Our supplier complies with local labour laws on wages, salary benefits, social benefits, working hours, conditions, and insurances.

Does your supplier make responsibly?

We're proud of how our supplier operates environmentally. They enforce and adhere to a strict company policy on environmental protection. They recycle the leather, plastic, paper and cartons they work with, and have a legal waste water treatment vendor to collect and clean the water every month.

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