Our Ethical Promise

Modern footwear is surprisingly damaging in various ways. As the pace of fashion has quickened we’ve begun buying more shoes, and throwing them away more easily. Traditional shoe-crafting has given way to mass-production, eating up resources and sending an average of three pairs of shoes per person to landfill every year! The quest for cheaper and faster production has also encouraged the exploitation of vulnerable workers through long hours, low pay and dangerous working conditions. 
Here at Po-Zu it is our mission to challenge this trend. We believe shoes should be things you fall in love with, and they should be created to last. We also believe you should be able to buy your shoes guilt-free, safe in the knowledge that they were created with love for people & planet, and with respect for traditional craft communities. That’s why we created the Po-Zu Promise.


“We promise to use the highest quality natural components and to use renewable, low impact materials wherever possible”

All our materials come from naturally renewable sources and are responsibly harvested. They contain no pesticides, bleaches or toxic dyes and are locally sourced wherever possible. We use organic cotton in our shoes and all our leather is chromium-free.* You can read about our materials in more detail here.

*We recognise that sustainability is a journey and that there are always improvements to be made. Even the most sustainable leather creates a big drain on natural resources (it takes 80 tons of forage to feed just one cow!) We are therefore investigating alternatives to leather for our future ranges, and have recently introduced a vegan, solvent-free eco microfibre.



“We promise to minimise the impact of our manufacturing processes”

All our shoes are made in a small factory near to the historic town of Guimaraes in Portugal. A country (which we're proud to say) derives over 70% of its energy from renewable sources, the highest in Europe!

They employ 70 local workers and are committed to the highest standards of ethical manufacturing. The factory has a strict non-toxic policy and they recycle nearly all their waste products, including fabric off-cuts and water. 

We ship our shoes to European destinations by land and to other continents, whenever possible, by sea, saving approximately 15 tons of C02 a year compared to airfreight.



“We promise to treat our team of shoemakers with respect, pay them a fair wage and protect them from harm.”

How we treat the people we work with is extremely important to us at Po-Zu. We consider everyone involved in the creation of our shoes to be part of our extended Po-Zu family and we treat them with the utmost respect and care. All our workers are paid a fair wage and our factory provides a safe, 100% toxin-free environment by avoiding harmful glues and solvents. We only chose like-minded suppliers and are careful to review their ethical policies to ensure all of our family receives the same protection.



“We promise to support charitable causes”

At Po-Zu we’re committed to doing good! We donate a minimum of 3% of our sales income to four environmental charities. We also provide internships to budding ethical designers, work with a range of NGOs to raise environmental awareness, and help to promote sustainable lifestyles.



“We promise to be honest and accountable across all our business”

Po-Zu abides by the Ethical Trading Initiative Code of Practice.

We are certified by the Ethical Company Organisation as a company that upholds human rights and animal welfare, and works to protect the environment.


Powered by Positive Luxury, the Butterfly Mark is awarded to luxury lifestyle brands that take pride in their craftsmanship, service and design, whilst protecting our planet and its resources. With the help of an experienced sustainability council and external institutional partners, Positive Luxury has designed a robust assessment process that evaluates companies across the following five areas: social framework, environmental framework, philanthropy and innovation. To be awarded, brands must response positively to a minimum of 80% of the questions.

Po-Zu has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for our commitment to using renewable sources of energy, protecting the environment and its biodiversity, manufacturing locally and ensuring recycling is embedded in product development. Companies within the trusted positive luxury community are required to re-apply on a yearly basis. The Butterfly Mark offers wordless reassurance that Po-Zu is a brand to trust.