Chemicals We Avoid
Chemicals We Avoid

Chemicals We Avoid

We love making the most original, purposeful, comfortable, and durable footwear on the planet, but we really just want to make a difference.

As a family-owned and values-led business, we’ve always felt we have a shared responsibility to do things the right way. The kind of products we make and how we treat our environment and each other are part of a mission we’ve taken to heart since KEEN was conceived in 2003.

One very important aspect to achieving our mission is reducing the use and impact of harmful substances in our supply chain to ensure that the products we make are safe for workers, consumers, and the environment.

When we started our Detox Journey in 2014, we built our Restricted Substances List (RSL) policy to be based on the strictest global regulations with regards to the environment, human health, and product safety as set forth by Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) restricted substances list. And then we took it a step further by committing to voluntarily phasing out six classes of harmful chemicals – from PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” to antimicrobials and phthlates.

All KEEN suppliers and factories must comply with our RSL policy. With it, we hope to enable continuous advancement of chemical management best practices.

You can download a copy of the KEEN Restricted Substances Policy here.

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