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Ugg Outlet makes new boots with reclaimed wool

SANTA BARBARA - US footwear brand Ugg has unveiled a new range of footwear produced using more sustainably-sourced materials, including reclaimed waste wool and Tencel-branded lyocell.

Ugg says the new Icon-Impact collection is part of its ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact and minimise waste production throughout its supply chain.

Its new autumn/winter 2021 collection incorporates two innovations connected to turning waste wool into new materials - UggPlush and UggCycle.

Each is made from reclaimed wool that requires less water, energy and carbon emissions in its production, in comparison to virgin wool, the company says.

UggPlush, a 50/50 mix of upcycled wool and Tencel lyocell, features in the Icon-Impact Collection’s Fuzz Sugar Slide and Fuzz Sugar Cross Slide models.

UggCycle, a leather-free sheepskin alternative that is 38 per cent wool, 38 per cent lyocell, 20 per cent Unifi recycled polyester and four per cent silicone, forms the upper for the collection’s Classic Sugar Ultra Mini.

The repurposed wool used for the collection has saved 134 million megajoules of energy, 11.9 billion gallons of water and 134 million pounds of CO2 emissions, according to Ugg.

The new collection also utilises Ugg’s sugarsole foam sole, produced using sugarcane, repurposed plastic and carbon-neutral materials.

Each element of the collection is formed with Ugg’s Feel Good initiative in mind, a sustainable commitment platform which was launched back in 2020.

Ugg has also announced that with every purchase of its Icon-Impact collection it will plant one tree in partnership with the One Tree Planted organisation.

In a statement, the company said: "Since we joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2016 and committed to a number of Sustainable Development Goals, we’ve been striving to do better and continue to move forward in our sustainability journey.

"Our goal is that, by 2027, 65 per cent of our footwear products will feature recycled, repurposed, regenerated (plant-based), renewable (bio-based), or certified/preferred natural materials."