EMMA started developing a circular safety shoe in 2015. At the same time, this development was supported by circular systems, such as reverse logistics, disassembly and C_passport®. The passports for the products of EMMA Safety Footwear are built from the production-assembly structure, so that passports for components can be linked to multiple models. Scan the QR code in the tongue of a shoe and via the product page you will arrive at C_passport®.
When designing C_passports®, EMMA follows the actual structure of a shoe: components with underlying materials form the 'Product' layer, here respectively the superstructure and a sole configuration. These two products come together in an end product, the unique model from the collection.
The end product is the unique model that can be seen in the product range, with a name and article code. EMMA shoes have a QR code in the tongue. This code will take you to the product page of the relevant model and it will soon be linked to the public C_passport®.
A shoe has a shaft and a sole, the top and bottom. Shafts are often unique to a particular model. That is why separate C_passports® have been made here for each type of shaft. In terms of the sole specs, passports are made for unique sole configurations for a specific model, as well as for sole configurations that can be used for multiple models.
Because a component is often used in several semi-finished and end products, it was decided to make a separate C_passport® for each component. The underlying materials and associated weights are attached to the components. This way helps with efficient product management and saves time/ prevents errors. If a material is changed for a specific component, this change is immediately translated to the passports at product and end product level, to which the relevant component passport is connected.
Every EMMA Safety Footwear shoe has a QR code on the inside of the tongue. This code can be scanned with a smartphone, after which the url of the product page of the relevant model becomes visible. On this page you will find the link to the public passport for the model. Cirmar users also choose to have the QR code or other identifier directly with the public version of C_passport® for the respective product.
A selection of several models can be made in C_dashboard®, for example to be able to choose together with customers the range that best meets the goals in the field of safety, walking comfort and sustainability/circularity. C_dashboard® can also be used to show a certain period. In this way, EMMA Safety Footwear contributes to the sustainability reporting of its customers.
With the development of the circular shoe, EMMA continues to balance the three Ps, people, profit and planet. From its origins, more than 90 years ago, people with a special position in the labor market remain part of the EMMA family. With its sustainable and circular strategy, EMMA takes responsibility for raw/auxiliary materials and the natural environment. In addition, EMMA can continue to invest in the future with a circular and profitable product.
Developing a circular safety shoe was and is a long journey and there are still many topics that EMMA wants to tackle, in its products, at suppliers, in converting used shoes into new materials and products and in business operations. We can safeguard these processes with C_passport® and C_dashboard®. It mainly helps EMMA’s customers move forward, but she has certainly also been able to prepare her own company for the future and put it on the map.
With C_passport® we have full insight in our (circular) products, from composition to next use. With C-dashboard® we plan and monitor our journey towards circularity, but it also helps us to support our customers and other stakeholders in achieving their sustainability and/or circularity objectives.