The Meaning of Run the Relay
Propelled by a mission to produce zero carbon emissions and zero waste, Run The Relay is DSC’s commitment to sustainability, with the goal of protecting our environment and the future of our foam supply chain.
We call it a relay because the pursuit of sustainability can’t be a solo sprint. This undertaking must be a team sport that we all run together, each of us doing our part to carry the baton of sustainability forward.
50% of Our Carbon Emissions Will Be Reduced By 2025
We have identified the development of our people, use of sustainable materials in our products, producing zero waste in our production cycle and 3rd party verification of our progress as the core programs to achieve our carbon reduction goals.
Progress Starts With People
DSC founded our Sustainability Committee in 2020 and we invest in our employee education by regularly hosting sustainability training workshops. Recent themes have included a training session regarding Carbon Footprint Verification (CFV) and another workshop focused on individual and corporate sustainability programs.
These workshops also facilitate employee ideation sessions which result in a number of actionable sustainability programs that we are acting on as an organization. These programs include:
Monday Vegan Day
This voluntary activity is intended to cut back on our greenhouse gas emissions on an individual level.
Water Savings Measures
Upgrading our offices and factories with water saving equipment like smart sensor faucets.
Utilizing a more eco-friendly material to upgrade our current sample packaging.
More Bio, Less Fossil Fuel
Our breakthroughs in biotechnology allow us to develop eco-friendly products derived from castor bean oil, algae and spent coffee grounds while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Making A Material Impact On Carbon Reduction
Adapting bio materials for high utilization in our products is integral in our effort to become the industry leader in sustainable foam manufacturing. This approach allows us to closely align with our customer’s values and sustainability initiatives without sacrificing product comfort or performance.
Repurposing Production Waste
Turning Waste Into A Win
Diverting waste from the landfill is a win for all of us. We’ve invested heavily to develop our closed-loop manufacturing capabilities and processes. These processes include saving foam waste from in-house production and repurposing it into new foam products, resulting in the most efficient use of materials.
Our 3R Methodology: Reduce. Reuse. Regrind.
Our development of biotechnology derived from castor bean oil, algae and spent coffee grounds reduces our reliance on virgin resources and fossil fuels for product development.
We recycle in-house production waste and waste from our partnered suppliers. Instead of occupying the landfill, this waste gains new utility by being reintroduced into our manufacturing work stream.
We ensure this recycled waste material meets our high product standards by screening the waste carefully, sorting it by color and regrinding into production ready pallets or powder.
The outcome of our 3R methodology is waste that is repurposed into eco-friendly material, which then gets converted into products that deliver incredible footwear product comfort and performance.
ZERO - 100% Recycled
Our revolutionary foam formula is made from 100% in-house recycled foam waste, resulting from our passionate pursuit of net-zero carbon emissions and zero waste.
3R - Reduce. Reuse. Regrind.
Containing percentages of recycled waste from 10% all the way up to 70% in some series, 3R is a foam formula that allows us to provide a wide range of recycled content ratios in order to best suit our customers’ various design needs.
Working Towards A Higher Standard of Sustainability
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have worked through a rigorous process to achieve the third party certifications listed below. These certifications allow for a higher level of transparency to our customers and add an extra level of verification towards our sustainability initiatives.
Our Relay Has Ambitious Milestones
Making big changes requires a far-reaching vision. See our 2025 sustainability targets and what actions are underway.
Run The Relay
The pursuit of sustainability is a team sport that we all run together. If you are looking to make a change and share the same vision, we’d love to work with you.