We have developed a Preferred Material List to use internally to inform the design and production teams on better alternatives to current materials. This tool is available to view here.
Neoprene is a highly effective waterproof material for keeping its wearer warm and dry in poor conditions.
Found in <1% of our styles in 2021: the Heavy Overshoe.
Neoprene is created using fossil fuels, and the manufacturing process is highly energy-intensive. There are some alternatives, such as natural rubber-based materials. Currently, the most relevant outlook is to phase out neoprene and replace it with other materials with similar technical properties.