LIFE GreenShoes4All

LIFE GreenShoes4All LIFE


Project duration:

Oct. 2018 – Sep. 2022

Total European Commission grant:


The Consortium:

  • 3 Footwear confederations/ associations
  • 3 European complementary technical and engineering centres of international reference
  • 2 complementary SMEs experts in Footwear design, production and commercialisation
  • 2 complementary SMEs
  • experts in polymers, compounding, …



CTCP – Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal

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  • Address: Rua Dr. Luis Gonzaga da Fonseca, 4610 Felgueiras (Portugal )

European Footwear Confederation

Project description

The project aims to implement and disseminate the footwear Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology and to develop efficient eco-design, recycling and manufacturing solutions, in order to obtain performing shoes with a lower PEF. In particular, LIFE GreenShoes4All intends to achieve a Single Market for Green Products by promoting the great added value of the innovative PEF Category Rules (PEFCRs) methodology. The project is also intended to test and demonstrate new recycling routes in the EU footwear value chain and to establish and compare, through demonstrative experimentations, innovative eco-design concepts and eco processes for shoes manufacturing.

Concrete objectives

  • To implement a Footwear Environmental Footprint Category Rules (FEFCRs) methodology in to be applied to
    different styles of footwear;
  • To demonstrate the FEFCRs added value in order to contribute to the building of a Single Market for Green
  • To promote eco-design mentality and implement eco-design methodologies to be used in the development of
    green footwear design products;
  •  To allow beneficiaries to acquire experience and knowledge resulting in new services and products to market
  •  To ensure the sustainability, replicability and transferability of the project’s results in order to divulgate them and transfer them other sectors (i.e. leather goods, clothes etc…)

Main Expected Outcomes

  • Application of FEFCRs demonstration pilot to different footwear styles produced in the EU;
  • Analysis of the selected representative shoe styles and reports of PEFCRs application to them, including a
    report containing recommendations to reduce the environmental footprint;
  • Development of innovative sustainable green shoes and components Eco-design, recycling and manufacturing
    methodologies for low Footwear Environmental Footprint (FEF) & sustainable footwear: read the Eco-design guidelines HERE!
  • A strategy to ensure sustainability, replicability and transferability of the project to other sectors.


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