Carbon Footprint of a Pointe Shoe

Carbon Footprint of a Pointe Shoe

From Okala database:


.27 kg CO2e/lb

My pointe shoe contained 2 oz of leather.


6.37 kg CO2e/lb

My pointe shoe had less than an oz of cotton.


0.596 kg CO2e/lb

My pointe shoe contained about 1 oz of cardboard.

Paste is made each day by the makers in order to make the ‘box’ of the shoe.


7.526 kg CO2e/lb

 Pointe shoes contain a very small amount of this.


2.7 kg CO2 per kg

The plastic bag that holds the pointe shoe is only several ounces.


The Freed of London websites asks for up to 14 days of delivery. That seems to quick to being mailing via a boat, so I’m assuming these are shipped via a plane?


Freed has three factories in England, located in London, Norwich and Leicester, and they employ 180 employees. Of these employees they have about 25 shoemakers and 5 apprentices. (It takes two to three years to become a fully trained pointe shoe maker.) A shoemaker makes 40 pairs a day standing at a bench, ten hours a day, six days a week. And each shoe is completely assembled by a singular shoemaker.

A majority of the show is completly biodegradable because it is made with materials like paper, burlap, water, and starch. The only inorganic materials that they use is the rayon found in the satin.

Here is a quick video of Shoe Maker ‘F’ in the factory in Hackney.

And here is a video of the ‘unmaking’ of a pointe shoe.