Complete Step Up Shoe Collection is Now Certified, Made Entirely of Recycle Rubber

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Complete Step Up Shoe Collection is Now Certified, Made Entirely of Recycle Rubber

image of tenaya shoe 

Lafayette, CO (January 10, 2023) – Tenaya is excited to officially announce the entirety of their Step Up product line, including the Tanta, Tanta Lace, and new Arai, are now produced with a certified recycled outsole. The Instituto Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (ICEA) has awarded Tenaya with a Global Recycled Standard certification for the use of 96% reclaimed pre-consumer materials and chemical recycling in the production of its “Step Up” line of technical climbing shoes.

Distributed in the United States by Trango, Tenaya has spent the last many years converting its manufacturing processes away from conventional methods with the goal of becoming certified regenerative and organic. The culmination of these sustainable efforts was recognized in November 2022 by the ICEA and its Global Recycled Standard certification.

“Tenaya’s commitment to sustainability is woven into the DNA of our brand,” said Enric Gutierrez Xiville, General Manager of Tenaya, based in Barcelona, Spain. “We’ve always been committed to providing the highest performing products in tandem with responsible sourcing of materials. This continued focus brings Tenaya closer to a circular economy when the shoes are designed with a lower impact on the environment.”

Made with entirely recycled rubber and vegan uppers, Tenaya’s Step Up series includes popular models like the Tanta, Tanta Lace, and Arai, each geared towards the entry-level or intermediate climber looking for performance without sacrificing comfort. Designed to be supremely comfortable and make footwork easier on every type of terrain, the Step Up line now carries a certification program providing third-party verification that Tenaya has adopted and implemented stringent sustainable standards based on material composition.

“Tenaya products are handmade in Spain, with local labor and Fairtrade principles that puts more money into the hands of the local economy. Tenaya sets and monitors rigorous standards at every step of the supply chain, supporting producers through local and regional networks, while creating demand for ethical goods in countries like the USA,” said Chris Klinke, President of Trango and US distributor of Tenaya.

Tenaya is deeply committed to using lower impact materials across the brand. In addition to the Global Recycled Standard certified Step Up line, Tenaya uses exclusively 100% Organic cotton and recycled polyester in all applicable apparel products.

“This is just one more step in the long road of sustainable practices,” said Klinke. “Tenaya acknowledges that there is still an immense amount of work to be done. Targets need to be created and achieved, environmental impact needs to be reduced, and further commitment to sustainable progress needs to be made. But it’s certifications like the Global Recycled Standard that keep us inspired and bring us a little closer to sharing our goal of making 100% sustainable product,” Klinke added.

About Tenaya

Crafted in Spain since 1997, Tenaya designs high quality, technical climbing footwear that always puts the climber first. Putting their effort into developing the best possible product, Tenaya aims to help climbers improve their performance and inspire new challenges. Loyal to a design strategy that combines simplicity with efficiency, Tenaya was born from the experiences and aspirations of climbers and continues to provide the tools needed to push new boundaries with low-impact designs.

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