A new addition to the Vans Family, the UltraRange VR3 is another small step towards a larger goal of producing more sustainable footwear. This season Vans has re-thought, re-engineered, and rebuilt every little bit of the UltraRange to make it more sustainable. This includes a molded EcoCush™ midsole, a lightweight construction, EcoWaffle™ rubber outsole, and a breathable upper. The upper is designed to reduce waste in production compared to Vans’ traditional cut and sew uppers. The UltraRange VR3 is the manifestation of an idea: that it is not where we are going, but how we get there.
In order to reduce the overall footprint of Vans, their team has set ambitious sustainability goals. Big or small, all of our efforts add up to positive change. VR3 is the Vans commitment to sourcing 100% of our top 4 CO2 impact materials (cotton, leather, rubber and polyester) from Regenerative, Responsibly Sourced Renewable, and/or Recycled sources by 2030.
• UPPER MATERIAL: One piece knit upper made with 50% organic cotton, 36% recycled PET, 14% recycled nylon. Vans leather products support responsible manufacturing via the Leather Working Group
• FOOTBED: The new EcoCush™ midsole is made using at least 50% bio-based EVA foam partially derived from plant-based sources per ASTM D6866-16 testing standard.
• OUTSOLE: The new EcoWaffle™ - all new rubber compound made with responsibly sourced natural rubber instead of petroleum derived synthetic rubber. This new rubber compound was developed and engineered to maintain the grip and durability Vans has been known for since ’66.