About CovationBio|PDO

CovationBio|PDO produces a 100% bio-based renewable building block Susterra enabling bio-based solutions in the value chain off footwear. Through a proprietary process that uses industrial dent corn feedstocks instead of petroleum-based feedstocks we produce 1,3-propanediol. These innovative ingredients create high-performance, plant-based products that enhance people’s lives, protect the environment, and reduce the world’s dependence on petroleum.

Specific for the footwear industry Susterra is the building block for polyols used in TPU and PU materials which are key for renewable midsole and insole production and are used today by several footwear brands to improve their sustainability score. Susterra enables a substantial reduction in carbon footprint for almost 50% and most important it is originating from a renewable feedstock with no land use change and no impact on the food chain. In summary CovationBio|PDO enables the shift from petroleumbased materials to bio-renewables without giving in on quality and performance.

The BFA is run for and by our members – by becoming a partner you join a network of some of the foremost businesses within the UK footwear sector. Whatever business products or services you are marketing, BFA members are always keen to adopt that which enhances their business, makes their operations more efficient or increases their profits.

The BFA hold regular networking events and themed webinars, where we encourage partners to take the reins and showcase their businesses and services to our membership. We also enable partners to have an input in what we say to the Government and we ensure they receive Whitehall’s responses first-hand.


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17 April | Sustainability Summit

Speakers from Nike, Dr Martens, River Island, Vivobarefoot, Fairfax and Favour, and more

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