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Rated: It's a start

price: $$$$

location: United States

ZOU XOU is a collection of contemporary shoes designed for women.

ZOU XOU sustainability rating


3 out of 5


2 out of 5


2 out of 5

Overall rating: It's a start

Our ratings are based on a scale from 1 (We avoid) to 5 (Great) How we rate

Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate ZOU XOU “It's a Start”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • There’s no evidence it uses any lower-impact materials.
  • To minimise waste, its products are made-to-order.
  • It uses some vegetable-tanned leather to limit the products manufactured with chemical-heavy tanning processes.
  • There’s no evidence it’s taking meaningful action to reduce water use.

Workers’ rights are central to our “People” rating, which assess brands’ policies and practices on everything from child labour to living wages and gender equality. Here we rate ZOU XOU “Not Good Enough”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • There's no evidence it has a Code of Conduct but it has a formal statement covering workers' rights.
  • It traces most of its supply chain.
  • It visits its suppliers but does not state how often.
  • It’s not clear if it ensures workers are paid living wages in its supply chain.

Brands’ animal welfare policies and, where applicable, how well they trace their animal-derived products are the focus of our “Animals” rating. Here we rate ZOU XOU “Not Good Enough”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It appears to use leather.
  • It doesn’t appear to use wool, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair.

Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate ZOU XOU “It's a Start” overall.

Last updated July 2023