Fashionable and affordable sustainable shoes: a paradox? Hmm, perhaps not!

Fashionable and affordable sustainable shoes: a paradox? Hmm, perhaps not!

While sustainability is finally becoming a mainstream concept in many parts of today’s society, a thought about sustainable shoes probably won’t pop up that quickly when thinking about fashionable footwear, stylish sneakers and elegant loafers. Sustainable shoes are probably not something you have heard a lot about. Unbeknownst to many,But this market is actually hot and big  and upcoming!. In this article I will talk about different forms oftell you about sustainability in the shoe markett, the different, while  methods that are used and will Ifurthermore introducinge you guys (and girls!) to a few very sustainable shoe brands. 

Written by - Kelly Henning (2017)

(This article will soon be translated to German)

While sustainability is finally becoming a mainstream concept in many parts of today’s society, a thought about sustainable shoes probably won’t pop up that quickly when thinking about fashionable footwear, stylish sneakers and elegant loafers. Sustainable shoes are probably not something you have heard a lot about. Unbeknownst to many,But this market is actually hot and big  and upcoming!. In this article I will talk about different forms oftell you about sustainability in the shoe markett, the different, while  methods that are used and will Ifurthermore introducinge you guys (and girls!) to a few very sustainable shoe brands.

 

At the peak of the consumerism-era, mMany of us are realizing that thconsumption has been steadily increasing for decades and that it has had, and continues to have, a very largethe impact on the environment. The fashion- and shoe industry have play an big important rolel in this process. Shoe manufacturing poses many threats to the wellbeing of our planet as large amounts of toxins, chemicals and fossil fuels are produced and leaked into the environment during the production process. This waste is harming all wildlife as well as us, causing many health problems. Next to these direct health effects, shoe manufacturing also produces large amounts of carbon dioxide, which contributes to the already serious effects of climate change and global warming.

 

Luckily though, a couple of different shoe brands have popped up which are developing and using better and more sustainable ways of production. Since most shoes (and especially our precious sneakers) feature some pretty environmentally unfriendly materials, this is a real goodwe are really excited about these positive advancements inclination!. According to the Washington Post, all of the environmental calamities associated with eating beef — greenhouse gas production, the destruction of the rain forests, the streaming of manure fertilizers into sensitive waterways — are also associated with wearing leather. An important step to a greener production therefore means using So the best thing a consumer can do for the environment is choosing a model with little or no leather, while developing and using other environmentally friendly materials.  However if you really  would like towant those stylish spit-shine wear leather shoes like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, faux leather, vegan leather (yes you read it correctly: vegan shoes!) or pleather (plastic leather) shoes are acould be a better option. One example of a brand that uses faux leather is Beyond Skin, which I will elaborate more on in this article. Examples of brands with vegan shoes are Beyond Skin and a collection of TOMS shoes. I will elaborate on all of these brand below.  

 

As you have read, vegan is not only possible in food, but also in your shoe choice. It is important to know that leather-free shoes aren’t all vegan. Next to no leather, no animal-based glue is a main aspect of vegan shoes. So fThis means that footwear is not truly vegan unless the manufacturer can guarantee that the glue is non-animal based. Examples of brands with vegan shoes are Beyond Skin and a collection of TOMS shoes. Beyond Skin works with synthetic leathers that are made from cotton-backed polyurethane (PU) and are sourced from Italy. PU looks a lot like PVC leatherette, but unlike PVC it's much kinder to the environment. PVC contains chlorine, a toxic chemical that produces dioxin during its manufacturing process and has been linked in numerous studies to estrogen-mimicking chemicals and nasties that cause asthma . Beyond Skin also works with, what they call, a 'dinamica' faux suede material, which is made of 100%, recycled PET plastics. Right now they are the only shoe brand that uses this material. They also pledge to give 1% of their profits to grass-root environmental and social projects.Beyond Skin makes woman shoes only, but a men’s line is in development (yessssss J).

 

Another material that is used for a lot of shoes is rubber. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the manufacture of synthetic rubber results in the release of more waste than the volume of rubber produced. An alternative for the use of rubber is recycled rubber. Some companies for example use recycled car tires. Sole Rebels is one of these brands, they are continuing an age-old tradition in Ethiopia, were they collect and sort used tires. They hand cut each and every one into soles, ensuring a perfectly fitted sole that is long lasting and very comfortable.e, according to themselves. The best of this is that they use products that usually will be thrown away.

 

FYE is a French brand that manufactures shoes with respect for the environment. The brand has shown its commitment to the environment by doingid two years of research to reduceto try to find the most environmentally way of shoe production the depletion of fossil fuels. This resulted in them and they decidinged to make their shoes out of biological cotton, recycled polyester with a sole that’s made of recycled shoes and naturally rubber. Their glue is water-based to reduce toxinsleading to less toxins.An extra advantage is that FYE further distinguishes itself from other shoe producers by workings with Planète Urgence, whom plant a tree for every sold shoe while furthermore and 5% of the market price is donated to projects that try to improve safety, health and education.

 

As you probably will know by now, making the manufacturing process more sustainable can be done in different ways. Another important key brand in the sustainable segment is the French brand Veja, which is leading in eco-friendly and ethical production for athletic shoes. Veja buys organic and ecologically friendly materials from 320 farmers who live in the poverty-stricken northeastnorth-eastern part of Brazil and the amazon. The cotton they buy is certified fair-trade, which means the farmers are paid fairly for their products and receive a premium at the end of each year for community development purposes. But Veja is not only fair trade; they also explicitly work for good cause. Good causeThis means that they are donating a percentage of the price to a charity funds. Veja donates to a social charity that helps the disadvantaged reintegrate into society through work. And last but not leastTo finalize their great list of efforts: Veja’s packaging is made of recycled and recyclable materials.

 

Not only Veja is brand that works with good cause, the The brand TOMS does the sameis another great brand which has included sustainability in their business concept. Trough purchasing TOMS shoes, sight, water and shoes are provided and safe birth and bullying preventions services are given to people in need, while furthermore safe birth and bullying prevention services are given to these people.TOMSThey works together with more than 100 giving partners to deliver these things in over 70 countries. The TOMS shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations whoich incorporate shoes into their community development programs.

I hope this article created more awareness amongst our visitors on the topic of sustainable shoes, and the different brand that each try to create sustainability in their own creative way. and makes you consider buying sustainable shoes. They Sustainable shoes are not only better for our environmenenvironment, t, but they are also quit okay good for your wallet (!!!!): most people think sustainable shoes are more expensive, but prices can be compared to those of sneakers from other (‘regular’) brands as Nike and others.[15] Besides sustainability we also select the brands we promote on design (obviouslyyyy).

 

So… why not buy sustainable shoes?

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